Sunday, December 21, 2014

Set Your Table With Flair--A Rustic, Traditional Christmas

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This time of year is so incredibly busy, isn't it?  Shopping, cooking, planning, and most importantly, giving!  It all seems worth it though, and I am always in such a euphoric state.  :)   I just love it!

A few weeks ago, I decided to try to transform my home into a sort of quasi-lodge this season.  What that meant to me is I wanted to keep things pared down with simple, rustic elements.  In today's post, I am sharing my final Christmas tablescape for this season.  I am a traditionalist in my heart-of-hearts, so this setting will fuse rustic elements along with the traditional themes I love this time of year.  I hope you enjoy the post.

What does tradition mean to you?  Personally for Christmas, I just adore tartan, so I began this table in a dramatic dark tartan of green, black, with red and gold elements.

Vibrant red chargers, clear plates, and cream saucers complete the plate stack.  Gold flatware to capture and reflect the gold metallic of the tartan cloth was set as a compliment.

Rustic to me means lots of greenery on the table, so I wove a pine garland down the length of the table....placed ornaments, pinecones, and poinsettias.

Tall red taper candles in clear candle holders and different-sized cream pillar candles were placed along with the greenery.

Red napkins, held by tiny grapevine twiggy napkin holders were set at each setting along with mini pinecones as place settings, and tartan place cards.

At each setting, a premade topiary tree dressed handsomely in McQueen Tartan was added along with green-footed stemware.  Along with Blackwatch tartan, McQueen is likely one of my favorites!

If you would like to view the tutorial to make these mini topiary trees, you may do so by visiting the post on my blog The Crafting Table here.

On the back of each chair, grapevine twiggy wreaths with more tartan.


Closer look.

Santa keeps a watchful eye on the festivities from the closeby ballerina table.  Hello, there!  Ho, Ho, Ho!

Completed tablescape.

Here are a couple shots with the candles lighted.  There's nothing like a candlelit dinner!  So warm and intimate!

Have a lovely, lovely holiday season!

From my collection:
Red chargers and clear plates, generic
Cream saucers, Ralph Lauren Whipstitch Collection
Flatware, Wallace Grand Duchess Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Garland, Large ornaments, and mini pinecones 3/$1, The Dollar Tree
Pillar candles, Ross
Mini ornaments, Hobby Lobby
All other items, thrifted, including tartan, twiggy wreaths, and stemware, which is Luminarc France Emerald Green

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  1. Your Christmas table is simply gorgeous! Your plaid topper, the plates and all your elements you've chose to create this setting is stunning. Your house looks lovely too.
    Have a very merry Christmas.

  2. Simply stunning! Love the detail of the wreath on the chairs. Beautiful table, as always!

  3. I love how the tree looks like it is coming right out of the table. It just flows right thru the door on in to the room. such great colors and I am a great one for plaids in my last post I too used a dark plaid on my table almost the same colors as yours.Susie

    1. Thank you, Susie! I'm a little tartan obsessed, especially at Christmas! I'll mosey over and take a look. Thank you for visiting!

  4. Your Christmas table is gorgeous!

  5. What an utterly delightful table! You can't go wrong with plaid. Everything feels elegant, but cozy and welcoming, too! Merry Christmas!

  6. Beautiful table, I am really loving the plaid!

  7. Very pretty setting.

    Love your flatwares...

    TY for sharing and happy holidays.


  8. Like your rustic style! From me traditions are most important - old from childhood, and new my family ave developed ourselves.
    Merry Christmas :-)