With Christmas just a few days away, I’m sharing beautiful Christmas tablescape inspiration to you, plus a festive DIY craft video!
One of my favorite things to do when prepping for holiday dinners is to set the table and design a beautiful tablescape. And when I say favorite, I really do mean favorite. A few days before Christmas, I put on some Christmas music in the background and I start designing. Tablescapes are what I search most on social media outlets, and when thumbing through magazines, I have tear sheets upon tear sheets hanging on my walls in my studio of tablescape inspiration. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m obsessed, but designing a pretty table is something I most enjoy.
This year for my Christmas table, I decided to have one continuous centerpiece. Instead of one floral arrangement, I made five, mostly made with greenery from my yard, with just a smidge of help from the grocery store. And, since candlelight is a must, I set several votives all the way down the table. I always have tea light votives on hand; they come in bulk, they’re inexpensive, and they always achieve the warmth I want on my table.
I love to mix old and new, especially for tablesettings. Vintage transferware topped with a classic Christmas Spode salad plate, both holding court to the DIY custom charger plate underneath. Pattern on pattern is my tablesetting motto, and the holiday plaid on the charger plate is the star of this show.
Inspired by this charger plate from Williams Sonoma, I decided to save on the wallet and create my own. DIY custom charger plates is a craft I love to do, and with the endless fabric choices and budget friendly costs, the end result is certainly high impact.
I put together a quick how-to video for you.
For the stemware, every placesetting gets a wine glass, and instead of a typical water goblet or glass, I decided to use a stemless flute. Even if one doesn’t drink wine, any beverage always looks fabulous in a wine glass.
The napkin gets loosely tucked under the dinner plate with a little drape over the side. The forks go to the left, the knife on the right. I even mix up the flatware patterns so not everything is too match-y, match-y.
Do you have a round or square table rather than a rectangle? Then for the centerpiece, perhaps group three smaller arrangements together in a triangle formation, with lots of votives placed in and around. One tip to remember when designing centerpieces is to keep them low. This way, everyone can see each other when seated. No one wants to be leaning sideways just to see the person across the table.
Shop the cabinets for your holiday tablescape. Even if you don’t have Christmas themed plates on hand, you can customize the setting with the DIY charger plates with any fabric pattern you want. That’s the beauty. Believe me when I say creating a beautiful holiday tablescape is just as delightful as the meal you will enjoy, and the love and entertainment of those surrounding you at dinner.