10 Christmas Table Styles


When the spread is this stylish, no one will notice if you overcook the roast on Christmas Day! Here are ten popular trendy styles for setting up your Christmas dining table.

Let’s start with Farmhouse– its the big 2016 home decor trend right now.

So, if you don’t have this vintage 1950’s model red truck with a Christmas tree in the back- seriously, if I see this one more time. . .

it is a bit redundant on every blog and home design store this year,  don’t worry if you did not rush out and pay $50 for that one Christmas decoration!  Please do NOT buy this- it is not worth the price and will most likely not be in style next year! Some home design trends can be skipped, if it is not in your budget.

Farmhouse is a mod podge of vintage items with rustic and woodsy decor, at least for this 2016 Christmas and its very easy to create this table setting.  Visit an antique store for some old ceramic putz houses, smaller Christmas trees, wood candle holders, other vintage decor, and any rustic style painted signs you can find locally.  Gather some oldie decorations for your centerpiece, add in some natural wood elements, and give it some height.  Place settings for the farmhouse style consist of vintage plates and glasses. Goodwill or your local thrift shop is a great and affordable place to find really nice vintage gold and silver plated tableware.

Next up is traditional Plaid – it is an easy go-to and never goes out of style for Christmas.

The updated version of plaid is Buffalo Check– black and red squares.

I like to call this next style Wintry – its icy blue and silver with strong elements of white.

Woodsy has been popular the past few years and is still very much in for this year.  Pull together sliced tree slabs, natural pine cones,  fresh or fake evergreen sprigs, and add in some miniature deer, elk, birds, bears or other forest creatures to get the look.

You can never go wrong with a style of Sophisticated Elegance and the best way to achieve this style at your Christmas table is to keep it simple and in a monotone (one) color scheme. This predominately silver set-up is a good example.  All gold works just as well too!

Shabby Chic has been around for a while and is wonderful way to create an atmosphere of comfort and nostalgia. The American version is lots of pinks, light blue, and mint green layered on creme.  For a more French style of shabby chic, stick with elements of grey and black layered on stark white.  The key decorative elements include – vintage lacy or crochet linens, chandeliers, crystal, and lots of roses.

Scandinavian has its style roots from mid-century (1950’s) and is a reduction of everything.  It is simple and clean.  Think IKEA- but not as cheap.  This table setting is a good example- pick only one or two decorative pieces (snowflake candles and embroidered hearts shown below) and repeat it without over-doing it. Red is definite must for creating this style, as it is a dominate color in the culture and pairs perfectly for Christmas.

There is not a darn thing wrong with Whimsical.  If you pull it off, it can be fun and still classy.  It also makes a perfect set up if you plan to sit all the children at your Christmas dinner at a separate table.  What defines this style?  Any theme that is a bit more childlike- peppermint, Christmas movie themes, more non-traditional colors like neon brights or pastel pinks and blues.  Consider your table as Wooville in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and go from there for a whimsical style.

Last is Traditional – basically dominate colors of red and green.  No need to spend a lot of money on this one.  Use your tableware and add in a solid red and solid green or even white with these two dominate colors layered on top.  Go with fabric for your linens in these two solid colors for your tablecloth, place mats, and napkins.  Lots of candles are great for the table center.   An easy and inexpensive table centerpiece can be created using red and green glass bulb ornaments fill inside a large clear glass bowl or vase.

So, there you have it – 10 Christmas table styles to get you ready of your holiday gathering.

Be sure to stop by my shops this week for the

Christmas Clearance SALE!

Use discount code:  XMAS25 for 25% off all Christmas decorations.

Now is a great time to stock up for next year!

Keep in mind that if ordering now, you won’t receive your order before Christmas and the sale is only for ready to ship Christmas inventory (custom deigns are excluded).

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This will be my last post for the Christmas holiday – so I’ll wish you a Merry Christmas! Come back after the holiday for more great party and New Year’s Eve decorating ideas!

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Handmade Christmas Decorations


handmade Santa

Earlier this week I promised I would show you some of my handmade and hand painted Christmas decorations that I have created over the years.  Many of you know that I have been an artist and painter for almost all my life.  While I work mostly in card stock now, creating party and wedding favors and decorations – I was once an avid painter. One of my favorite handmade painted wood pieces is the Santa fireplace mantel sitter, shown above.  He is one of my larger pieces that I have kept for many years and I still love to display him on my mantel right next to our Christmas stockings.

handmade Santa ornament

Our Christmas tree is filled with hand painted ornaments too.  Above are a few of my Santa ornaments and below are my snowman ornaments.

snowman ornament

A few more hand painted ornaments and figurines below – and reindeer of course!



Over the years I painted on anything and everything mostly wood, however, I also painted a few boxes.   That heart Santa box is one of the first larger pieces that I ever painted.  He is so very farmhouse style now!

Christmas boxes

My one and only hand-made paper ornament that I made this year – I really should get to making more of these!

handmade Christmas ornament

Last year I found this stunning Christmas coloring page. I printed it on watercolor card stock and watercolor painted it and then framed it.  It looks great in our kitchen.

Painted winter scene

 Although some of my hand painted decorations look a little outdated (or I prefer, “vintage”) – I will always keep them and display them every Christmas.  There is something wonderful about handmade Christmas decor and over the years it has been a tradition for me to add at least one new handmade item to our holiday display.   Thanks for stopping by the blog and letting me show off some of my handmade Christmas decorations.

If you don’t have time to make your own Christmas decorations but love handmade, stop by any of my shops below for something handmade by me for you!

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Hope you have a great week!  Come back soon – I am excited to share our basement remodel next week.

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