Christmas Table Settings

10 STYLISH CHRISTMAS TABLE SETTINGS

When the spread is this stylish, no one will notice if you overcook the ham on Christmas Day!

Before getting to the top ten trendy styles for setting up your Christmas dining table this year, be sure to stop by my Etsy shops this week for all your Christmas decorations.

Visit any of my shops below for this year’s trends –

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

READY SET CRAFT KITS

Let’s start with Farmhouse– its the big home decor trend right now and of course it is also popular for Christmas decorating.

So, if you don’t have this expensive vintage model red truck with a Christmas tree in the back . . .

. . . don’t worry, there is no need to rush out and pay for this!  In fact, I highly recommend passing on it.  Why?  It is not worth the price tag and will most likely not be in style a few years from now! Some home design trends can be skipped, especially if it is not in your budget.

You should set up your home and your dining table for Christmas in YOUR style not with exactly the same popular cookie cutter item that so many will have in their home.  Honestly, this red truck image is a bit redundant – on every pillow, gift bag, not too mention so many popular home decor blogs.

So, let’s get to the trends, that you can put together on a budget and in your own style.

FARMHOUSE CHRISTMAS DINING TABLE

Farmhouse is a  mix of vintage items with rustic and woodsy decor, at least for the past few years and is still trending this Christmas and its very easy to create a farmhouse table setting- without that red truck!  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.

PLAID CHRISTMAS DINING TABLE

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

BUFFALO CHECK CHRISTMAS DINING TABLE

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

WINTRY CHRISTMAS DINING TABLE

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

WOODSY CHRISTMAS DINING TABLE

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.

ELEGANT DINING TABLE

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 DINING TABLE

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 DINING TABLE

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 contemporary.  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.

WHIMSICAL DINING TABLE

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.

TRADITIONAL DINING TABLE

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.

Come back and visit the blog for more holiday inspiration and decorating ideas!

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Fall Home Tour

FALL HOME TOUR

Why My Home Is Not Farmhouse Style

There is one thing you should know about our home- it is not farmhouse style and thank goodness! I need COLOR!

Fall is my favorite season, because of all the bright colors of autumn. I like my pumpkins orange and not white and grey. No offence to those who have white decor, white walls, white furniture and white everything.  I do love neutrals – looking at all those ivory, grey, and tan shades is certainly calming and wonderful . . . in someone else’s home. As for me, I went with neutral walls so that I could change out my home decor every season with a pop of color.

Today I am sharing a few areas of my home decorated for fall, starting with our entry table above that is a layered abundance of fall floral arrangements and rustic accents. Yes, I painted that scarecrow stave in the corner many years ago and made the fall wood sign last year.

Our dining room has a wonderful large bay window that lets in so much light in the morning – of course I took these photos a bit late in the afternoon, so even with my flash on and lights all turned on, its a bit dark, but I think its still bright enough to show off.  One of my favorite pieces in our home is the wood box centerpiece on our dining room table – I change it up every season.  Right now it’s filled with leaves, glitter pumpkins, acorns and three electric candles.

My husband made the hanging wood piece above our buffet.  I designed it, but he built it for me last year.  I added the lanterns and switch out the wreath for different holidays.

We just purchased this sideboard cabinet a few weeks ago- it has stunning details, which is why I fell in love with it, plus it was refinished.  I found it at our local area pop up shops in Kansas City, called the West Bottoms.  I love shopping there- I always find recycled home decor and vintage treasure!

This is our kitchen and informal dining room fireplace and my favorite place in the home.  On cold winter nights we turn on the gas fireplace and eat dinner at this cozy table-

Last are a few of my side tables decorated for fall around our home.

Finally, a few items I’ve tucked in that are actually for sale over at my home decor shop on Etsy-  Once Upon A Home Designs

This set of wood pumpkins and fabric pumpkins made by me –

Be sure to stop by my other shop for all your Halloween and fall party decorating needs too-

The Party Fetti Shop

If you are a crafter, stop by my craft supplies shop –

Ready Set Craft Kits

Come back and visit the blog soon – I will be sharing much more holiday decorating ideas in the next few weeks.

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Fall Decorating For The Home & Parties

FALL HOME DECOR AND FALL PARTY DECORATING IDEAS

Hello!  Just a quick update to let you know that I have added so much new fall and Halloween home decor to my Etsy shop-

 Once Upon A Home

. . . and lots of great favors, banners, craft supplies and more to my other shops below –

The Party Fetti Shop

Ready Set Craft Kits

Stop by and browse to get ready for your next party- like this adorable pumpkin patch party perfect for a fall birthday party!

I’ll be back later this week with fall front door decorating ideas and next week I’ll open my own home for a fall tour!

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