10 Christmas Table Styles

10 STYLISH CHRISTMAS TABLE SETTINGS

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).

Visit any of my shops below for the sale –

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

READY SET CRAFT KITS

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!

Christmas Home Tour Part 1

CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR PART I

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My plan today was to share a full home tour after getting all the Christmas decorations up but my Canon point and shoot camera has been giving me problems (the shutter is staying open too long) when I photograph in low light.  Any photographers out there. . . please help and please post in the comments to give me some pointers on how to fix this in my settings on my Canon 5x/16.0 camera?  I did manage to clean them up a bit with Photoshop- but you can clearly see the blurry line running through all my photos, where the shutter is not quite closed.  Ugh!

Christmas Home Tour 2016

So instead I am just posting a few of the photos that I took last night that I managed to do a quick touch up.  I’ll take some better daytime photos this week and get them posted later in the week for the Home Tour Part II.

 Above is our formal living room with our stone fireplace with my decorated mantle and our staircase that I added Christmas greenery and lanterns on top of our banister pillars – our house is lit up every where at night.  Every nook of the house features sparkling lights.  I may have gone a tad overboard on the electric lights.

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Our dining room- see the reclaimed wood farmhouse XMAS sign on the buffet – I made it!

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Our little woodland creatures table – I love the trendy animals made from wood, pine cones, and other natural materials that have been popular the past few years.

Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree really came out amazing this year.  We bought a larger 9 foot tree since we have vaulted ceilings – I finally got the tall Christmas tree I always wanted.  Later this week, I will share many of the handmade ornaments and other hand painted Christmas decorations I have made over the years.

Christmas EntranceThis is my favorite part of our home – the front inside entry.  I plan to transition this table for every season.  I made the JOY reclaimed wood sign as well for this table.

Stay tuned for some gift giving ideas on Wednesday and the second part of my Christmas home tour -the day time tour with much better photos- I promise!

Jill Signature

Christmas Party Ideas

CHRISTMAS PARTY IDEAS & WINTER CUPCAKE RECIPE

Christmas Party Table

Did you survive the Black Friday sales?  I don’t know about you – but I ignored my cell phone and tablet for much of the Thanksgiving weekend to spend time with friends and loved ones over the holiday and to focus on what is important.  So, this morning I opened my email in-box to find over 80 plus sales and marketing emails from the weekend. Ugh!

It was a bit excessive to say the least and annoying! Delete, delete, delete!  I really wish retailers would recognize the difference between successful email marketing and spam, because, even if you do opt in for a retailer’s marketing emails. . .  too much – IS SPAM!

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Seriously, some of these online retail websites emailed me 6 times in one day- and on Thanksgiving?? All in an effort to promote the Black Friday sales.  I have unsubscribed to several email lists, as of this morning.

I promise to offer some holiday inspiration over the next few weeks, instead of a  “buy this, sale, shop now, hurry before the sale ends!”, type blog posts.   I know how stressful the holidays can be as it is- so I want to inspire you this Christmas, offer some quick diy projects, decorating tips, and holiday recipes here at the Party Fetti blog to make it more enjoyable and not use my blog solely as a marketing platform.  Although I do email my subscribers with a sale promo about once every two to three months, in addition to my regular blog posts here – generally with links to my Etsy shops at the end of many of my posts , such as today’s post- still, my priority is to help you to throw the best celebration!  I started this blog to inspire my followers to offer tips for party and holiday decorating and I will continue to offer plenty of holiday ideas over the next few weeks.

So, let’s get to it!  Below I am sharing a quick recipe for Snowball Mini Cupcakes – scroll down for the recipe.  

However, first, here are a few quick decorating tips for a Christmas party or for any winter event or winter birthday party-

Onederland Party

Use what you have! Pull items from your Christmas decorations, such as feather trees, snowflake ornaments, large glass containers, and a simple cupcake stand, like this set up shown above, for a 1st birthday as a Winter Onederland party.  Love the pink for the little girl too!

Winter Birthday Party

Set up a wintry scene with fake snow, white trees, pine cones, and snowmen.

This works for an adult holiday party or for a children’s birthday party.  A color palette of white, grey, silver, and blue ties it all together – but don’t be afraid to go with pinks and neon colors for a more contemporary winter color scheme!   Cover all your candy and wine bottles (or soda bottles for the kids) with coordinating printable labels.  You can find many complete printable party kits on Etsy – if you are a diy’er and don’t mind a few hours of cutting with scissors- this is a huge money saver for any party.  You just need a good quality home color printer.  A straight cutter (a paper cutting tool that many scrapbookers use) will save you time on the cutting too.

Wine Labels

Be creative with your signage and use a play on words, like this clever party sign below, and so easy to print and frame-

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If you don’t have hours to cook- that is Okay! Get creative with your packaging of store bought foods, like these labeled and packaged marshmallows for a hot cocoa bar –

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Now for the Snowball Mini Cupcakes Recipe

Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients:
  1. 1 (15.25-ounce) box devil’s food cake mix
  2. 1 cup whole milk
  3. 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
  4. 3 large eggs
  5. 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  6. 1 (3.4-ounce) box vanilla instant pudding mix
  7. 1 cup chopped flaked coconut
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 2 (24-cup) mini muffin pans with baking spray with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cake mix, milk, oil, and eggs with a mixer at medium speed until moistened, about 2 minutes. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 12 minutes. Let cool in pans for 5 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat cream and pudding mix at high speed until fluffy. Spoon mixture into a piping bag fitted with a small round tip.
  4. Make a small incision in the bottom of cupcakes, and pipe 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla mixture into centers. Pipe vanilla mixture over tops of cupcakes; sprinkle with coconut. Serve immediately.

Stop by any of my Etsy shops for some quick holiday decorations and gift ideas if you don’t have much time to do it yourself this month-

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

READY SET CRAFT KITS

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

Come back to the blog all this month for more holiday inspiration!

Have a great week!

Jill Signature Party Fetti Blog