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Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday Table Setting | Centerpiece Ideas for Christmas Table

I'm re-sharing this post from last year - enjoy!  Later this week, I'll be sharing some photos from our holiday parties this year!

Cozy & Elegant
Holiday Dinner Party 
Table Setting

This year, I continued my "Handstitched Holiday" theme to my table setting.  As I mentioned, I have never before officially had a 'theme' for decoration for Christmas... this just sort of happened, but I like it.  It makes every decorating, wrapping, baking and table setting project so easy. 

I like this long brambling 'centerpiece' that runs the entire length of the table versus just one centerpiece element in the, well... center.  To achieve this look, I placed sprigs of cedar to create a swag look.  Next, I placed two boxwood topiaries (that used to live on my mantle...) and dressed them up with a red and natural striped ribbon.  Finally, I tucked in various shapes and sizes of chunky white pillar candles. 

The table is set with my Spode brown and ivory china dinner plates, white hemstitch linen napkins, country wine and water glasses, and pewter flatware.  I wrapped the napkin in jute upholstery webbing - you can find it in craft stores in the upholstery section.  On top of each napkin I placed a gingerbread candy cane cookie. 

Here is a close up of the topiary - it is fake... cake you tell?  It is the only fake thing in my entire house, but I really like them so I don't care!  They're my rules, I'll break them if I want to.

I love this cedar greenery - the little yellow tips add a great dimension and texture.


  1. kelly in georgia4:40 PM

    Jenny, I really like your table! The fake topiaries could have fooled me, and like you, I try my best to use only "the real stuff." A centerpiece for the dining room table is ALWAYS my hardest thing to do. There are always the dishes and the food, and I want it to be simple on the table. In fact, I am stuck right now for this year. Last year, I used numbered plates with my red dinnerware (see the Lettered Cottages post on "Christmas Cottages"), but this year, I have scored a lot of Williams Sonoma Christmas Icons plates, mugs, spoons, and a platter on ebay and I am using them with my white dinnerware. I have yet to come up with a centerpiece that works for me. Maybe a light will turn on in my head over the weekend!

  2. Did you purchase the short wine glasses online? I have seen those in stores and loved them, but am having a hard time finding them online.

  3. Wow, I just found your blog and love everything! Your pewter flatware is beautiful, where is it from? The table looks elegant and welcoming. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi,
    I bumped on this beautiful table set and just wanted to say I love your blog/style ;)!
    Kind Regards,

  5. Food your blog via pinterest. loving everything I'm seeing. xo marlis

  6. Anonymous5:59 PM

    I think that it is your photo and it was placed there without your knowledge ;)

  7. Awww these photos of christmas centerpieces are all amazing! I love them and I really want to share them in my Christmas table decorations pinterest board if it's allowed. Cheers!

  8. I like you using greens and natural Christmas table decorations in your holiday table setting. I always opt rustic theme for every holiday decorating endeavor, although my family want me to experiment with new theme. I'm gonna show this to them. Cheers!


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