the best holiday tablescape Ideas for your dining room
Whether you are going for casual or elegant, rustic or glam, these seven gorgeous holiday tablescape ideas will inspire your decorating imagination.
Your Holiday Tablescape
Welcome to another fun blog hop decor tour. This one is all about creating a Gorgeous Holiday Tablescape. Jodie and I are very grateful to Janine, our amazing friend and blogger extraordinaire, for organizing and hosting this tour. The holidays are a wonderful time to get lots of ideas for your entertaining and family events. But truth be told, all of the ideas presented can be applied to any seasonal theme throughout the year.
If you have arrived from our dear and talented friend Summer, She Leaves A Little Sparkle, an extra special welcome. She is what we call a hard act to follow. However, I’m always amazed at how each of us fellow decorators has a totally different take on the same topic, creating a wonderfully diverse experience if you complete the tour. So, I hope you will stay tuned to join our next gifted decorator, Joan, 2 Ladies and A Chair, on her tour so you don’t miss any of the awesome holiday inspiration. Enjoy.
The Dining Room
I love decorating my dining room. I’m not really sure why it’s my favorite room to decorate. Maybe it’s the beauty of the chandelier, maybe it’s the built-in drama of the crown molding. It could be the relative clarity of purpose in a dining room. I mean, it’s hard to go wrong with form and function. All this being said, I have struggled since I moved into my house, always dreaming of ways to make the room live up to the vision in my mind. The excitement I have today is that I finally feel like I have achieved what I’ve been working toward steadfastly for two and a half years.
Creating a Holiday Tablescape
I love the look of these cream alabaster candelabras with the gray of the table. These two colors mix beautifully. I also love the rustic farmhouse style mixed with the old-world elegance of the antique pieces. To continue the soft mix of these I brought out my creamy white plates. The best part about these plates are the scalloped-edged, fleur-de-lis details that make these plates anything but plain. Such a perfect touch to my holiday tablescape.
Here are my color choices:
- Silver & Gold
- Cream & White & Tan (burlap)
Now, this may seem like a lot of colors, but silver is a version of gray, a “fancy” version. And tan or burlap goes right along with cream. I love mixing variations of shade of the same color. These days I also love to mix metals, so where there is silver I usually welcome gold. It adds interest without conflict.
To create interest at each place setting I love to build layers. In keeping with my color palette here are the layers I used.
- Black & White paper placemats
- Burlap Chargers
- White scalloped-edged fleur-de-lis plates, large & small
- Burlap ribbon
- Small green boxwood wreath
- Wrought iron votive holder with candles
To follow the mood set by the antique alabaster candelabras I decided to bring out my grandmother’s antique champagne glasses. These delicate, old-fashioned beauties added just the right touch of understated elegance to complete the look.
For more holiday décor inspiration, read our latest post on fabulous Christmas Décor.
The Centerpiece and Table Details
The lead players in the center of the table are the antique alabaster candelabras. They strike a commanding pose. Then in the very middle I have two antiqued gray-washed “cages.” Inside are two gold bottle brush Christmas trees. In between all these statement-makers are the details. These details are important and act like glue to the presentation of my holiday tablescape. They help the large items look like they are not floating. They also help connect everything.
I used miniature birds (to go with the theme of the cages). Connecting everything is a cream-colored miniature pom-pom garland. The goal is always to have enough detail and decor without overdoing it. Who is to say how much is enough? This question is subjective for sure. You will have to judge for yourself and do what pleases your personal aesthetic.
Style and functionality rolled into one. Quite literally as mine is on wheels. A bar cart can be festive and functional. Serve up your favorite drinks and decorate with simple holiday details.
I hope you enjoyed my Holiday Tablescape. Next please head on over to the fabulous Joan, 2 Ladies And A Chair. She never fails to truly inspire us. We know you’ll be so happy you did.
Below we have included affiliate links for your shopping convenience. There are some exact products I used in my room and some that are similar. Unfortunately many of the exact items I used are either antiques or items that are no longer for sale.