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.
Holiday Tablescape: 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.
The grand finale of my dining room decorating expedition was the arrival of my new dining table. The beautiful gray wash of the farmhouse table completely inspired a restyling of the room. This happened just in the nick of time for my holiday tablescape. I decided to remove all traces of red and turn the color palette to gray, cream, & white, with pops of green.
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.
- 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 Decor.
The Centerpiece and Holiday Tablescape 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.
Holiday Tablescape Bar Cart
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.
So in love with your dining room! I love your play of textures and the way you mixed them up. Your color scheme is gorgeous! Merry Christmas to both you and your families!
Sweet Joan, a compliment from you means so much! We are always amazed at your creations and count ourselves very blessed to be connected with you both here ad on Instagram. Wishing you the happiest of holidays. With love, Julie & Jodie
Summer Adams says
Oh this is absolute perfection! I love neutrals and greenery. Boxwood is always a favorite of mine and I absolutely love the pretty plates with the boxwood in the middle. Such a classy and stunning, yet cozy table and dining room. And thank you for your kind words!! Love you girls!! Muah!!??
You are a true blessing to us, Summer, a true blessing. Making real friends like yourself is on the top of the list of why we are drawn to doing what we do. Thank you for your friendship and your kindness always. From our hearts to yours, sending love, Julie & Jodie
Of course, your dining room is stunning! I just love all your elements and how they are so beautiful together! That is way cool that you have your grandma’s glasses, and they are so beautiful! Oh my, I so love your buffet, I studied everything that is displayed, and I would love one just like it! Thanks so much for joining us on our blog tour, you two add so much to our blogging group!
Aw Janine! Your words mean so much. Among all our many blessings we’ve received this year on our IG and blogging journey no blessing outshines YOU! Our growing friendship means everything to Jodie and me. We know the future will be joyful when we face the journey together! With love and gratitude, your friends, Julie & Jodie
Oh….MY….GAWD….? YOUR PICS LOOK EXQUISITE! I am head over heels for your moody lighting and beautiful tablescape!!! Jodie, you really delivered! Also, love all the glue ! ? I agree with you 100% ! There needs to be glue to hold everything together. The details are everything! I try and explain my client this when I present accessories to them. Sometimes they don’t get why we need those decorative items! Alone they might not make sense but all together it’s like magic! And your dining room is a perfect example!
Wow Oscar, Jodie and I are so very touched by your amazing praise! It means the world to us because we are in awe of your talent! Both of us! On a side note, the table is mine hee, hee (Julie’s), but no matter. We are constantly confusing people. It’s a continued joy and honor to be connected to you here, through our hops, and on IG. We wish you many blessings this Holiday Season. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Kim Hazel says
Julie what a darling tablescape! I love your neutral color palette with all the boxwood wreaths and I especially love the alabaster candle holders!! Soo gorgeous!! It is such a pleasure to do another hop with you, you always have such great ideas!
Wishing you a blessed Holiday season!
Kim, Your kind praise means so much to us! Thank you, Sweetie Pie, for your friendship and your support. We are honored and delighted to be connected to you and Lacey via our blog hop tours and hope the new year brings plenty more opportunities to collaborate together. Wishing you the happiest of holidays. With love, Julie & Jodie
Sheila Irwin says
I thought you did an amazing job with this table! I love the natural elements, the burlap chargers are adorable! And the white plates with the boxwood wreaths on top – too cute! Neutrals and greens are a definite fav:)
Thank you to both of you for your support and encouragement through all the hops – I have so enjoyed doing them with you!
Aw Sheila, To wake up to your kind kind reply has me smiling ear to ear. Words of praise from one we admire feels extra special. Your friendship and support means so much to us as we travel this uncharted territory. We too wish you all God’s great blessings at Christmas time and all throughout the New Year. With love, your friends, Julie & Jodie
Very nicely done ladies!! I love all of the details down to the little birds in the center of the table. Those candelabras are fantastic!!
Christina, Thank you so much for your kind reply. Jodie and I absolutely love hearing from you. We appreciate your kindness and support. We hope that you will continue to stop by and get inspired. Until the next time, wishing you happy holidays! With love and gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Bonita Herron says
Could you please tell me where you purchased your bar cart ? I absolutely love it !!
Hi Bonita, Welcome to our blog. We are so glad you are here! We hope you will stop back often. Isn’t that cart adorable? It is made by Bramble Company. You can find it online. It’s usually a custom order piece so you can choose the color and distress level. The top part is a removable tray. It’s actually a tea cart or trolley. It is called the Alyssas Tea Trolley in their Sloane collection. Blessings to you, Julie
I’m taking a peak at table decor as easter is coming up and I’d love to do a cute table scape for my family. I’m currently building our new kitchen table and what better way to showcase it than to dress it up a little!
Rhonda Comus says
Jodie and Julie-
I love everything about this tablescape. I always notice and admire your girl’s beautiful glassware. Besides any passed down from family, have you picked any up at garage sales or thrift stores? I’ve purchased a set at a garage sale and my mother in law gave me her mother’s glassware which I treasure. I’m just in awe with you girls. You make me smile. ????????????
Selena Cate says
Where can I find the boxwood wreaths, plates, and votive holders – please🙏🙏🙏 the links provide for the wreath is no good, and there was no link for the votives☹️
Good Morning Selena,
This post was created in 2016, so unfortunately a lot of the shopping links no longer work. We try to update posts, but we have over 200 posts. We are working very hard on this very task, but it is an ongoing process of continual updating. So we apologize for the out-of-date shopping links. This post poses even more challenges. One is that I featured a lot of items that are antiques and family heirlooms. Next, several items are simply no longer available. The votives are from Southern Living at Home that is out of business. You can Google it and I did come across one listing I believe on Ebay (a great place to find out of date items). The exact plates I have been unable to trace since I bought them at a boutique back in 2016. The good news is that I did find the boxwood wreaths, just like the ones I use throughout my home. The link is in the post. Thank you kindly for reading our blog. Wishing you all the best, Julie