Cozy Christmas Tablescape

Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, I’m in full ‘Deck the Halls’ mode. I have Christmas music blasting all day and I’m decorating every inch of the house that I possibly can. Today I’m sharing my Christmas tablescape with you! I had a lot of fun designing this ‘scape, probably because Christmas is the best time of the year. Every new season and holiday I get excited to redesign my table. It’s probably my favorite thing in my house to decorate, besides my mantel.

I do my best to shop around my house first and reuse pieces from past tablescapes to create something new. I love decor but I’m on a budget. Every new tablescape is a challenge to create the best looking table on the smallest budget. For this table, I spent in total 30 dollars! That’s pretty good in my book.

For my Christmas decor this year I’m going for a Farmhouse buffalo check Christmas. I did stray slightly when it came to my Christmas tablescape but I love the way it turned out. Once again, I couldn’t find a table runner I liked. I wanted something more festive than the drop cloth table runner I made (you can find the tutorial here) so I used a blanket scarf I already had. I love the warm reds and golds in it and it was the perfect length and width. Boom! Easy table runner that didn’t cost me a penny.


The Centerpiece

Advent is a big deal in my family. You can check out my post on Advent stocking stuffers here. I had planned on doing a traditional Advent candle wreath but just couldn’t find wreath I liked (as usual) so I decided to take a different approach. I’ve had these silver mercury glass candlesticks for a while now and thought I’d give them a try. They look great! I have two different heights that work so well together. I paired them with this set of numbered pillar candles from IKEA. They were perfect because there are four Sundays in Advent and you light a new candle each week. These candles were only $6.99, talk about a good deal! I love the bold, black numbers on each one.

I lined up my candlesticks, with  the two larger ones in the center and wove my fresh garland around them. This garland is real and was only seven dollars from Trader Joe’s. It is white pine and 15 feet long! I had my husband cut in half for me to make it easier to work with. I wove the two pieces together and they ended up perfectly fitting the length of our table and hanging over the edge a bit, which I love!

plaid and rustic Christmas tablescape with live greenery and wooden charger plates with silver candle sticks

From there, I took a stem of red berries and cut them into smaller sprigs and placed them throughout the garland. I did the same thing with a snow covered pine stem and the lambs ear leaves I used in my Thanksgiving tablescape. I kind of challenge myself to reuse decor but make it look completely different than how I used it before.


The Place Settings

I already had the blanket scarf as a great base layer for my place settings. I was in Target about a month ago when I saw these gorgeous wooden charger plates in Target’s dollar section. They had two styles and I bought three of each to mix and match. ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’ is one of my favorite holiday phrases so I was excited to find these chargers. I also love the simplicity of the other one though, with the single tree burned into the top At only three dollars a piece, they were a great deal and make a big impact.

Christmas wooden charger plates from Target's dollar section

I layered my white dinner plates from IKEA on top of them. They’re the same ones I used in my Thanksgiving scape and I love the subtle scalloped edge. There’s something about white dishes that make me happy. I think it’s how simple they are. They provide endless possibilities because they’re so easy to dress up.

plaid blanket scarf with a live garland and white plates

I used a set of white napkins that my grandma gave me. She found them antiquing (she always finds the best stuff!) and she was kind enough to pass them down to me. From there, I took some of the boxwood garland that I used around the bottom of the candles to tie the napkin. Then I tied a wooden tag to the garland. Both the garland and tags are from Target’s dollar section. I feel like it’s only a matter of time until I say that about everything I own! The tags were meant to be gift tags but I had other ideas for them. I love how the red ties into the table runner and the script ‘joy’ was just too pretty to pass up. They work perfectly, I think they’re my favorite part!

The finished result is one that I’m very happy with! It’s warm, cozy, simple, and still festive. The garland also forced me to reconsider my seating arrangements since it hangs over the edge. I moved another chair to the side of the table and took away my fourth gray chair. It’s still seating for six, just a different configuration. I did the entire table in less than an hour and on a pretty good budget. It might change again before Christmas, I still have a whole month to go! We’ll have to wait and see but for now I’m loving the Christmas joy it’s bringing to our dining room.


The Details:

Table Runner- Blanket Scarf from Target last year; Here’s a similar one from Amazon

Candle Sticks- Tuesday Morning

Berry Sprigs- Michaels

Lambs Ear- Michaels

Numbered Candles- IKEA

Fresh Garland- Trader Joe’s

Snow Covered Pine Stem- Michaels

Wooden Charger Plates- Target Dollar Section

Dinner Plates- IKEA

Napkins- Vintage

Napkin Rings- Garland and gift tags from Target’s Dollar Section


Thanks for checking out my Christmas tablescape! Hopefully you got some ideas for your own scape. I’d love to see yours once it’s done, share it with me in the comments below or tag me on Instagram.

Happy Holidays!


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  1. Ali B

    December 4, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    How pretty! I will be using the greenery idea for my tablescape this year.

  2. Cindy Richter

    December 10, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Wow, wish we had a Trader Joe’s near us. That garland is fab just like the rest of your table. Love it all!

  3. Jenny

    December 14, 2017 at 2:51 am

    Love your Christmas tablescape! Gave me some great ideas to try out my self 😀 Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kristin

    December 15, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Looks so pretty on that plaid tablecloth!

  5. Kristin

    December 15, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Looks so pretty on that plaid tablecloth with that greenery!

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