Christmas Tablescape

Christmas prep is really not complete for me until I've come up with a plan for our dining room tablescape.  

This year I once again drew from items we have on hand.  

The base placemat is square, woven and gold.  They're no longer available, but a similar style can be found at Distinctive-Decor

Resting on the square gold placemat is my favorite charger ever ... they're round rattan with scalloped edges and I found them a few years ago at Pier One.  They appear to also be discontinued, but Pier One carries a really lovely round charger without scalloped edging HERE.

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The rattan charger is topped with a red plastic charger to complete a trio of placemats/chargers that provides nice texture.

A creamy white porcelain dinner plate contrasts the red charger.  This dinnerware set has been the perfect foundation for holidays and special occasions.  With basic white, you can add any color combination/design of complimentary salad plates and bowls.  I'm so glad I bought 12 place settings several years ago.  

This set is Red Vanilla Classic from Overstock and you can find it HERE

Now for the cutest little holiday plates!  Have you seen the adorable holiday dinnerware collection at Walmart?  I wouldn't have believed it, either!  But, they have an entire set of several different winterscape designs - I chose Santa with his reindeer pulling his sleigh.  Other designs include a Christmas tree, a little deer, the popular red car/truck with Christmas tree, winter landscape and several other designs.  

Each year we enjoy crackers (or do you call them poppers?).  This year's are red with a gold glitter scroll design.

Napkins are red cloth and napkin rings were a last minute project.

The cardboard "rings" are twine ball centers that I saved and they're really sturdy and thick cardboard.  One quick coat of my "go to" metallic gold paint was all it took to give them a little gilding.

The paint is from Target and it's Valspar's Devine Color in Karat.  It comes out beautifully when I've used it on plastic, metal, wood and now, cardboard! 

An added touch of glitz with decorative ribbon and the napkin rings were all set to go.

Our Christmas Day meal will be buffet style and silverware will be in the caddy nearby.  Final touch to the tablescape was water goblets and I called it done.

The centerpiece is a large, clear glass cloche filled with red and gold ornaments, placed on a tray encircled with red and gold strands of garland.

The tray is one of a set of two from Decor Steals.  They're farmhouse style wood trays with metal handles.

Now that the table is all set, I guess I'd better firm up the menu!  

Are you all set for a holiday meal?  We start out buffet style (using the wonderful Crock-Pot Hook Up connectable entertaining unit), and then favorite dishes seem to find their way to the dining table.

Do you serve buffet style, or family style with serving dishes on the table?  Or, like us ... a mix of both?

Your comments are greatly appreciated and I look forward to your thoughts and ideas!  I try to respond to comments via email as soon as I can. If your email address isn't available, I will comment here. Thanks so much for visiting!

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  1. Your table looks lovely, love the red and gold, so pretty. Beautiful salad
    plates too..........Merry Christmas

  2. Love the layering of chargers and placemat. A beautiful table!

  3. It looks lovely, Carolyn. You give such attention to detail in everything that you do. Now, what time is dinner?

  4. It all looks very elegant! I'm sure everyone will enjoy it.

  5. Beautiful.. I love all the chargers.. Just adds to the wonderful feel.. The wal mart plates are adorable.. Hope you and your family have a wonderful dinner and a wonderful Christmas..
    PS.. I am sad to say...[shame on me]--- we use paper plates...eeeeh.. There is a lot of us and it is so much easier.. [I think you can call me a 'little lazy" lol