12.20.2010

12 ideas for your Christmas table

I am finally getting my Christmas act together and my shopping is 90% finished!  Phew.
  We're going to a soup party tonight and I'm bringing Pioneer Woman's 
"Simple Chili". While I was shopping for ingredients I spotted these containers of wheat grass.

  I knew they were just what I needed for my Christmas tablescape.  Mind you, I had no idea what I was going to do with my table at the time, but when you see something you love (that is $2) you take the plunge and trust your gut.  Within an hour of being home I had the whole table planned out in my head.  You'll have to come back later this week to see if I can pull it off!

  Now for some inspiration!  Just click on a picture you like to be taken to the post.  
Don't be afraid to mix ideas from different tables.

You can keep it simple and still have a beautiful table.  See?
French Larkspur

Michelle designed this lovely outdoor table.  I think I might be using one of these 
elements on myself.  Thanks Michelle!

sweet something designs

This was a non-traditional design for Thanksgiving with a D.I.Y. tablerunner.  You could use craft paper in any color to create this look.  I will never forget this table because I think it's so stunning.  
full house

full house

This is actually a New Year's table but could easily translate to Christmas--Ralph Lauren style.
design indulgence

A beachy Christmas done right.  Just grab pitchers from around the house and fill with mixed greens and you have a classic, festive centerpiece.
design indulgence

Cristin prepared this table as "breakfast with Elf on the Shelf".  Isn't it great?

I like the layers of different fabrics.
simplified bee

Clean.  Simple.  A bit glamorous.  It's one of my favorite looks.
decorpad

This is a great, inexpensive idea with punch.  Just add silk or real flowers to the base of your candle holder and call it a day!  Thank you Martha.
Marth Stewart

It never hurts to add a little sparkle to your table to add a special tone to your look.
Martha Stewart

I think I'm going to have a pink and green table this year and I love Shelley's version.  She's so smart, she even used a pink scarf as her table runner!
Calypso In The Country

Calypso In The Country

Nate Berkus shows us how it's done.  I love the simplicity and the dash of color 
on the chairs--unexpected and beautiful.
Nate Berkus

5 Tips to take away:
1) Layer your table with elements you already have in your home. 
2) Votives and candlesticks are good.  End of story.
3)  Bring the outdoors in--twigs, flowers, berries, greens.
4)  There really is no "right" way to create your table.  Just play around until it feels good to you.  
5)  Don't be afraid to break-out from the traditional red and green colors.

Did anything strike you as a something you would
 use on your table this Christmas? 

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21 comments:

  1. I usually go for the bold colors, but the picture from decorpad really resonates me. Perhaps, due to all the Christmas decorations & stress, I'm already craving simplicity and fresh/clean look.

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  2. Abby...imagine my surprise when I scrolled down and saw my place settings! You are the best! I love all of the other ones also and got some great ideas for my files. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas Holiday.

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  3. I do not get to host a Christmas shindig this year.....buuuut, I do see more than a few elements we could use for the WEDDING reception!! Great ideas!

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  4. i wish i was hosting christmas, the table setting is my favorite part!

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  5. Abby,
    Thanks for posting my table setting! I was checking out your blog today and was surprised to see my pictures! I love all the other inspirational photos you posted. The Martha Stewart one is so simple and elegant..and easy! Have a wonderful holiday!

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  6. That paper circles runner is incredibly clever. I don't know yet what I'm going to do. I may change out my chandelier and go more glam on the table with some shiny gold fabric I've bought. Cant decide. I'm having both Christmas Eve and Day with 2 dinners, so I guess I better get working on it!

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  7. What pretty ideas. I have my table all planned for Christmas Eve dinner and because there are quite a few coming I set up multiple tables and "horrors"...tacky though it sounds, use decorative paper plates (hiding head in shame). But to compensate I do try to come up with a nice center piece and always have christmas crackers.

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  8. Ahhh, thanks so much for including my table. I am humbled... The others are beautiful. Wishing you and your family a merry Christmas.
    xo, cristin

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  9. Oh...I saw Suzie's table {decorpad} and I swooned all over again! Excellent choices of way to create something stunning without breaking the bank or slaving away at perfection. I need to save a few of these for "future" references. Thank you my dear!

    Cheers~
    e

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  10. All wonderful but I especially love Michelle's outdoor table and the New Year's table via design indulgence (have a weakness for feathers). All great inspiration!

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  11. all of those tables are gorgeous! xoxo

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  12. I love that you left us with five of your own tips. It gets a little boring when all people do is share a bunch of photos! Great tips :)

    I just stumbled across your blog for the first time and thought I would say hello! I looked through a few of your posts and love your style.

    I'm a blogger as well, about the world of art, but my history is in interior design and fashion. I love to hear what people are saying! Hope we get to see more of each other in the future.

    Bethany
    www.DirksenDabbles.com

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  13. abby, great tablescapes! i love the one by nate berkus the best :)))

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  14. oh I love the ornaments from the lights!!!

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  15. I especially love the napkin setting with the plaid tablecloth with the twigs and the bell! Very cute ideas!!

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  16. Love everything. And you are right there is no such thing as a wrong way!

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  17. These are all incredible! Great post sweetie!

    Luvs!

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  18. I just realised I haven't commented on this post, despite requesting it!

    Thanks, I love it. Very inspiring!

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  19. Such great tables! I especially love that "full house" runner- how awesome! Merry Christmas Abby!!

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