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.

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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  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.

  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.

  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!

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

  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!

  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!

  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.

  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

  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!


  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!

  11. all of those tables are gorgeous! xoxo

  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.


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

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

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

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

  17. These are all incredible! Great post sweetie!


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

    Thanks, I love it. Very inspiring!

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


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