Holiday Tablescapes

With Halloween over, we find ourselves headed straight for the “Holidays”.  This time of year for me is one of warm fires, puzzles, cuddly throws, and family dinners! Helping my family and guests of Legacy Cottage feel cozy and a happy anticipation of what is to come is one of my favorite things do. Tablescapes and settings are a fun way to create anticipation in your guests. Immediately upon seeing a well set table,  thoughts of a mouth-watering meal and delightful conversation begin to take shape. A table setting and maybe even a place card tells your guest and family members you were thinking and planning just for them! Here are a couple of my favored, along with a brief “how-to” make it easy for you to bring the holidays to your own home!

White Winter Wonderland

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“Glisten” elements add interest.

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White Winter Wonderland is a favorite of mine because I love all things black & white! I started with a luxurious feeling faux fur runner (which my daughter thought should be made into a blanket, lol). I then began layering in various kinds of frosted greenery and added a focal point, which for this setting is the white ceramic deer. Once I completed the base set up, I began adding elements of a forest. I chose pieces of birch and pinecones. To finish it up and add that touch of “wonderland”,  strands of pearls and opalescent beads were draped throughout the arrangement. The place settings are simple to allow the tablescape center stage. I used black & white buffalo checked placemats, crystal cut goblets, and black and white dishes cradled in vintage white, french provincial chargers.

Christmas Tree Farm

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Christmas Tree Farm is a little more playful, making it perfect for family dinners. The kids will be delighted to see what is in their very own stocking set at each place.  To create this look, I again started with the linens. I used some black and white checked napkins as an anchor and arranged the greenery. After finding the perfect spot for my little tree farm truck candleholder, I added a wooden sled tree ornament to lean up against the bed of the truck. I could almost feel the excitement I used to feel when my family would go cut down our Christmas tree. My parents always added in sledding to the whole activity and I love it! I then draped the arrangement in wooden cranberry beads and added a few pinecones. The individual pine trees at each place setting add to the theme and i tied a checked ribbon on the top for fun but a name placard would be perfect held in these little cuties. The setting is much the same as White Winter Wonderland, but I added in an extra layer red plate for color. The small stocking on the plate would be nice to put cutlery in or perhaps a christmasy conversation starter.

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