Well, it's already only 3 weeks until Christmas! How did that happen??! I have really been getting into the spirit of the holidays lately. I don't know if it's because I had to decorate a little earlier this year for my two Holiday Home Tours here and here, or that it has been so cold here in California (a rarity this early), but either way, I am so excited for Christmas this year.
Part of what I love, besides the decorating of course, is hosting holiday dinners and parties. I've shared that I love tablescaping, and this time of year it's especially fun. I know some people hate entertaining, but I truly love it. So with that in mind, I thought I would share a casual nature-inspired Christmas table so if you struggle with this kind of thing, it might help (or hopefully, inspire). This would be perfect for a casual gathering, tree-trimming party, or even Christmas Eve dinner.
Usually my tablescapes are inspired by a particular theme, and this one was no exception. I found these plates at Marshall's recently and since I passed on some plaid plates at Home Goods several years ago and have regretted it ever since, I knew I had to have them!
I already owned the cute red toile plates from last year, and I knew they would look amazing with the plaid ones. I also wanted to incorporate a lot of natural elements. I used some little live pine trees (similar here, here, and here), tiny pinecones, fresh greens, and burlap.
I also found an adorable little "cabin" at Home Goods and made that the centerpiece. I placed it atop a French vintage basket and added some greens and tiny pinecones.
I also had a runner from Pottery Barn that I love, but had never used! It seemed to fit so that combined with pine cone napkin rings, and red napkins, completed the look. This runner is discontinued but can still be found on Ebay. It has large jingle bells hanging at the four corners, and also has matching napkins. I just adore it's natural charm!
I used some burlap bags as containers for the pine trees and tied them with some jingle bell ribbon I had on hand.
Wishing you all a very happy holiday season!
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