Easy Christmas Tablescape — It all started with a clementine.
I was at the grocery store the other day and walked by these adorable clementines with their leaves still attached. My initial thought – 😍 I need to get these! My second thought – how cute would these be on a Christmas tablescape??
And here we are.
I know we won’t be hosting a large get-together this year, but I still want Christmas dinner to feel special. Even if it’s just a few of us, and the world around us is feeling very different this year, when we’re sitting at the table, decorated in the spirit of Christmas, it’s a small way to make that day still feel just like it does every other year. And that’s why I really wanted to do some sort of tablescape this year. Nothing too frilly or fancy, just something sweet and simple. Enter that little clementine. 🍊
Today, in preparation for next week’s big day, I’m doing a test run of how I’ll be setting up our table this Christmas. Below, you’ll find the simplest little tablescape you can put together. So, if you’re not yet sure how you’ll be setting your table this Christmas, I hope this post gives you a bit of tablescaping inspiration.
Let’s jump right in.
This year, I decided to create a runner with fresh and beautiful natural elements – all that I picked up at the grocery store, by the way! And I’ll be keeping everything else very white and bright.
Here’s what I used:
- clementines (I love the ones with their leaves still attached. It’s like we just picked them off a tree in the yard and placed them on the table!)
- cedar, pine, and fir trimmings (I picked up 4 bunches and had some left over to decorate the rest of the house with. They smell amazing!)
- mixed nuts still in their shells (the mix I’m using includes walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and gorgeous pecans! Did you know pecans come in the prettiest redish shell?? You learn something new every day! 🙃)
- pine cones
- rosemary sprigs (I used one on each napkin)
- white pillar candles (I ended up using 8)
- 2 crystal candlesticks with 2 white taper candles
- white dinner plates
- white napkins
- wine glasses
- silver cutlery
Here’s how I did it:
#1 – On a blank tabletop, I laid the cedar, pine and fir trimmings along the centre.
#2 – I placed clementines, pine cones, and mixed nuts throughout the greenery.
#3 – I arranged the pillar candles in small groups around the end corners of the table
#4 – I placed the taller candlesticks with taper candles in the middle of the table, one on each side of the runner
#5 – I set the rest of the table using my plates, glasses and cutlery. I folded each napkin, placed one on each plate, and added a sprig of rosemary on top of each napkin
And that’s it! I told ya it was the simplest! I was so pleased with how it turned out and can’t wait to enjoy it this Christmas.
the evolution of the napkin
I couldn’t initially decide on how I wanted my napkins to look like. The process went a little something like this…
Option 1: A rosemary sprig tied to napkin with clementine to the side. A little cluttered. The clementine looks a bit awkward.
Option 2: A rosemary sprig tied to napkin. Not lovin’ the way the twine looks.
Option 3: A clementine on top of a folded napkin. Liking the napkin folded this way…let’s try a rosemary sprig instead
Option 4: Rosemary sprig on top of a folded napkin. I think I’ll stick with this.
And I’ll just have to wait and see what I decide to go with next week! I’m kinda torn between three and four, if I’m being honest! Which one’s your favourite??
I hope this easy Christmas tablescape has inspired you to create a special little moment in time this holiday season. Until next time, happy tablescaping! xx, Amanda
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Let’s chat! Will you be trying this easy Christmas tablescape??
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