Today we’re Celebrating Christmas with some wonderful bloggers.
Here at The French Blue Cottage, I’m sharing a tablescape with a winter village centerpiece.
But before we get to the Christmas dining table decor….
If you’ve just come from visiting Leigh at The Little by Little Home, “Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.” And doesn’t her Christmas potpourri look divine!
Also, a great big thank you to Leen at Sand Dollar Lane for hosting this wonderful blog hop that’s just full of inspiring Christmas ideas!
Be sure to check out all of the amazing Christmas home tours, DIY gifts, and tablescapes at the end of this post.
For this year’s Christmas dining table decor, I decided to go with a neutral color palette. I had white and green in mind and knew I wanted to include several types of greenery.
For the focal point, I went in a completely unexpected direction and created a Christmas village-inspired centerpiece.
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The Christmas Village Centerpiece:
The base layer of this tablescape is a linen tablecloth. This one came from Target (similar here if you can’t find the Target one). Next came the centerpiece. I began by placing a large wooden cutting board in the the center of the table. This would help make the centerpiece more of a focal point and would also make it easy to move if necessary.
For the Christmas village, I found two ceramic houses and one wooden birdhouse at Michael’s. I spray painted the birdhouse solid white to match the ceramic ones. Then, I placed one remote-controlled, battery-operated candle light inside of each house. I can’t find the lights I originally bought from Michael’s, but here’s something similar to give you an idea about what I used.
I asked my husband to cut a hole in the bottom of the wooden birdhouse first. In addition, one of the ceramic houses had too small of an opening for my candle light to fit. So, he used our Dremel to make it a smidge larger.
The only other thing I added to the houses was a tiny wreath and bow (made from a small piece of garland and a couple of snips of red ribbon).
After the light were in, I placed some trees and shrubs around the houses. The tall tree was sold by itself, but all the others were in a single kit. I can’t seem to find the kit online, but it came from Michael’s. The hobby section in a craft store is a great place to find trees and other little items to use in a Christmas village. The last step was to sprinkle some faux snow all around. I didn’t think it was necessary to cover the cutting board completely and I left some of the wood showing through.
The Greenery and Candles:
The next part of my Christmas dining table decor was the greenery. I used some faux evergreen stems as the first layer. Then I layered some pieces of a second type of evergreen, some dried eucalyptus, and some magnolia leaves. For a little shine, I used a couple of gold Christmas picks that I pulled apart and placed here and there into the greenery.
I’m always on the lookout for interesting ironstone china pieces. I love these little handle-less cups. For this tablescape, I used these ironstone cups as candle holders. I put these candles inside and then used one of my favorite decorating tricks to hold them up….split peas! A bag of dried split peas is a super cheap way to hold up candles. You can cover them with moss or something if you like, but I think they’re festive-looking on their own.
The Christmas village was unexpected idea number one. But then inspiration struck again while I was shopping at Hobby Lobby. I ran across this thick cork fabric and thought, “Hmmm, I’m thinking placemats!”
I bought 1 & 1/2 yards, cut it into approximately 14″ x 18″ rectangles, and ended up with 12 placemats. By using my 40% off coupon, I ended up with 12 placemats for less than $30. Not bad, right? And if you end up with leftover fabric, you could always make some of those cork earrings:)
The cork fabric has bits of gold throughout…
The Place Settings:
For the place settings, I went super simple. I used a white dinner plate (these came from Kohl’s, but they don’t seem to sell them anymore). Then, I layered on a smaller plate (any small Christmas plate will look good). I picked up these “12 Days of Christmas” plates at Pottery Barn a few years ago and I just love them!
Since I don’t have 12 place settings at this table, I decided to choose my favorite plates. I picked all of the animal plates (there sure are a lot of birds in the 12 Days of Christmas song!) and my most favorite plate…
8 maids a’milking….
A simple white napkin, my bee glassware, and my grandmother’s gold trimmed silverware round out the place settings.
Here are a few pictures of what the rest of the dining room looks like all dressed for Christmas this year….
Snowflake ornaments add some sparkle to my chandelier…
I don’t do much to the china cupboard with the changing seasons. I find that just a few additions of greenery and a couple of vintage ornaments is just about enough for me…
More vintage ornaments and a wooden garland in the dough bowl….
Even the fiddle leaf fig got a little dose of Christmas cheer:)
Here’s what the little houses look like at night with the candle lights lit….
My daughter loves to use the remote control to turn on the lights in the evening.
I also have some of these candle lights in the wreaths in the window….
I’m planning to show an easy tutorial next week on making these wreaths. Be sure to check back or subscribe to the French Blue Cottage if you are interested in learning how to make this wreath.
And now I’m looking forward to visiting Erin at Elizabeth Joan Designs to see her beautiful Christmas tablescape inspiration!
Have a wonderful weekend and happy decorating!
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