White Christmas Coastal Vintage Tablescape Ideas

White Christmas Coastal
Vintage Tablescape Ideas

No matter where you may live, if you love the ocean and coastal decor, you can set a Christmas coastal vintage tablescape anywhere. Deb from the Homeward Found Decor Blog created this simple, yet elegant vintage style Christmas tablescape and turned it into a coastal Christmas tablescape with the addition of starfish added in with her vintage design.

Personally, I would add more seashells, sand dollar and starfish to the glass cake stands and cheese servers she used for the vintage containers. I would also place the seashells randomly among the table pieces on the table runner to really get the coastal theme going.
 

Handmade Ecru Cotton Crochet Tablecloth

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Deb used a crocheted tablecloth with a burlap table runner as the vintage landscape backdrop for her tablescape.

This gorgeous vintage style lace tablecloth of crochet cotton will look stunning as the base to the white coastal vintage tablescape we will create from Deb’s idea. It is available in 15 different shapes and sizes to accommodate just about any size Christmas dinner table.
 

Burlap & Vintage Lace Table Runners

I think the burlap table runner she chose is a bit too rustic for the elegant coastal look we want to achieve, so instead, keeping with her idea, I found a burlap table runner topped with lace to replace it. It still has the trendy burlap that is as popular today as it was in 2012 when this tablescape was first created, but with the elegance of lace.
 

Burlap & Vintage Lace Table Runner

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The table runner is available in larger package quantities if need for large parties. The vendor may be contacted if you need customization for your specific table.
 

Burlap Edged with Gold Lace Table Runner

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A truly elegant gold lace edging has been sewn onto either a natural rustic burlap or on a bleached white burlap table runner. Whichever one you choose will make an elegant statement as the foundation of a coastal vintage tablescape or as the second layer placed upon a lace tablecloth.
 

Natural Burlap White Lace Silverware Napkin Holders
Set of 10

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Place a burlap and lace silverware holder on the salad or dessert plate, like in the photo above, or placed next to the place setting on the table. Because I like to layer my place settings with different textures to create visual interest, I would place these to the right side of the place setting.

On top of the table runner Deb added a vintage metal cake stand, a glass cake stand, a glass vase and a glass cheese saver loaded with vintage Christmas ornaments, decorations, starfish and seashells. She then added cream colored pillar candles. I think aqua candles would look just as awesome especially with a coastal theme.
 

White Antique Style Decorative Cake Stands

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I found these awesome distressed vintage white cake stands which can be substituted for the distress wrought iron cake stand used by Deb. Place 3 pillar candles in the center and surround with a variety of starfish, seashells, and vintage Christmas ornaments.

Deb added a faux white twig branch to the stand surrounding the candles. If you don’t already have something like that there are several substitutes to look into.

  • Check out your local dollar store for faux white floral sprigs
  • Use fresh seasonal greenery or a fresh rosemary branch instead
  • Add a small piece of driftwood or a faux coral head with additional sand dollars, dried sea horses, starfish and seashells

I like keeping the center height focal point of my tablescapes lower, to make it easier for my guest to converse with each other seated on opposite sides of the table. I would never put a single massive item in the middle of the table making it difficult for my guest to see each other. If you feel you just have to have a huge centerpiece, then have one which can easily be removed for dinner.

Instead, I always layer decorative items and candles around the centerpiece and down each side from the table’s centerpiece.
 

Coastal and Vintage Style Candle Holders

 

Antique Victorian Style Hurricane Pillar Candle Holders

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I believe in lots of candlelight for a magical Christmas tablescape. Add vintage style candle holders on each side of the centerpiece, down each side of the table, and as anchor pieces at each end of the tablescape to illuminate decorative table items.
 

Glass Votive Candle Holders

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Fill in gaps of the table design with votive and tealight candles. Place a votive or tealight candle next to each place setting; above the silverware and a wee bit to the right. We want our guest to see their food, but we don’t want them starting fire to their elbows!
 

Aqua Blue Flameless LED Remote
4-Pc. Candle Set

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This 4-piece aqua blue candle set is made from real wax but has LED lights operated remotely by a multi-functional control (batteries not included). They have a very natural look because of the real wax and the hand crafted glitter accenting them will make them shimmer in the candle light when placed on your table.

They will look stunning when placed on the vintage style cake stand by adding a pop of coastal color to the tablescape design.  All four candles come in varying heights and they are also available in sage green, red and pink.

All 4 candles can be used on the cake stand as long as a shorter candle is placed on each side of the plate. That will give the guest on each side of the table the illusion of viewing just 3 candles.
 

Shore Thing Collection Seashell Hurricane
Glass Candle Holder

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This slightly tinted glass hurricane candle holder can be used three ways. I would use them to hold pillar candles and place several at each end of the tablescape as the anchor pieces. Remember, there can never be too much candlelight to create a welcoming atmosphere for your Christmas dinner guest.

Secondly, they can be filled with seashells and vintage ornaments and placed on the tablescape next to the decorative cake and cheese filled glass domes.

Lastly, use it as a vase to display a small bouquet of white seasonal flowers and place one on each side of the centerpiece cake stand.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match favorite antique ornaments with nautical themed elements, or to mix different textures such as natural beach finds with sailor’s rope knot balls and metallic pieces in silver, copper and gold. This will provide a beautiful nautical contrast in your tablescape design.
 

Beachy Natural Tree Branch or Bird’s Nest
Tealight Candle Holder

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Assorted Starfish & Seashell Varieties

You may already have a collection of starfish and seashells packed away from past vacations. If you do, now is the time to get them out of the closet, wash them off, and use them in your coastal tablescape. If not, Amazon is a great resources for buying bulk quanties.
 

Assorted White Armoured 6-Piece Starfish Set

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Assorted Seashell Varieties

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Glass Display Cheese Domes and Cake Stands

I love Deb’s idea of using glass dome food savers to hold seashells, starfish, and vintage Christmas ornaments as part of the coastal Christmas tablescape decor. I think this is such a great idea, especially if you already have them on hand.


If not, I found some that will look fabulous with our white Christmas coastal vintage tablescape remake. During the summer I like to look for these type of vintage pieces at garage sales and thrift stores.
 

Glass Cheese Dome Serving Plates

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The handwoven willow based cheese server,featured in the photo above center, will give this coastal tablescape a beachy feel. It will add extra texture and color to this coastal tablescape. The best part is these cheese domes can actually be used to serve cheese or fruit at wine tasting or cocktail parties during the summer too!
 

Glass Dome Decorative Metal Base Cream Pie Plate

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The dark brown of the decorative vintage style base is a perfect addition for this tablescape. Pile it high with vintage ornaments and creamy white seashells.

I like the idea of using glass dome cake stands of different heights and designs. They will add more interest to the tablescape. I did find several beautiful cake stands with interesting designs which will look wonderful mixed in with this tablescape design.
 

Glass Domed Cake Stands

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Anyone of these cake stands will look fabulous when they are filled with the sparkly vintage decorations and seashells. Of course, they are also fully functional as serving pieces when the need is there. The square cake stand is perfect for our decorating purposes, but it is too small to use as a cake stand to actually serve a full size layered cake. It will only hold 4 cupcakes.
 

Whimsical Off-White and Silver Beaded Apple and Pear Decorative Christmas Ornaments
Set of 12

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Place a few of these whimsical apple and pear christmas ornaments in the domed cheese servers or cake stands on the table and on the mantle. Hang a few from the chandelier or hang them on the Christmas tree. However you choose to place them, they will be beautiful with the perfect amount of subtle shimmer under the candle lights on the table and the lights on the Christmas tree.
 

Vintage Antique American & English Compote Glass Dishes

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Look for antique compote dishes, like the two featured above, at antique shops, garage sales, and resale shops to add to your tablescapes. They are wonderful pieces to add interested while holding ornaments and seashells!
 

Alternative Coastal Vintage Tablescape
Centerpiece Display

 

Deb used this fabulous shabby chic coastal Christmas display on her mantle, but it will also substitute beautifully as a centerpiece for a coastal Christmas tablescape! All you have to do is find a white distressed wood crate to use as the base and fill it with flocked white Christmas tree branches, white Christmas tree ornaments, large white snowflakes, and accent it with white pencil starfish and large white seashells.

You may already have an old crate in the craft room full of balls of yarn, or an old flower box out in the potting shed holding gardening tools. Paint it white or a pale aqua blue for the tablescape. Watch the video below to see how to do this.

This video is in Italian, but you can figure out from watching how to transform your box even if you don’t peak Italian. If you don’t have a box to transform, have a look at the ones I found after watching the video.
 

 

Antique Revival Anjelik Tray

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I would use this smaller distressed white square tray centered on a smaller table filled full of Christmas ornaments and seashells. On a larger table, two of the trays can be placed like bookends on each side of a cake stand with pillar candles in the center.

Any of the planter boxes featured next are fabulous pieces to be used as vintage style centerpieces. They are all larger pieces than the square white tray featured above and can be used in the kitchen, craft room, or garden when not in use as a table display.
 

Antique Revival Distressed Planter Trays

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These distressed antique style planter trays are a beautifully handcrafted wooden trays made in a vintage European-style. Any one of these trays will make a fabulous shabby chic coastal decorative piece for a coastal Christmas tablescape.

The double aqua tray on the left is a large piece perfect for a long table. The center white piece and the aqua tray on the right are perfect for smaller tables. I would build around and down the length of the table from the centerpiece tray.
 

Antique Revival White Wooden Vegetable Bucket

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Here is another fabulous shabby chic antique style display box which will suit many purposes. I think it will be a fabulous piece for a coastal centerpiece, a shabby chic centerpiece or a vintage centerpiece for any occasion any time of the year.

For our vintage coastal Christmas tablescape, we will fill it with vintage Christmas ornaments, winter boughs (fresh or faux), seashells, sand dollars, and starfish intermingled. I would use only white, ivory, cream, and sand colored vintage ornaments and seashells.

When not in use as a display piece why not use it during the summer to actually bring in veggies and flowers from the garden? Perhaps leave it on a kitchen counter or island to hold fresh fruit.
 

Antique Revival Turquoise Distressed Wooden
Champagne Display Trays – Set of 2

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These handmade turquoise trays are a wonderful idea for a coastal tablescape. Place the large one in the center of your dining table to build your centerpiece focal point and the smaller one on a sideboard, serving table, or buffet table with a smaller version mirroring the main table design.

 

Coastal Chandeliers

 

As the finishing touch to Deb’s tablescape design, she added faux white Christmas tree branches to the table and to the arms of the white vintage chandelier.

If you don’t already have a chandelier hanging over your dining room table, this affordable white Colonial vintage style chndelier is similar to the one Debbie used in her home.
 

White Williamsburg 6-Light Chandelier

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Deb hung glass and crystal snowflakes, finials, and Christmas ornaments from the chandelier for a gorgeous effect. Ornaments hung this way will look lovely in the candlelight! They will appear to be dancing as they twirl and turn showing off their iridescence.

If you would like to add something a little more coastal in design, but on a more permanent bases, consider this gorgeous abalone seashell signature chandelier. It will look stunning while making a bold coastal statement in your dining room.
 

White Abalone Seashell Manor Chandelier
by Kouboo

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Dozens of white iridescent baby abalone shells are linked together on a matte silver metal frame to make this stunning signature piece.

The metal links holding the abalone shells will make it easy to attach our hanging crystal and glass Christmas ornaments (featured below) to add additional sparkle and glam to the tablescape design.
 

Chandelier Hanging Crystal Glass
Christmas Ornaments

Hanging crystal, glass, and acrylic ornaments from the chandelier at Christmas is pure magic! The ornaments catch and reflect the lights from the chandelier and the candles on the table turning them into a dazzling show around the room. The ornaments look so beautiful as they dance and twirl adding a shimmering, glittery, sparkle to the room.

I have found a wonderful assortment of hanging crystal ornaments giving you many options to choose from. Decorate your chandelier with your own personal touch by choosing the ornaments you find the most magical for your personal tablescape design. The crystal decorations will reflect the candlelight turning your Christmas coastal vintage tablescape into magic for your guest.
 

Iridescent Glass Snowflake Ornaments
Set of 12 by Kurt Adler

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Clear Glass Crystal Drop Christmas Ball Ornaments
Set of 3

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A set of gorgeous mouth blown clear glass Christmas ball ornaments with crystal drops, all handcrafted by skilled artisan glass blowers. No two ornaments will be exactly alike and they will add a glimmer of add elegance and sophistication hanging from your chandelier.
 

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They will also make wonderful memento gifts for your dinner guests! Place an ornament at each place setting as a party favor for your guest to take home with them. I think it is a nice reminder for your guest as to how much you really care about them. It is one they will treasure for many future Christmases.
 

Icy Crystal Acrylic Decorative Sea Creature Ornaments
Set of 48

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Crystal Acrylic Seashell Christmas Ornaments

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Swarovski Large Faceted Crystal Ball
High-Quality Crystal Ornament

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Handmade Blue Glass Icicle
Christmas Ornaments
Set of 5

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These gorgeous handmade glass icicle Christmas ornaments will look amazing hanging from the chandelier, in a window, from the Christmas tree, or under the mantel lip with a fire reflecting on them! Each one of these skillfully handcrafted icicles is 5 to 6 inches long with cobalt blue accents reflecting through the icicle. They can be hung with pretty ribbon or with monofilament line. The monofilament line will give the illusion of the icicles dancing and twirling in the air.
 

Luxury Gold and Silver Drop Crystal
Christmas Ornaments

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Clear and Iridescent Crystal Like Beads by the Roll

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Drape crystal style strands of beads over the chandelier, from the domed stands and wood crate centerpieces. Wrap it around the pedestals of the cake stands and candle holders. Place it anywhere you want a little extra glam and vintage style draping. These rolls of beads are available in clear or iridescent colorful beads.
 

Enjoy Creating Your Very Own Gorgeous White Coastal
Vintage Style Christmas Tablescape.

 

 
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