Country Style Rustic Christmas Tablescape

A Country Style Rustic Christmas
Tablescape Idea
Using Red English Transferware


On today’s post, we are going to create a country style rustic Christmas tablescape using red transferware as the table setting. I saw this photo of a rustic tablescape created by Nancy from Nancy’s Daily Dish Blog for the fall apple season and thought it is a great idea for a rustic Christmas tablescape.

Country style is trendy and the down-to-earth, rustic country feel that comes from the use of a burlap tablecloth, red gingham fabric, and especially when using red and white stripe kitchen towels for placemats or napkins. So, on this post, we are taking Nancy’s autumn tablescape idea and turning it into a rustic country style Christmas tablescape.

Nancy used a set of antique Royal Dalton red transferware. I have found several different china patterns with which we can substitute for a fabulous red and white transferware country style Christmas table setting.

I just happen to have an old set of Johnson Brothers Old British Castle transferware which I have used often over the years. I love layering it with white or blue fine china sets for many special occasions. Since we have downsized from a large house to a small apartment, I have handed down many of my china and transferware pottery to my daughters, including my red Old British Castle set. I did keep 4 place settings for myself but I shipped everything else to one of my daughters in Hawaii.

By the way, red and white transferware is called pink transferware, even though it comes in a variety of shades of red, from very light almost pink to a very deep carmine red or maroon. If the transferware is actually pink, it is very rare and is usually a washed out red, called English pink. Are we all as clear as mud on the subject? Grin.
 

Large Country Style Dining Tables

Nancy started her tablescape with a burlap table cloth similar to the one I featured one on my previous post, but a tablecloth isn’t a necessity, especially if you own a gorgeous farmhouse plank style dining table like the farm house style dining tables I am featuring below.
 

Amish Barstow Rustic Plank Trestle
Solid Red Oak Dining Table

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I was pretty excited when I saw this gorgeous handmade Amish barn wood style dining table. This gorgeous rustic country style dining table was handcrafted from North American wood by skilled Amish woodworkers. The table is made from red oak but they are also made from brown maple, white oak, and rustic cherry. It is finished in a natural finish that lets the beauty and natural color of the wood shine through.

Each piece is enhanced with the character that comes together in a piece of furniture which will add depth and endurance to your home. It is an ideal combination of both style and value. The Amish tables will last for years and years because of the expert craftsmanship that goes into each piece.
 

French Country Style Wood Farmhouse
Dining Tables

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Rustic Farmhouse Solid Pine Trestle
Dining Table Bench

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Use a pair of country style dining table benches to your dining room table to really add a rustic country feel to your country dining room. If you want a more formal atmosphere, take the benches outside and use regular dining chairs at the table.
 

Rustic Wood Farmhouse Dining Tables

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Creating a Rustic Christmas Tablescape

Nancy begins her table setting using a large piece of burlap fabric. Burlap gives a wonderful rustic look to the table, but it is a difficult fabric to launder and reuse. Instead, I have selected several burlap look-a-like tablecloths for you to look at. We do want to keep with a neutral tone as the base color for our tablescape setting to keep the table from looking too busy, especially if you have a dark dining room like Nancy’s.
 

Washable Burlap-style Tablecloths

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I have seen tablescapes using red transferware placed on a red and white toile tablecloth and it is too busy on the eyes. Your eyes don’t know where to rest. Using toile fabric to accent the table is the way to go.

On the other hand, if you have a very light, bright dining room consider using a darker solid burgundy or maroon colored tablecloth as your base color.
 
Nancy started her tablescape design using a red and white gingham tablecloth that she bunched and scrunched decoratively along the center of the table.

Christmas Tablescape Décor - Christmas holiday red and white toile print rectangle cotton tableclothChristmas Holiday Red and White Toile Print Cotton TableclothClick Here for DetailsSince we are doing a Christmas tablescape, I like the idea of using a red and white Christmas holiday toile fabric tablecloth, instead of the checkered gingham, for a little more of an upscale Christmas rustic country look. Besides, the toile print coordinates so beautifully with the red transferware china pattern. I think it is so much nicer accent for this Christmas look.

If you have a red toile sheet it would work nicely too. When I go to garage sales and thrift stores during summer months I keep my eyes out for old sheets I can upcycle into a new home décor use.

First, bunch and scrunch the toile tablecloth fabric along the center, and down the length, of the dining table. Next, you will build your tablescape with similar items to the ones Nancy chose for her tablescape. Remember the photo above?

I have chosen items you might like as replacement pieces to use as the tablescape decorations. These items will be placed on top of the fabric, starting in the center and working them down from the center towards each end. Place anchor pieces at each end of the table to mirror each other. I want each end of the table to balance and each side of the table to be the same view for our guest.
 

Decorative Red Orb Tabletop Décor

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Nancy used extra-large natural fiber woven orbs for autumn tablescape design. Instead, I think red is more appropriate for our Christmas design. Above are several red spheres made of a variety of materials which can be mixed and matched on the table. Start with 3 large red orbs centered upon the toile tablecloth.

Weave fresh or faux evergreen garlands around the larger orbs and nestle smaller orbs into the evergreens around the larger ones.
 

Red Christmas Candelabrum
Three Glass Hurricane Candle Holders
with Hydrangea, Holly, Pine Cone, Berry & Evergreens

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An alternative to the red tabletop orb décor is to use fresh or faux evergreen candelabrum centerpieces. If the dining table is long, the candle centerpieces can be doubled or tripled to fit the length of the table.

Included with this candelabrum centerpiece are 3 hurricane candle holders (candles are not included) nestled within the foliage of the tabletop piece. It is a fabulous starter piece for our rustic Christmas tablescape which we can layer out from the center and down the table. One of these centerpieces will suffice for a small table seating, however, for a longer table serving 8 or more you may want to line two or three of the centerpieces down the center of the table, depending of course on the table’s length.

The red orbs can still be used with a candelabrum by placing several different sizes on each side of the faux evergreens and berries. I think a 6″ ball is large enough. I want to add interest to the table without overpowering the table with giant orbs like Nancy used in her autumn tablescape.

The faux boughs and berries are hard wired so they can be bent any way necessary to accommodate any smaller decorative Christmas pieces you feel like adding.

Red Themed Christmas Holiday Tabletop Décor Centerpieces

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Another idea is to use a pair of centerpieces, such as the ones featured here, by placing one on each side of the red sphere design. The red spheres would be the focal point of the table design, while the foliage pieces would act as the table anchor end pieces. Again, be sure you are not using items too large for your size table. If your table is smaller you may want to switch to shorter candle holders or switch to taper candles instead of pillar candles. Perhaps just one red Christmas pillar candle on a low stand.

Once all of the pieces selected for this tablescape have been placed on the fabric, fill in with fresh evergreens if you have access to them.

Take a nature walk to collect tablescape decorating elementsTake a Nature Walk to Collect Decorating ElementsTake nature walks with your family all year long and collect natural elements such as pinecones, pussy willows, feathers, and vines to use in tablescape decorations.

During fall and winter months my saner half cuts fresh evergreen boughs for me to decorate with and I have been known to create vignettes using dead tree branches and making votive candle holders out of twigs.

If you live in a place where this isn’t possible, fresh can always be bought at the Christmas tree stands that sell fresh trees. Often the guys running the stands will give them to you for free. Local grocery stores and nurseries will also sell them to you, but I always try to get free first.

Use seasonal greenery such as evergreens, holly, mistletoe, rosemary, and sage. I think it is also a good idea to use natural elements indigenous to your local area.

Fill in the greenery with pine cones painted red and scented with cinnamon, smaller red spheres, faux red cardinals and red Christmas ornaments. Don’t over clutter but do make it pleasing to the eye with bursts of red colored objects.
 

Christmas Pine Embossed Pillar Candle
by Chesapeake Bay Candle

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I like to use lots of candles in my tablescapes to furnish sparkle and glimmer with a magical warm welcoming feel for my guest at our Christmas dinner. I believe that you can never have too much candlelight on a Christmas tablescape! So once I have my tablescape laid out, I like to fill in the gaps around the tablescape with candles.
 

Red Rustic Table Linens

Starting with the placemats we have several options. Nancy used red and white stripe kitchen dish towels to coordinate with the gingham fabric tablecloth she used for her autumn apple tablescape.

Because I chose to use a red toile fabric tablecloth for our country Christmas tablescape design, at first I thought I wanted to use red toile placemats to coordinate. However, after looking at it, I realized the red toile as the background for red transferware is still much too busy so I looked for other solutions.

I decided on using either a set of French bistro red striped placemats or to follow Nancy’s lead and use the white with red stripe kitchen towels folded under the dinner plates. You decide what you like the best.
 

Red French Stripe Cotton Placemats
Set of 6

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White with Red Stripe Cotton Kitchen Towels

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Any one of these kitchen dish towel sets are fabulous finds to use with the red transferware table setting! They are the best quality to dry dishes and they make great placemats or dinner napkins for a rustic country tablescapes.

All of these kitchen towels are durable and quite functional, especially if you are a DIYer who is adept at sewing. They can be sewn together for country table runners, kitchen curtains, and pillow covers. I love them for the use of placemats on our Country Style Rustic Christmas Tablescape.
 

Natural Cotton Christmas Wonderland
Red & White Toile Kitchen Towel

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I originally wanted to use this coordinating red Christmas toile kitchen towel as the placemat on our tablescape, but it was too busy with the red transferware setting on it. Instead, I love it to use as a rustic homespun Christmas dinner napkin!

The red toile print is a delightful winter Christmas scene, perfect as a rustic Christmas table setting accent piece. It matches the tablecloth used as the base for the tablescape perfectly. Kitchen towels are so much larger than a regular cloth napkin they give the extra coverage that makes people really enjoy using them. On the down side; it does not come as a set, and on a brighter note; you can purchase exactly what you need.

On the other hand, I found 3 different sets of French bistro style dinner napkin sets that will look lovely with this table setting. The stripes coordinate perfectly with the striped bistro cotton placemats.
 

White with Red Stripe Fabric Dinner Napkins

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Pay attention to the set in the center. They are reversible! On the one side is the red and white stripe ticking fabric which is perfect for a rustic country style table setting, and on the other side is a red Christmas evergreen toile print! Perfect to accent the table’s centerpiece toile fabric. Either side will look fabulous with this country Christmas table setting!

Personally, I am a big fan of natural cotton, bamboo, and hemp fabrics as sustainable eco-friendly fabrics. The napkins featured on the above left are 100% natural cotton. Unfortunately with cotton, if the cotton fabric has not been pre-shrunk before cutting and sewing, they will shrink in the wash and they will also require some ironing.

Man made polyesters are hard on the environment to produce and they are not decomposable. Polyester fabric clothing are among the sins of thrown away products clogging up the landfills, right up there with disposable baby diapers. Anyway, enough about environmental issues. Let me climb down from my band wagon and continue about these napkins I am featuring above.

Many of you out there prefer polyester because they are easy-care and require little to no ironing. They are not as absorbent as cotton, but they will do the job a napkin is suppose to do. For those of you looking for this type of easy-care napkin, the napkins featured above on the right are the napkins perfect for your table settings.
 

Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles Red/Pink Transferware

Nancy used a mixture of Royal Dalton Butterfly pattern red transferware for her autumn apple table setting. Instead, for our country style rustic Christmas table setting I have chosen to use Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles pattern of red transferware.

I have picked up beautiful antique pieces of this set from antique shops, garage sales, thrift stores, and online from places like eBay, Etsy, and Amazon. However, it is a pattern which is still being produced by the Johnson Brothers family business, so it can still be purchased new. I do mix old and new pieces. I often go to Replacements.com when I need a replacement for a broken piece or for a piece I need but cannot find on Amazon, or anywhere else for that matter.
 

Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles
20-Piece Pink/Red Dinnerware Starter Set
Service for 4

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The perfect set to start you out on building a collection of Old British Castles transferware china. These newer sets are produced in China instead of England and that is how you can tell the differance between vintage and new pieces. Don’t let the “Made in China” disappoint you, as that is where porcelain “china” was first produced. Way before the Chinese taught the English their artisan pottery skills.

The quality of the transferware has not been diminished. I have found this set (yes I did buy a couple of these sets on Amazon for my daughters to add to their collections) to be heavier than the vintage pieces, but the color and pattern in the transferware is the same, if not a bit brighter. After all, they are new and have not faded with time like the vintage pieces.

The newer pieces can be washed and dried in the dishwasher, but I would wash vintage pieces by hand. The force of the water and heat, along with the strong abrasive dishwashing chemicals can both break and damage vintage pieces.
 

Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles
45-Piece Pink/Red Dinnerware Serveware Set
Service for 8

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A fabulous set to put you on the fast track to building your collection of Old British Castles transferware china. Included with this set is a service for 8 persons, plus it includes a vegetable serving bowl, a serving platter, a covered sugar bowl, and a creamer.
 

Vintage Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles
Christmas Tree Edition Pink/Red Plates

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The Johnson Brothers Old English Castle special Christmas edition, rather than an English castle, features a Victorian English Christmas tree. It is a classic, timeless pattern that is highly collectible. The Christmas tree is decorated with pink/red plaid bows, complete with toys placed underneath the tree.

The border is an intricate, elaborate blend of Victorian scrollwork in a lacey scalloped design and edged at the rim with small delicate geometric patterns. Lush rose floral bouquets are placed intermittently between the scrollwork around the rimm of the plates.

It looks especially festive layered on a table setting with other red and white tranferware china pieces on a table set with Christmas greenery.
 

Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles Serveware

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The above link will take you to additional Johnson Brothers Old English Castles red/pink transferware serving pieces to complete your sets at home.
 

Red & Green Festive Crystal Glass Stemware

Clear cut crystal stemware are always gorgeous on any table setting, but for Christmas, why not liven up the table setting with the festive Christmas colors of either red or green stemware?

It is perfectly O.K. to mix and match the red and green colored glasses with the clear crystal too. Use a clear wine glass to hold water, a red glass for red wine, and a green glass for white wine. Use any combination of beautiful stemware you happen to love to serve your beverages of choice.
 

Vintage Festive Red Stemware

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Vintage Festive Green Stemware

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Festive Red Stemware

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Festive Green Stemware

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One Only
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Set of 4
Click Here for Details
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Set of 4
Click Here for Details

 

 

Festive Christmas Holiday Design Stemware

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Bamboo Flatware Sets

Nancy chose to use a set of bamboo flatware for her rustic country autumn table setting.
Bamboo Style Flatware Set of 52 Pieces Service for 8Bamboo Style Flatware Set of 52 Pieces Service for 8Click Here for DetailsI think it is a great idea for a casual rustic dinner setting and I found a similar set that is the perfect for a casual affair.

With that being said, we are setting a Christmas table, so I think we should take it up a notch by using silver or gold flatware for a more refined country setting. I found a few awesome gold and stainless steel bamboo flatware sets that will look beautious on our Christmas tablescape.

If you already own a set of gorgeous silverware, then by all means use it instead, but if you are in the market for something new and different you might want to consider one of the metal bamboo sets I am featuring below.
 

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Service for 4
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Look for My Next Post Where We Will Continue with Another Fabulous Christmas Tablescape

 
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Country Christmas Tablescape Idea

Country Christmas Tablescape Idea

Let’s get inspired and create a beautiful country Christmas tablescape using red and black tartan plaids as our theme. The first tablescape we will look at for inspiration comes from Michelle Edwards at Sweet Something Design Blog.  She takes a simple tartan camp blanket and turns it into a lovely contemporary country Christmas tablescape theme.

Simple Country Christmas Tablescape Image

Photo by Michelle Edwards of Sweet Something Design Blog

I believe it is essential to layer different textures and elements to create visual interest for a Christmas tablescape and Michele has been successful with her simple fall country tablescape design. I love her idea and want to recreate it for a rustic country Christmas tablescape.  Let’s bring her fall outdoors picnic theme inside for Christmas dinner by adding layers, embellishments and a bit of Christmas sparkle.
 

Highland Tartan Plaid Tablecloths

Starting with the tartan plaid vintage camp blanket, I love this idea for a tablecloth especially if wanting to create a country feel on a budget as there may already be one stashed away in your closet.  I had several folded in my linen closet for years. They were passed down by my Grandmother and have been passed down by me to my own daughters.
 

Highland Scot Tartan Premium Wool
Throw Blankets

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Either of these gorgeous blankets can be used just as Michelle used one in her tablescape. Fold it and lay it across a wooden dining table or it can be opened to cover the table fully.
 

Pure Linen “Blackfriars” Tablecloth

 Blackckfriar Plaid Christmas Tablecloth Image

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Pure Linen “Blackfriars” Tablecloth

I love this linen Blackfriar tablecloth, especially for this contemporary country Christmas tablescape. I think it will look fabulous with burlap accessories and black or red linen napkins. I have a red, green and black plaid tablecloth similar to this one with gold threads woven in that I like to use sometimes at Christmas when wanting a Scot plaid themed table setting.
 

Country Style Tablescape Candleholders

I do love the tree rings Michele used as base candle stands for her glass cylinder hurricane candle holders. They look like tree stumps rising from the garden. I would definitely have someone make a trio of them for my country Christmas dinner table.
 

Basswood Country
Thick Round Wood Plaque
by Walnut Hollow

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If you don’t know anyone who can cut the wood rounds from fallen trees for you, this is an inexpensive solution for the suburbanites or city dwellers who want to recreate this rustic country tablescape for Christmas. These pieces are 1.8″ (almost 2 inches) thick, not as thick as Michelle’s, but they will still look fabulous as the base for the hurricane candle holders. They are available in thicker slabs, but they do get more costly the thicker they are.
 

Decorative Country Candle Holders

Personally, I have never been one to place tall centerpieces in a tablescape. I like my dinner guest to be able to see each other and converse with one another without having to peer around huge designs. I was taught about visual design in school eons ago. I have since learned not to put a single over-sized item in the middle of the table.  A much better visual scale approach is created by layering down each side of the length of the table starting from the table’s center. Taller pieces (such as a tall candleabras) should placed as anchors at each end of the tablescape.

With that being said, even though Michelle’s visual is very large I think she has still succeeded because the cylinder glass candle holders are clear, meaning we can see each other through them.  I think for our purpose of recreating this country Christmas tablescape design, I would downsize the cylinder candle holders. Instead, I would use shorter, wide glass cylinders, if available.

I have found several different options for candle displays which can be substituted, or not, depending on your own preference.
 

Artificial Decorative Christmas
Pine Cone, Twig & Pine Bough
Burlap Accented Pillar Candle Ring

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Use three of these pillar candle holders to replace the contemporary cylinder pillar candle holders used by Michelle. Place one of the artificial arrangements on each of the wood rounds. The faux evergreens and burlap surrounding this candle holder will work well for someone who doesn’t have access to the fresh pine boughs, pine cones, and red winter berry greenery.

I love the addition of the old style lamp hanger on this piece for a more authentic country look. It reminds me of an old barn lantern. The pillar candles are not included and I would purchase a LED pillar candles to use in place of real candles.

If choosing to use this piece, add some faux red winter berries and intertwine them around the faux arrangements and the three candle holders. I would also add faux snow to the inside of the lantern and nestle a LED battery operated pillar candle into the snow.
 

Clear Glass Cylinder Hurricane Candle Holder Set
with Votive Candle Holder Inserts

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The inserts of these hurricane candle holders can be removed to fill the bottoms with faux snow, small pine cones, red faux winter berries, or whatever you want to enhance the look of your tablescape. Each season change the items you place in the bottom of the candle holders. How fun is that? Perfect for every season.

Remember too use fresh or faux seasonal pine boughs, red winter berry, and wide burlap ribbon to wrap and weave around the centerpiece candle holders.
 

Textured Glass Cylinder Hurricane Candle Holders
with Rustic Inserts Separates

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Get the sizes you want. I suggest either one of each or 3 of the giant size to recreate this country Christmas tablescape idea. Fill the rustic bottoms with faux snow or winter seasonal evergreens, pinecones, and red berries. A few small pine cones and some holly with red berries would look awesome nestled into, or dust with, some faux snow.
 

Battery Operated LED Candles

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I recommend using flamless, battery operated LED candles on the dining table for safety reasons. It is just way to easy for a candle to get knocked over and start a fire. I have seen guests drag their sleeves across a lit flame and have it catch on fire. It is just less worrisome using these types of candles when creating a tablescape.
 

Clear Glass Cylinder Candle Holders

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If you want to copycat Michelle’s original design, then any of these clear glass cylinder candle holders will work perfectly and look beautiful in your country Christmas tablescape. Select the styles you like the best.
 

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Decorative Black Mission-Style
Metal and Glass Pillar Candle Lanterns
Set of 3 by Melrose

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Here is a completely different idea for this country Christmas tablescape idea. Use three black lanterns on the wood tree rounds instead of the cylinder glass candle holders. I think they will look awesome with the black tartan table cloth. If choosing this idea, I would use large black or white jingle bells as the napkin rings with red napkins instead of black black napkins. We want the colors to pop by putting contrasting colors together.
 

Country Elegance Wooden Glass & Metal Pillar
Candle Holder Lanterns

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Country Christmas Place Settings

Michelle uses burlap placemats to coordinate with the burlap ribbon used to intertwine with the evergreens around the candle holders and wood tree rounds used in her fall country tablescape. She kept it simple using white stoneware dinner plates and red handle flatware.

For our country Christmas tablescape, I want it to be just a little more elaborate with some extra layers and extra detailing. I will step up our burlap table placemats with ruffled ones and add a ruffled table runner to our tartan tablecloth.
 

Burlap & Cream Ruffle Place Mats
Set of 4

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The extra detailing of the cream ruffles, added to these burlap placemats, takes us from country ordinary to the next level by adding a bit of pretty feminine flare to our table setting. It goes from country casual to country special. Keep in mind that burlap is not washable and can only be spot cleaned and hung to dry or dried flat.
 

Creamy White Ruffled Burlap
Table Runner

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We can go several different ways when layering our country Christmas tablescape. We can keep it simple like the original idea, or we can add the extra layer of linen detailing by using this cream ruffle burlap table runner. Place it on top of the tartan blanket (or tablecloth) and under the wood tree rounds. It will coordinate beautifully with the burlap in the tablescape and the placemats.

Another thought is to remove the tartan plaid blanket and just use the burlap table runner like Darlene did in the photo below.
 

 Photo by Darlene of Our Creative Life Blog


Photo by Darlene of Our Creative Life Blog


 
This tablescape is very similar to Michelle’s idea, but she chose to use a plain burlap table runner without the plaid tablecloth (like I just suggested above) and her table greenery is all faux from Hobby Lobby craft store.  I like her choice of lantern candle holders. She found them at a garage sale. Lucky lady!

I like layering my dinnerware for special occasions to add more interest and depth to the look of my table while using the layered dishes to serve my guest a more formal dinner course selection. We can have it look country special without getting too formal, but a step up from casual country BBQ fare.
 

Mud Pie Tartan Plaid Christmas Charger

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When using the clear glass hurricane lanterns in the centerpiece, I would add a red or tartan charger and a red or tartan salad plate.
 

Red Sponge Glass Charger Plate
Set of 6 by 10 Strawberry Street

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This brilliant red ruffle edge charger plate will contrast beautifully against the white dinnerware and look stunning with the black accent pieces of the contemporary country Christmas tablescape.
 

Red Argent Sophia Flatware Set of 20, Service for 4
by Hampton Forge

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Using a set of red flatware will add a feeling of Christmas to the table and while coordinating perfectly with the dinnerware of this contemporary country table setting. It is retro casual with an elegant feel because of the black scroll handle fittings. Whether you choose a black or red color theme, this easy care set will look fabulous.
 

Black Cotton Fabric Dinner Napkins
Set of 6

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See how fabulous the black napkins look with the contrasting red place mats and the white dishes? This napkin set is 100% cotton and is available in 37 different colors including solid red and 2 red plaids. It will shrink some in the wash and will require ironing as it is 100% cotton. Wash in cold water the first time to set the colors.

When chosing to use black lanterns as the tablescape focal point, use a black charger to set underneath a white dinner plate layer and use solid red napkins. The white dinner plate will look fabulous against the black and red. I would also use a black salad plate and the last layer a white appetizer plate or soup bowl.
 

Black Sponge Glass Charger Plate
Set of 6 by 10 Strawberry Street

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Country Elegance Black Charger Plates

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Black Treble Clef 20-Piece Flatware Set
Service for 4

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I love this contemporary rustic black flatware and thing it will look fabulous with this country Christmas tablescape! It is a 20-piece, service for 4, made from high quality stainless steel with mirror and blackened finishing. The black handles remind me of an unfurling fern shoot.
 

Red Cotton Fabric Dinner Napkins

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See the gorgeous contrast of the black background with a white plate and red dinner napkin?See the gorgeous contrast of the black background with a white plate and red dinner napkin?

 

 

Country Jingle Bell Décor

The finishing touch of this tablescape are the adorable jingle bell napkin rings. They are handmade from rusty jingle bells tied with hemp twine. Michele tucked in a fresh sprig of boxwood with 3 twigs. If you don’t have any boxwood growing in your yard use fresh pine or rosemary sprigs. Faux greenery is just fine too if nothing fresh is available.
 

Large Rusted Jingle Bells
Set of 12

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When using black lanterns in the tablescape matte black jingle bells would be awesome, but I couldn’t locate any. I would spray paint these jingle bells black if you can’t find any in your area either. Halloween may be the time to look for them. There are 12 large jingle bells in this pack. They are 3.5 inches which are an ideal size to use for the napkin rings.
 

Large Jingle Bells

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When using lighter colored wooden lanterns as the focal point you might want to consider using a lighter rusty brown color jingle bells, or perhaps even white. And red jingle bells will be so Christmasy with any choice you have made for this country Christmas tablescape.
 

I hope I have helped to get your creative juices flowing to recreate your own Country Christmas Tablescape.
Be sure to come back to see another Christmas Tablescape Décor decorating idea.

 

 
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Vintage Friendly Village Tablescape

Vintage Friendly Village Tablescape Ideas

Create a beautiful rural vintage Christmas tablescape scene using this vintage Friendly Village transferware tablescape idea. I love English transferware as a reminder of the past and on this page we will be using brown English transferware to create our Christmas tablescape.

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Nancy, from Nancy’s Daily Dish Blog created this tablescape for fall using brown vintage polychrome transferware which is getting harder and harder to find.

Friendly Village Polychrome Transferware

We will use Nancy’s idea to create a vintage Christmas tablescape using brown Friendly Village transferware which is easier to find as Johnson Brother’s still makes this transferware pattern. It was also a very popular pattern in the 50’s and 60’s so that finding vintage pieces at reasonable prices is still a likely possiblity.

Friendly Village 28-Piece Starter Set
Service for 4
by Johnson Brothers

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A beautiful brown transferware pattern, with red and green scenery depicting winter scenes in England, is a classic that was first released in 1952 and will live on and on for many more years to come. I like mixing it with Johnson Brothers Old English Countryside pattern and The Old Mill pattern, both in brown.

Start your Friendly Village table setting with this fabulous Johnson Brothers starter set. The brown transferware is an ideal set with the perfect pattern to use when recreating your own brown vintage Christmas theme. Each piece shows a different English country scene some of which are Autumn Mists, Covered Bridge, Hay Field, Lily Pond, School House, Sugar Maples, and Village Green.

A complete starter set is an inexpensive way to begin your collection. This is a service for 4 and includes 4 dinner plates, 4 round salad plates, 4 bread and butter plates, 4 rim soup bowls, 4 round cereal bowls, 4 fruit saucers, and 4 mugs. Go here to find more pieces to complete this set and a small Completer Set can also be found below.

Once I have a set of any vintage china pattern, I like to keep my eye out for more pieces to add to my collections. I look for them at garage sales, auctions, estate sales, thrift shops, and antique shops. I have found many wonderful 19th-century English antique pieces of Staffordshire china transferware, over the years, from garage sales and thrift stores.

I can sometimes find china pieces at a reasonable price online at websites such as e-Bay, Etsy, One Kings Lane, Replacements.com, and of course, Amazon. The last couple of years, however, I have been finding the used pieces online are becoming more and more over-inflated in price.

Layering with green or red plates and bowls from other sets of china will really make the colors in this transferware pattern pop.

Majolica Green Cabbage Leaf Pottery

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Green Majolica Pottery

Layering with different china patterns adds interest to the place settings and when I saw these green Majolica leaf plates I thought “these are wonderful plates to layer with the Friendly Village set.” They can will look stunning either layered as eating plates or used as serving plates!

Majolica Green Cabbage Leaf Pottery
Large Oval Platter

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When using Majolica cabbage leaf ceramics to add interest to the Friendy Village place settings, add green Majolica serveware to the mix to serve your Christmas dinner. A lovely green to fit in with the red and green Christmas festivities.

Vintage 19th-Century English Majolica Pottery
Green Leaf Service Dishes

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Red Christmas Accent Plates

A Christmas accent plate is another alternative as a colorful layer in a Christmas place setting. Use them as salad plates, appetizer plates, or set them on the table adjacent to the place setting as bread and butter plates.

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Friendly Village 6-Piece Completer Set

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This serveware completer set has the minimum needed as serveware for any sit-down Christmas dinner. It includes a large serving platter, a vegetable serving bowl, a gravy boat, a gravy boat tray, and a salt and pepper shaker pair. These newer pieces are no longer being manufactured in England.

Like just about everything else these days, they are made in China. It’s good to know this has not taken away from the quality of the pottery at all. Keep in mind that China was making porcelain long before England started producing pottery.

They are still reasonably priced to be used as everyday china and are dishwasher and microwave safe. If you find older pieces in your journey that do come from England, I would treat them with care and hand wash them. FYI, anything manufactured after 2003 is made in China.

Red & Green Holiday Placemats

Another option for setting this Friendly Village place settings is to use red or green placemats to keep with a festive Christmas theme. Both colors can be found in the Friendly Village china pattern and will liven up the table setting by adding a pop of color. If you like, mix the red and green placemats by alternating each seating with a different Christmas color.

Decorative Red Beaded Placemats

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Red Glass Beaded Hand Embroidered
Leaf Design Placemats
Set of 2

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Handmade Red Crystal Bead 4-Piece
Napkin Ring Set

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Handcrafted in India by skilled artisans, these red Indian beaded napkin rings will look lovely paired with any of these beaded placemats. Place them on creamy white or ivory napkins. The red against the creamy white of the napkin is a beautiful contrast in color.
 

Christmas Holiday Beaded
Poinsettia Flower Placemats

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Green Christmas Holiday Placemats

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Creamy Ivory Decorative Placemats

Creamy white, ivory, ecrue, and natural oyster colors make a beautiful background setting for brown chargers, especially when set against a dark finish wood dining table. All shades of browns will contrast beautifully with creamy white colors.

Creamy Ivory Beaded Placemats

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Brown Decorative Placemats

When setting a table it’s all about the layering to add depth, texture, and elegance to our tablescape. The first layer, the base layer, of the place setting is either a tablecloth, a placemat, or both.

Nancy chose to go with brown beaded placemats on top of a tablecloth. This is perfectly acceptable. Her tablecloth doesn’t quite cover the table so the placemats make sense for both decorative purposes and to protect the table finish. If this is the look you want to have on your own dining room table, I have found several options in decorative brown placemats for you to consider.

Brown Beaded Round Placemats

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If using a tablecloth, I usually forgo the placemats and start with a charger plate. On a beautiful highly polished bare wood dining table, I like to use placemats to better see the color striations of the wood grains. On the other hand, if you don’t have a sideboard to hold and serve the hot food, a tablecloth will protect the beautiful wood from hot dishes and trays full of food.

Brown Felt Leaf Placemat

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A decorative brown leaf-shaped placemat will be a fun addition to place under a decorative charger plate or a Friendly Village dinner plate. The laser-cut design will look fabulous when placed upon a contrasting sage green, light beige, or ecrue tablecloth. You can protect your table while adding a bit of whimsical décor to the place setting.

Round Brown Placemats

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Decorative Brown Rectangular Placemats

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Vintage Brown Leather Texture Placemat

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A rustic cowboy style design is also well suited to pair with the brown Friendly Village transferware. The faux leather saddle look of the placemats will be a beautiful foundation for a casual rustic cowboy setting or a formal western ranch setting. In this scenario, sterling silver flatware and chargers are the perfect accent pieces to use. Large sterling silver trays and serving bowls are the ideal serveware to use with this type of table setting.
 

Decorative Charger Plates

To begin the layering of our Friendly Village place settings, a charger needs to be selected. Earlier, I featured brown placemats because that is the color scheme Nancy chose to use as the basic color for her tablescape.

Keeping with Nancy’s original color scheme of brown as the base, I have selected a few decorative brown chargers which will work beautifully with brown and cream, and a dash of green for an earthier country setting.

Brown Charger Plates

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I advise against placing a dark brown charger on a dark brown placemat. It is just well, too dark! It is too dark, monotonous, and boring. I recommend using contrasting colors. For example a light color tablecloth with a dark charger. A dark placemat with a silver or gold metal charger. A dark placemat with a light brown, cream, or red charger. Contrasting layers bring the place settings to life rather than losing interest in a sea of dark brown.

Cream Charger Plates

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Pulling from the colors in this Friendly Village transferware pattern, we have several options we can use when it comes to selecting the chargers which will be the first layer of our place setting. Brown, black, cream, green, and red are all colors in the pattern you can work with. Select any color or colors in the china pattern that you like and stay with your color selections for the placemats, napkins, stemware, and tablescape pieces to tie it all together.

Red Charger Plates

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Red charger plates will draw out the red color in the transferware pattern and will make the place settings pop with a beautiful splash of color. And what isn’t more perfect than red at Christmas? Paired with green stemware these chargers will make a very festive Christmas themed tablescape.

Precious metal chargers are another excellent alternative to a dark brown table setting. If using ornate sterling silver flatware, then ornate sterling silver chargers will be an elegant way to set this table. Take the table setting from elegant to regal by using gold chargers, gold-plated flatware, and gold-banded stemware.

Flatware Sets

When setting her table, Nancy used a stainless steel Woodland flatware set in her tablescape to coordinate with the rural polychrome transferware she used for her fall dinnerware place settings. (You might still be able to find this flatware set on eBay or at Replacement.com.)

Her flatware set was actually made by Spode to accompany the Spode Woodland Dinnerware which is the perfect vintage polychrome dinnerware to use when setting a fall or Thanksgiving tablescape, but since we are setting a vintage Christmas tablescape using the Johnson Brothers Friendly Village dinnerware, I prefer to use something else either unique, vintage, colorful, or Christmasy. (Nope, it’s not a real word. I just make them up as I go along. LOL)

Five generations in my family always brought out the sterling silverware for special occasions. In my younger years, I added one place setting at a time to my set because that was all I could afford to do.

These days sterling is such a commodity that if one was to buy a new high-quality sterling silver 12 place setting set, with serving pieces, it would cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000.

Instead of looking at pricey sterling silver, just because it is my family tradition, I found fun sets of flatware in a variety of colors that are all very affordable. They won’t last for future generations as heirlooms but they will last for several years. That is, as long as no one drops them down the garbage disposal. LOL.

The Laguioles Flatware Collection

Laguiole France Jean Neron 24-Pc Platine Stainless Steel Flatware Set Service of 6 in Wood BoxLaguiole France Jean Neron 24-Pc Platine Stainless Steel Flatware Set Service of 6 in Wood BoxClick Here for DetailsThe Laguioles Flatware Collection is from either the Jean Neron Cutlery, or the Jean Dubost Laguiole Company. The company is run by Jean Dubost’s family (for over three generations) in the Chabreloche dans le Puy-de-Dôme province, in the Laguiole region of the south of France.

The flatware and cutlery are exquisitely and painstakingly handcrafted from high-quality stainless steel with colored resin handles.

The Laguiole products carry the mark of its ancestors, a large bee engraved on all Laguiole products, which was originally part of Napoleon Bonaparte’s imperial seal.

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Service for 4
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Presently, there still is not a patent on the Laguiole cutlery name. Theoretically, any cutlery from the Laguiole, France region is “authentic” Laguiole, similar to the confusion over French Champagne. Only buy flatware and cutlery under the names of Jean Dubost or Jean Neron, and only if it is engraved “Made in France” or “France” with the engraved bee. Anything made in China is a cheap knock off and will seldom last very long. The poor-quality handles tend to break off rather quickly.

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Copper and Gold-Plated
Stainless Steel Flatware

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Unique Decorative Black Handle
Stainless Steel Flatware

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Green Crystal Stemware and Glasses

Brilliant emerald green crystal glasses will add a sparkling festive touch to any dinner table. Crystal reflects the candlelight so beautifully it brings a touch of magic to a Christmas dining room setting.

Emerald Green Markham By Waterford Marquis Style Crystalline Wine Glasses

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Either of these two gorgeous sets of emerald green lead-free crystalline Waterford wine glasses are perfect accompaniments to the Friendly Village transferware place settings.

Personally, I prefer to drink my wine from pure crystal stemware glasses, rather than the newly created crystalline stemware, but I am a bit of a purist. O-o-o-h! Does that make me a snobby crystal freak? Oh, well, it is what I prefer, but the newly created crystalline from Waterford is still awesome stemware, and it is more affordable, and it is truly beautiful.

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IMHO (in my huble opinion) crystalline will never be as beautiful as a real hand cut crystal glass. Examples, such as the cut crystal Waterford Lismore pattern above, or the Waterford Lismore Christmas Snowflake Edition featured next. However, it does give a gorgeous, more affordable option when trying to stick to a tight Christmas budget!

Waterford Cut Crystal Snowflake Wishes
Emerald Green Glasses

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Red Crystal Stemware and Glasses

When it comes to stemware use your best. Don’t let you nice things sit in a cupboard or closet. USE them… often! Enjoy what you have and let other’s enjoy them too!

When it comes to stemware use your best. If you have crystal hiding in a closet bring it out and use it! Don’t let your beautiful things sit in a cupboard or closet gathering dust.

USE them. Use them often!

Use them every time you set a table for any special occasion or no occasion at all! Let your guest and loved ones know how special they are to you. Enjoy what you have and let other’s enjoy them too!

Red Colored Wine Glasses

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It is perfectly fine to mix clear crystal glasses with red and green glasses for a Christmas holiday tablescape. If you have clear crystal wine glasses stored away, get them out and set the table with red or green beverage glasses. Mix and match whatever looks best with the color scheme you have chosen for your Christmas table design.

Red Crystal Holiday Champagne Flutes

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If you have chosen a red color scheme than use red wine glasses, but don’t be afraid to add in green water glasses to the place setting. If you already have clear crystal wine glasses, then why not add green or red water goblets or old fashion glasses for the cocktail drinkers? Mixing the red and green colors of Christmas will add vibrance to what could otherwise be a drab and boring brown table.

Waterford Lismore Cut Crystal Snowflake Ruby Red
‘Wishes for Joy’ Holiday Edition Glassware

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Ruby Red Beverage Glasses

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Serve your Chrristmas holiday guests their beverages in gorgeous ruby red glasses. Glasses have a variety of uses such as holiday egg nog, water, iced tea, wine, hot Christmas toddies, punch or cocktails.

Holiday Beverage Serving Pitchers

Make a pitcher of your signature cocktail punch and pour it for your guest into ruby red beverage glasses. It’s so much easier than making individual cocktails and your guest will appreciate your pampering.

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Serving Pitcher
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Creating a Friendly Village Tablescape

If you have finally decided on getting that vintage English style dinner table before the family descends for the holidays, consider this gorgeous mahogany drop leaf table, that was recently hand-made in England from solid mahogany by a third-generation cabinetmaker.

Antique Style Mahogany Drop Leaf Dining Table
by English Classics

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Using hand selected wood, this piece was hand planed and hand distressed using Old World methods of the highest quality construction that can be found in furniture making today. The sturdy legs are a classic round turned design with pad feet but can be ordered in a variety of types, including barley twist, square-tapered, French and twist.

This strong, hand made, drop leaf table is an heirloom quality piece that will last for centuries, continuing to grow more beautiful over the years. This one-of-a-kind table is a real investment in your families future!

So versatile, the table can be used as a dining table, or drop the leaves and turn it into a sideboard. Push it up against the wall, decorate it to complement the dining table Friendly Village tablescape, and fill the sideboard with beautiful Friendly Village dishes brimming with mouthwatering Christmas holiday food.

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Elegant Formal Christmas Tablecloths

To brighten the room while adding a stunning contrast to the rich brown colors found in our vintage Friendly Village dinnerware, I have chosen beautiful formal tablecloths in light colors of creamy white, ivory and sage as the base foundation for our vintage Friendly Village tablescape.

High-Quality Rich Fabric Cream, Ivory & Sage Tablecloths

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Elegant Formal Tablecloths:

  • Christmas Damask Elegant Glacier Cream Tablecloth: A rich glacier cream damask tablecloth
  • Classic Elegant Ivory Lace Edged Tablecloth: Luxurious florals & swirls tablecloth edged with delicate matching lace. Available in 3 sizes.
  • Elegant Formal Sage Spill-Proof Microfiber Tablecloth: Elegant, yet easy care microfiber is available in 6 colors and 5 sizes

Any one of these tablecloths will give a rich inviting warmth to the table setting on any special occasion through any holiday season setting. If you want you can use 2 of the tablecloths by scrunching one up and tucking it under, like Nancy did on her tablescape, for the center focal point of the table.

Nancy used a green organza curtain panel to tuck around her scrunched tablecloth. The fabric adds interest and dimension to what would be an otherwise boring table.

Pulling from the red color in the Friendly Village pottery scenes we will use red voile fabric instead of green to tuck and pouf around the cream tucked tablecloth. I found an inexpensive crimson red voile window panel scarf to replace it. The scarf is far less expensive than buying yards or a roll of organza fabric. Tuck the red scarf around the scrunched cream tablecloth and pouf it until you get the desired effect.
 

Solid Red Voile Window Panel Scarf

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Tuck fresh evergreen boughs and pine cones around the fabric and the candles. I would also add a few red vintage ornaments and red feather cardinals into the boughs for additional bursts of color. You probably already have some vintage ornaments stored with your own collection of Christmas ornaments.

Before buying any red organza or the red voile scarf, check your closets to see what you may already have on hand and check your local thrift stores too. You may find something for just a couple of bucks. If you don’t have the time to hunt locally, then this curtain scarf is a good buy.

If you prefer, of course, it is alright to just cover the whole table with just one of the tablecloths. In that case, I would make a woodsy tablescape using all natural evergreens down the center of the table with candles and lanterns tucked into the boughs. I would pair the cream tablecloth with coordinating red, brown, and green accessories and perhaps add a vintage red runner under the greenery. Below is an example of how Debbie from Confessions of a Plate Addict Blog creates a similar idea.
 

Fabric Dinner Napkins

The table napkins you choose will depend on the color scheme you have chosen to use for your Friendly Village tablescape. I have selected a few high-quality napkins in neutral colors to help you set your table properly.
 

Cotton Fabric Dinner Napkins

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In addition, I have chosen cream cloth napkins with beautiful red embroidered Christmas designs and a red and white snowflake pattern napkin set, all of which will coordinate with our red themed Friendly Village tablescape. Add red beaded napkin holders to the cream napkins and cream napkin holders to the red pattern napkin to really make the colors pop on the dinner table.
 

Christmas Fabric Dinner Napkins

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When serving a Christmas dinner, or any special occasion dinner, please do not use paper napkins. I know they are convenient, and aside from the fact they are ecologically irresponsible, paper napkins diminish the special atmosphere you have created for your guest. The point of your special Christmas tablescape and table setting is to make your guest feel welcomed and special. Leave the paper napkins to the outside summer barbeque.
 

Mission Lantern Candle Décor

Nancy used a trio of brown pillar candles with leaf filigree cut outs where the candlelight shines through. She set them on a plate which is setting on a decorative wrought iron plant stand. I have come up with two different candle options. Either will look fabulous. Which one do you like the best? Let me know in the comments below.
 

Red Multi-Sized Mission-Style
Metal and Glass Pillar Candle Lanterns
Set of 3 by Melrose International

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This red mission style lantern set fits right in with our vintage theme. The beautiful matte brick red color will look fabulous in the tablescape while they coordinate with the red hues found in the dinnerware. I think the matte red is perfect for this vintage Christmas tablescape. The lanterns are also available in brown, in case you have chosen to go with brown as the main color in your tablescape creation.
 

Antique Red Triple LED Candle Mission Lantern

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For an intimate setting of two, depending on the size of the table, of course, the lantern grouping may be too large, but one lantern may work just fine as the focal point. Remember to surround it with other decorations by tucking in items such as pine cones, red feather faux cardinal ornaments, and vintage ornaments.

Decorative Candle Holders

If choosing to use pillar candles as the centerpiece rather than lanterns, these next decorative candle holders may be used as a grouping in the center of the tablescape like Nancy did on her autumn table. On a larger scale, when using lanterns in the center, they can be spread out down the center of a large dining table.

I have selected both red and brown pillar candle holders to use for either a red and green Christmas theme or a brown themed tablescape. Check them out and decide which ones you like the best.
 

Decorative Red Distressed Pillar Candle Holders
Set of 4

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The distressed red color of these candlesticks will be a lovely addition of our friendly Village tablescape. They come in a set of 4 (two pairs). I would place a pair on each side of the lantern grouping if dining on a large dining table. If your table is is small, for a seating of 4 or less, I would use one or the other and not both.

In this case scenario, stick with the pillar candles grouping of 3 or just one. Remember to avoid using even numbers in your groupings. The 4th candle holder may be used elsewhere in the room, or in another room entirely.
 

Distressed Design Vintage Style
Wooden Candle Holder Set of 3

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The ruddy brown distressed look of these pillar candle holders will look fabulous with any vintage or rustic table setting. They are perfect for the winter season indoors and the summer season outdoors.
 

Dark Brown Antique Style Resin Pillar Candle Holders
Set of 3

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If setting a Friendly Village tablescape using brown as the main color theme, either of these these two sets (above and below) of dark brown antique-style pillar candle holders are ideal choices for the tablescape center piece.

Mahogany Pillar Candle Holders
Set of 3 by by Better Homes and Gardens

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With a deep mahogany finish, this 3-piece candle holder will still work beautifully as a tablescape centerpiece for a Christmas dinner. Even though it is an affordable set, they have an expensive and classic vintage look. The Better Homes and Gardens Candle Holders not only look elegant, but will also create a warm welcoming atmosphere.

Once the tablescape is set the way you like it, stand back to have a look. Fill in the gaps with votive and tea light candle holders to add more light and sparkle to the vintage tablescape. Be sure to place at least one at each place setting too. I have selected several vintage styles in both red and brown to give you ideas on pieces to help accent the dining table.
 

Chocolate Mercury Glass Hurricane Candle Holders
Set of 3

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A unique trio of chocolate brown vintage style mercury glass votive candle holders will look beautiful mixed in with the brown and red candle holders featured on this page while helping to create a welcoming warmth to the table design.

This stunning set of chocolate brown mercury glass features a brilliant crackle glass design with a fading ombre rust finish.
 

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I believe the more the merrier when it comes to candlelight for dinner settings, especially for special occasions like Christmas. Candlelight adds a welcoming warmth to the room and a feeling of magic in the air.

Placing a small votive or tealight candle next to each place setting is a nice additional touch each guest will appreciate. Be sure to place the candle to the top right of the place setting. We don’t want our guests elbows getting burned while they are eating now do we?
 

Christmas Red and Green Mercury Glass
Votive Tealight Candle Holders

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Vintage Christmas Ornaments

I would tuck red, green, and either gold or silver Christmas ornaments into the evergreens, or nestle them into the voile scarf used to accent the tablescape. I would also place several ornaments around the base of the candles and randomly about the table for added interest. Mercury glass Christmas ornaments are ideal for a vintage Friendly Village tablescape and I have have found several different designs to choose from.
 

Vintage Green Mini Mercury Glass Ornaments

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Vintage Silver Gold & Bronze Mercury Glass
Christmas Ornaments

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Assorted Vintage Mini Acorn
Traditional Glass Christmas Ornament
Set of 6

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Vintage Style Mercury Glass Acorn Ornaments

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Red Heart Mercury Glass Ornament Garland

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Intertwined amongst the evergreens in the Friendly Village vintage tablescape, this red mercury glass garland will pop with color while adding extra sparkle to to the table design.
 

Vintage Style Guest Favor Memento Place Card Holders

As the final touch to this vintage Friendly Village tablescape
I would add to the last layer of china in our table setting one of these small bags
of ornaments as a party favor for my guest to take home when they leave.
It can double as a place card holder by attaching a name tag to the tie on the bag
.

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Each bag carries 36 green and red mini (1″) mercury glass Christmas ornaments
in 3 different styles.

Remember to Come Back Back to See More Christmas Tablescape Ideas.

 
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White China Dinnerware Sets

Elegant White China Dinnerware
Place Settings

Lenox Butlers Pantry Gourmet 16-Piece Dinnerware Set by Lenox
I like to use lots of layering with different styles and patterns of white china dinnerware sets when setting white tablescapes for Christmas. White comes in so many different subtle shades from ivory to cream to ecru that when put together they create different depths of white-on-white which look clean, wintry and fabulous.

Layer white china dinnerware with precious metal chargers such as silver, brass, or copper and suddenly your Christmas table becomes elegant. Replace the precious metal chargers with gold chargers and just as quickly elegant turns to regal.

Layer pale icy blue or pale green china sets with white china patterns and you will have stunning Christmas tablescapes with subtle amounts of wintry color. Layer with red or green for a traditional Christmas feel. The great thing about white is that it will layer nicely with any color you prefer to use.

I have found photos of brilliant ivory and creamy white Christmas tablescapes using beautiful white china dinnerware sets. On this page, we will look at beautiful table settings with pieces I recommend as replacements or substitutes so that you can easily recreate your own white Christmas theme at home.

First and foremost, when I am building a tablescape at home I use what I already have on hand. Then I look for the pieces I need to purchase to complete the idea I have in mind. Sometimes I am lucky enough to find them in local thrift stores.

Other times, I have to purchase them new online or from places like eBay and Etsy. I have collected so many different fine China patterns and tablescape decorating color theme pieces over the years I am pretty much set to create a multitude of different themes. If the truth be known, fine china dinnerware is a bit of an obsession with me.

If you are just starting out, keep in mind that the pieces in a complete set of china are an investment in your future of decorating and to the future generations of heirs who will inherit your collections. These pieces will be used over and over again in many different ways and settings as trends change. Quality china dinnerware sets, if cared for properly, last and last for years. They become valued as heirloom pieces to be passed down for future generations.

After the holidays, I pack up my holiday decorations in big plastic snap lid containers and store them labeled in the basement until next year when they are again needed. Remember to keep cardboard or bubble wrap between each plate and to wrap each serving piece to protect them from damage. I use old pillow cases and cut up pieces out of old flannel sheets to wrap china. It is so fun to pull them out of storage and become delighted all over again when I rediscover the beautiful things I love.
 

White on White Layered Table Place Setting

White on White Barouque China Table Setting
Photo by Yvonne of Stone Gables Blog

I absolutely adore the white baroque china plates used in this white table setting by Yvonne at StoneGablesBlog.com. It looks as though she has incorporated 4 different white china patterns for a stunning vintage, shabby chic style table setting.

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Yvonne has chosen pure white table linens; sterling silver flatware and napkin rings; with French Fleur de Lis utensil rest accent pieces. The table is also accented with silver mercury glass pillar candle holders and mercury glass votive candle holders.

Accessories do a fabulous job of adding a lot of style without putting a big burden on your budget. Adding a French country style, white stoneware vase to hold natural pine greenery will add style with a small price tag.

Placing a white glittery pine cone ornament into each soup bowl gives the setting a nice festive touch. It is something that can be a memento for each guest to take home to remember their pamper guest status as your guest at Christmas.

Pine cone ornaments are something which can easily be made at home from all the pine cones collected by your family when they have ventured on summer nature walks and hikes. All it takes is some white spray paint, spray flocking, glass glitter, and silver or gold cord for hanging. Make it a project for the kids on a rainy day when they tell you, “Mom, I’m bored!”

Bianca White 16-Piece Dinnerware Set
Service for 4
by American Atelier

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A perfect example of how Sherry, from the Charm of Home Blog, layered different pattern white on white dishes to bring texture and classic elegance to her winter white table setting.

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Creamy White Dinnerware Sets

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Any of these white china dinnerware place settings can be mixed, matched, and layered on a white Christmas tablescape.


 

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Antique White 40-Pc Dinnerware Set
Service for 8
by Mikasa

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The uniquely shaped decorative rim on this set of white bone china will add elegance to a white Christmas table setting when layered with other white china patterns. It is important to layer the place settings with different patterns to create visual interest. Matching sets of china and crystal can be so plain, boring and unwelcoming.
 

Mikasa White Countryside Inspired
40-Piece Dinnerware Sets
Service for 8

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Layering with square shaped dinnerware is another exciting way to set a white table. You don’t have to limit yourself to using all square dishes either. Is is alright to use alternate layers of square and round dishes, alternating layers of each.

I love this example created by Yvonne at the Stone Gable Blog. For a Christmas setting, add a special Christmas ornament to each bowl placed as the last layer in the place setting. Each guest can take their ornament home when they leave as a special momento to remember the magical evening you created for them.
 

White Square Bianca Leaf Earthenware
16-Pc Dinnerware Set
Service for 4 by American Atelier

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White Earthenware Bianca Leaf Platters
by American Atelier

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Gorgeous embossed design platters can be used as chargers under the layered white place settings, as well as serving pieces. Precious metal chargers are always stunning. They are often the first choice in chargers, but the square leaf embossed earthenware platter is a fabulous substitute that will look just as beautiful while reminding us of an Italian summer!
 

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Bianca Wave White Ceramic Platters
by American Atelier

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Mix and match all shaped and color hues of white to create a more interesting table setting. Yes, Martha, we can now place a round peg into a square hole and nobody cares because it looks fabulous and trendy!
 

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Layered White China and Earthenware Christmas Place Setting

Vintage White Christmas Dinnerware Place Setting with Mercury Glass Ornament

Photo by Carolyn Aiken of Aiken House and Gardens Blog

Carolyn Aikens, from the Aiken House and Garden Blog, has created this white Christmas tablescape similar to Yvonne’s at the Stone Gable Blog, but it is not as ornate and has fewer layers. She has gone with a creamy ivory charger under a creamy white ruffled china dinner plate, with a white baroque earthenware salad plate as the top layer.

A vintage, shabby chic style was chosen using a lace tablecloth and Battenburg lace cut-out napkins. The table is accented with antique style bottle brush Christmas trees and a beautiful mercury glass ornament adorns each place setting. Be sure to go here to see how we recreated her lovely white French cottage style Christmas tea for two tablescape.
 

Baroque Earthenware 20-Pc Dinnerware Set
by The Jay Companies

Christmas Tablescape Décor - Baroque white earthenware 20-piece dinnerware set by The Jay CompaniesBaroque Earthenware 20-Pc Dinnerware SetClick Here for Details

 
I love this baroque style set of earthenware china and think it is a perfect fit when creating a winter white Christmas themed table like Carolyn’s. Layer it with the Italian Countryside dinnerware set featured above, or any set you may like better. Layering with different sets brings extra texture, depth, and interest with an electic feel to the table.

This set is a 20-piece set to serve 4 guests. Included are 4 square dinner plates, 4 round salad plates, 4 cereal/soup bowls, 4 cups and 4 saucers.
 

Creamy White Stoneware Pitchers

Add several antique style stoneware pitchers to the table to serve beverages or as decorative substitute vases for fresh seasonal greenery or flowers. I love the idea of mixing creamy white with precious metals.

White Country Style Cupboard PitcherWhite Country Style Cupboard PitcherClick Here for DetailsAntique Ivory Rose Poterie de Cuisine PitcherAntique Ivory Rose Poterie de Cuisine PitcherClick Here for DetailsWhite Lenox French Perle Stoneware PitcherWhite Lenox French Perle Stoneware PitcherClick Here for Details

 

 

Firenze Ivory Ceramic Dinnerware
by Certified International

Christmas Tablescape Décor - Firenze ivory ceramic dinnerware by Certified InternationalFirenze Ivory Ceramic DinnerwareClick Here for Details

 
All of the pieces from this collection of Firenze Ivory Ceramic Dinnerware are hand painted and each set of plates, bowls, cups, and serveware are sold separately. I would layer them with the Baroque white china dinnerware set for a gorgeous layered white-on-white vintage style Christmas table setting.
 

Elegant White Themed Coastal Christmas Table Setting

This is a very simple, yet elegant Christmas dinner table setting with a coastal flair. White, silver and blue ball ornaments are placed in a glass crystal bowl for a decorative centerpiece. Pearl beaded garland is intertwined around the votive candles placed randomly on the table and around the center piece bowl with a white sea star.

A white matelasse quilt is used as the tablecloth with a simple, one plate, white China setting with sterling silver flatware. Playing off the pearl garland, I would use pearl napkin rings and a pearl rimmed charger under the dinner plate for this setting.
 

Elegant Platinum Banded Bone China

Simplicity and elegance wrapped up in a platinum band are the beginning of a love affair with bone china on a Christmas table setting. Place them on silver chargers to begin the magic of a layered china place setting.
 

Lenox Pearl Innocence Platinum Banded Fine China

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This Lenox Platinum-Banded Fine China pattern is one I absolutely adore! I don’t have this set, but would love to own it. The Lenox china patterns which I do own, I have I had for many, many years and they still look as beautiful as they did when brand new.

One of my sets was passed down from my Grandmother, and one from my Mother. It just goes to show how fine china can become family heirlooms when taken care of properly. All of my china sets will, in turn, be passed down to my three daughters and my four granddaughters.

If I were going to get another set of fine bone China, I would get this one. It is so delicate with a simple, beautiful, elegance! Personally, I think it is the perfect place setting to use for a formal White Christmas dinner or a formal rehearsal wedding dinner.

The lovely, creamy ivory fine bone China has an intricate tone-on-tone scrolling vine design accented with hand-enameled pearl buds, perfect for our tone-on-tone white tablescape. The tea/coffee cups have two bands, one patterned and one ivory separated by a platinum band. All pieces are platinum rimmed.

What I would do to really show off its beauty, for a formal Christmas affair, is to put silver chargers under the dinner plates as the first layer of the place setting. The chargers will reflect the light, adding additional sparkle as they pick up the lights from the candles in the room. I would use sterling silver flatware and crystal stemware. As with all Lenox China, serving pieces are available to complete this collection.

Simply Elegant Entertaining on a Budget

White and Silver Place Setting on a Sheet Music Placemat

Photo by HGTV.com/

See the silver charger in this table setting? It is the base of the layering in this simple white Christmas place setting. This elegant place setting is such an easy one to recreate in your own dining room at home. It doesn’t take a lot of arranging, yet it sets an elegant feel to a simple tablescape. Feel comfortable with using any pieces required to set this simple place setting from what you may already have at home, without eliminating any of the items that make the setting sparkle.

Lenox Ivory Frost Platinum-Banded 5-Piece Place Setting, Service for 1Lenox Ivory Frost Platinum-Banded 5-Piece Place Setting, Service for 1Click Here for DetailsBegin the layering process with a silver charger placed on the sheet music placemat as the base. Next add a platinum banded ivory or white China dinner plate, then place a silver salad/dessert plate as the last layer of serving dishes.

If you don’t have any small silver dessert plates, check your local thrift stores and junk shops for inexpensive silver-plated ones. They do not have to match. I have found them at thrift stores for just a couple of dollars a piece.

Top off the serving dishes by placing a white linen napkin with an ornate sterling silver napkin ring to the salad plate. What I love the best about this simple white dinnerware setting is the page of sheet music she used as a placemat along with silver flatware. Simple, budget-minded, yet creatively elegant.

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Set of 4
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As a note, sterling silver chargers are the ideal investment for all future entertaining table décor, however, they are very pricey these days and may not be in the budget for someone just starting out. When you can afford it, find a sterling silver charger you like and buy one every year until you get a full set. Store your chargers in made-for-silver, anti-tarnish, flannel pouches designed to prevent tarnishing and scratches.

I like to recommend to young couples who are just starting out to substitute silver plate chargers as an inexpensive alternative. Silver-plated chargers need the same care as sterling silver but are lighter in weight. They only have a thin layer of sterling silver plated over another metal so they will not last as long as sterling silver. Eventually, the silver plate will wear off. They will look just as stunning on your table as real sterling silver, but will only last for a short period of time.

A brilliantly inexpensive way to tie in the tablescape décor to the place setting is to take more pages of sheet music and turn them into Christmas ornaments. There are many websites online with tutorials on how to make Christmas ornaments with sheet music. I found a ton of them on Pinterest. Blue Mercury Glass Glittered Faux Feather Tail Bird  Christmas Ornament Set of 6Blue Mercury Glass Glittered Faux Feather Tail Bird Christmas Ornament Set of 6Click Here for Details

Mix them into the evergreens of the tablescape centerpiece along with mercury glass birds, silver ball ornaments, and a mixture of silver and white snowflakes. Sheet music can often be found at estate sales and garage sales.

I always like to pick them up whenever I find them and store them in my craft closet until I need them. Sheet music is fabulous to use for many inexpensive decorating ideas such as this placemat idea.

By nestling mercury glass bird ornaments into the pine boughs, along with silver Christmas ball ornaments, and glittery snowflakes, you will add interest and sparkle to your inexpensive centerpiece of freshly picked evergreens. The candlelight coming from mercury glass candle holders will reflect off the glass ornaments and the crystal drinking glasses, just like mirrors reflecting the light making everything glitter and sparkle in the candlelight.
 

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Noritake Crestwood Platinum Fine Bone China
50-Piece Set, Service for 8

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Another fabulous set of fine china dinnerware which can be layered with pattern white china to create a serenely elegant place setting.
 

Elegant White Gold-Banded Fine Bone China

If looking for a more regal look in your white china place setting, you may want to consider setting a table in white with gold accents. These gold-banded sets of white china will help you do just that. A gold and white tablescape theme is an excellent choice for Thanksgiving, the Christmas and Hannuka holidays, New Year’s celebrations, Valentine’s Day, Passover, Easter Sunday, June weddings, anniversary celebrations and any other reason to hold a formal dinner party.

In fact, IMHO (In my humble opion) it is imperative for anyone who entertains with a lot of formal funtions to have at least one set of gold-banded china and one set of platinum-banded china as place setting staples.
 

Lenox Gold-Banded White Fine Bone China

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White Gold-Banded 57-Pc Bone China Dinnerware Set
The Royal Palatial Collection
Service for 8

Christmas Tablescape Décor - The Royal Palatial Collection White 24kt Gold-Banded 57-Pc Bone China Dinnerware Set - Service for 8 by The Christmas BoutiqueWhite Gold-Banded 57-Pc Bone China Dinnerware Set – Service for 8Click Here for Details

 
A large elegant set of fine white bone china dinnerware with a 24kt gold Greek design motif banding the rims of the china. The set is a service for eight which includes dinner plates, salad/dessert plates, soup bowls, fruit bowls, cups, and saucers. Also included are a coffee/tea pot with lid, a small creamer pitcher, a sugar bowl with lid, an oval serving platter, a serving bowl, and a pair of salt and pepper shakers.
 

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    Vintage White Christmas Tablescape | Tea for Two Luncheon

    Vintage White Christmas Tablescape
    for an Intimate Holiday Tea for Two

    The serenity of a vintage white Christmas tablescape is lovely for an intimate afternoon high tea luncheon on a snowy afternoon. Carolyn from the Aiken House & Gardens Blog created this Christmas tablescape for a romantic luncheon in her cottage several years ago and it is still as beautiful today as it was then.

    It reminds me of a time when I was living in a cabin high up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado watching the snow fall gently through our picture window to a carpet of snow covering the landscape as far as I could see through the woods. The snow had been falling steadily all night and we were snowbound to the cabin.

    The cabin had white washed walls inside and I had decorated it in a white-on-white, shabby chic, French country theme style very similar to Carolyn’s design. I remember the whole scene was almost surreal with the quiet of the white snowfall outside and the peaceful serenity of the white cottage decor inside the cabin. I remember thinking this as I sat at the window watching the snow coming down ever so softly, but with steady purpose.

    The vintage white Christmas tablescape is a reminder of the snowy outside scenery. It begins with a white lace tablecloth layered over a solid ivory tablecloth as the backdrop for this quiet winter white vintage tea for two Christmas luncheon.
     

    White Lace Tablecloths & Overlays

    I have selected several different styles of lace tablecloths in different qualities, from the very affordable to the higher-end lace. You have several options of shapes which can be layered over the solid ivory fabric tablecloth. A round tablecloth is one choice but a square will look equally as beautiful. You decide which one you like the best.

    I am also including a few gorgeous ivory lace overlays and tablecloths which can be layered over a white tablecloth. Either way, it is still a tone-on-tone but with a warmer hue that the serenity of winter white as the top layer.

    However, if you already have a lace tablecloth hidden in the linen closet which you have been saving for the “right occasion”, now is the time to get it out and use it! That goes for the tablecloth, too. If you have a round or square white damask tablecloth, use it with an ivory lace overlay topper.
     

    White Victorian Rose Lace Tablecloth
    Made in USA by Heritage Lace

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - White Victorian rose lace tablecloth made in USA by Heritage LaceWhite Victorian Rose Lace TableclothClick Here for Details

    A beautiful white Victorian style round lace tablecloth which will be beautiful when draped over a solid ivory satin tablecloth. The tone-on-tone will give the table a serene old-world look perfect for a Victorian high tea luncheon.

    The tablecloth is made in the USA by Heritage Lace at their North Carolina mill, and in their Iowa facilities, by talented American craftspeople. Heritage Lace is well known for their high-end lace along with specialty products including window treatments and textiles for the home.

    This lace tablecloth is made of 100% polyester, which means it is washable, but it still has to be treated gently and with care. It can only be washed in the machine in cold water on a gentle cycle. I wouldn’t recommend putting it in the dryer any longer than a tumble to remove excess water. I would hang it over a clothes line to dry completely without using clothes pins.
     

    Ivory Floral Lace Crochet Square Tablecloth OverlayIvory Floral Lace Crochet Square Tablecloth OverlayClick Here for DetailsWhite Downton Abbey Lace Grantham Table TopperWhite Downton Abbey Lace Grantham Table TopperClick Here for DetailsWhite Victorian Lace Round Tablecloth OverlayWhite Victorian Lace Round Tablecloth OverlayClick Here for Details

     

     
    Add sophistication to a small round or square table in your home with any of these affordable lace tablecloth overlays. I think they are all lovely pieces, ideally suitable for an intimate luncheon or an elegant dinner for two. The lace tablecloth overlays featured next are available in several table sizes.

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - Elegant and delicate white rose design lace tableclothElegant White Rose Lace TableclothClick Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Décor - White or ivory floral lace table top overlayWhite or Ivory Floral Lace OverlayClick Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Décor - Handmade cotton crochet lace round tablecloth also available in other table sizesHandmade Cotton Crochet Lace Round TableclothClick Here for Details

     

     
    One of the beautiful things about using a lace tablecloth is that any color can be used under it to coordinate with your own theme color. In this instance we want to layer the white over ivory or ivory over white for a tone-on-tone winter shabby chic table dressing. The overlays are seasonless and can then be used another time over a different color to coordinate with your home décor or seasonal tablescape theme.
     

    Unique Beige Embroidered Lace Small Round Tablecloth

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - Unique beige organza embroidered white flower lace small round tablecloth - Available in many table sizesUnique Beige Embroidered Lace Small Round TableclothClick Here for Details

    Layering this beige hand embroidered lace tablecloth over an ivory or white tablecloth will make a gorgeous vintage style background with which to layer creamy white and ivory Christmas tableware. On a small table in a small room a light and airy tablecloth, such as this one, adds a lightness to the room while accenting the vintage table décor.
     

    White Canterbury Lace Classic Rectangle Tablecloth
    by Heritage Lace

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - White Canterbury lace classic rectangle tablecloth by Heritage LaceWhite Canterbury Lace Classic Rectangle TableclothClick Here for Details

     
    The shabby chic vintage white Christmas tablescape we are recreating doesn’t have to be just for an afternoon tea for two. It can be expanded to a larger dinner tablescape if you like. Several of the lace tablecloths I have featured above are suitable for large dining room tables. White heirloom lace will add charm and elegance to a vintage white Christmas tablescape.
     

    Creamy White Dinnerware Sets


    Carolyn’s vintage table setting is layered with mixed china and pottery dinnerware with subtle differences in shades of white, off-white, and ivory. It is a very simple, yet elegantly aristocratic table setting. Carolyn used a romantic decorative white china charger with an ornate filigree cutout scroll pattern as the first layer of her table setting. I found several vintage style white chargers as substitutes for the first layer we are recreating.

    Creamy White Charger Plates

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - White Baroque Charger Plate by IntradaWhite Baroque ChargerClick Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Décor - White Bella Bianca Beaded Charger Plate by Arte ItalicaBella Bianca ChargerClick Here for Details

     

     

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - Whitewash Berry & Thread scallop charger plate by JuliskaWhite “Berry & Thread” Scallop ChargerClick Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Décor - White round beaded charger plate - Set of 4White Beaded Charger – Set of 4Click Here for Details

     

     
    The rest of the layers are from the Baroque Dinnerware Set featured below, and pieces from other white pottery sets as well. I have devoted an entire post to this style of white dinnerware. Click here to see them.
     

    Baroque Earthenware Dinnerware Set
    by The Jay Companies

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - Baroque white earthenware dinnerware set by The Jay CompaniesBaroque Earthenware Dinnerware SetClick Here for Details

     
    I would mix and match pieces from the white, cream and ivory sets I already have in my pantry before purchasing new sets. However, if you have not yet started a collection of white dinnerware sets, it is never too soon to start. White is a “must have” pantry item for anyone who loves tablescape decorating.
     

    Creamy White Victoria 16-Pc Dinnerware Set
    by American Atelier

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - Creamy white Victoria 16-Pc dinnerware set by American AtelierCreamy White Victoria 16-Pc Dinnerware SetClick Here for Details

     
    A lovely, moderately priced, white earthenware dinner set which will look fabulous layered with any other dinnerware set regardless of the occasion or the tablescape creation.
     

    Mini Silver Mercury Glass Heart Shaped Ornaments Set of 6

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    Place a mini mercury glass heart on the last piece of layering in your table setting. It could be placed on an appetizer plate, a salad plate, or in a soup bowl. Whichever course you have decided to serve to your guest first is the piece you will use to place this romantic mini mercury glass heart. Carolyn used a round mercury glass ornament, but I thought since you will be enjoying a romantic tea, the heart would be the perfect addition.
     

    Miniature Winter White Frost Covered Sisal
    Bottle Brush Trees on Wood Bases
    Package of 6

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - Miniature winter white frost covered sisal bottle brush trees on wood bases - Package of 6Miniature Winter White Frost Covered Sisal Bottle Brush TreesClick Here for Details

     

    These little white sisal bottle brush Christmas trees make adorable
    table decorations on any winter vintage white tablescape.

     

    White Antique Style Teapots

    The tea set Carolyn uses is again, an eclectic mix of creamy white pottery pieces that all tie together beautifully. I love her teapot and wish I could find one like it. I didn’t and am sad over it, but I did find several vintage style pieces which I like almost as well.
     

    Creamy White Antique Style Teapot

    White Antique Style TeapotWhite Antique Style TeapotClick Here for Details

     

     

    Miss Bella Antique Style White Teapots

    White Ceramic Embossed  Crown TeapotWhite Ceramic Embossed Crown TeapotClick Here for DetailsCreamy White Vintage Floral Embossed TeapotCreamy White Vintage Floral Embossed TeapotClick Here for DetailsWhite Ceramic Embossed French Design TeapotWhite Ceramic Embossed French Design TeapotClick Here for Details

     

     
    Any one of these sweet reproductions of white antique teapots will fit right in your vintage style Christmas holiday tea for two. Each one has an eclectic French country flair which will meld nicely with the white pottery mix of our white vintage table setting.
     

    White Vintage Style Lace Embossed Tea Cup Set with Butterfly Cut-Outs
    Set of 6

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - White vintage style lace embossed tea cup set with butterfly cut-outs - Set of 6White Vintage Style Lace Embossed Tea Cup Set – Set of 6Click Here for Details

     

    White Antique Style Sugar & Cream Sets

    Place a white vintage style sugar and creamer set for an eclectic, shabby chic, vintage Victorian appeal.
     

    White Milk Glazed Terracotta
    Hydrangea Sugar & Creamer Set
    by Mud Pie

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - Mud Pie white milk glazed terracotta hydrangea sugar & creamer setWhite Milk Glazed Terracotta Hydrangea Sugar & Creamer SetClick Here for Details

    A handcrafted hydrangea design, terracotta sugar and cream set, has been finished with a milk white glaze. This set is a perfect pairing when added to the table with a white vintage, shabby chic, eclectic French country teapot.

    See a few more white country sugar and creamer sets below before making a final decision.
     

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - Mud Pie white fleur de lis sugar and cream setWhite Fleur de Lis Sugar/Cream SetClick Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Décor - Lenox white French perle sugar and creamer setWhite Lenox French Perle Sugar/Creamer SetClick Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Décor - Mud Pie white sculpted bird cream and sugar setWhite Sculpted Bird Cream/Sugar SetClick Here for Details

     

     

    White Antique Style Country Pitchers

    Add a white French country style pitcher to the tablescape to hold fresh greenery from outside. Fill it with evergreen cuttings, sprigs of fresh mistletoe, and cuttings of red holly berry. The contrasting green and red colors against a white earthenware pitcher will bring a touch of the forest from the outside to the inside, along with a welcoming warmth.

    If you live in an area which does not provide these types of evergreens, then, by all means, use what you have. Take cuttings from your backyard and create a simple yet beautiful arrangement in your pitcher. Wild grasses and seed pods make wonderful pitcher arrangements. Trim a few branches from your Christmas tree and tuck a few of their cuttings into the arrangement too.

    Artificial evergreens along with white berry sprigs and flocked white pinecone picks from the Dollar Store are another option which is very affordable and won’t break the bank. Faux white silk poinsettias will also make a gorgeous display when placed in a milk white country pitcher.
     

    Large White French Country Stoneware Pitcher

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - Large white french country stoneware pitcherLarge White French Country Stoneware PitcherClick Here for Details

     
    This handmade vintage stoneware pitcher is a distressed style pitcher reproduced from a French farmhouse pitcher. It is finished with a milky, matte glaze to give it an old-fashioned European charm. The pitcher is available in two sizes. They are strictly for decorative purposes and are not safe to use for food or beverages.
     

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - Hosley's white ceramic country pitcherWhite Ceramic Country PitcherClick Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Décor - Vancore large white shabby chic metal jug flower vase pitcherLarge White Shabby Chic Metal PitcherClick Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Décor - White Enamelware Rustic French Country Primitive PitcherWhite Enamel French Country PitcherClick Here for Details

     

     
    If setting a table on a larger scale for another occasion, I would use several of these pitchers down the center of the table filled, and surrounded, with fresh evergreens and seasonal florals. Natural elements flocked white, such as pinecones and natural decorative orbs would also be effective accent pieces on a table for a larger seating.
     

    White Ceramic Artichoke Pitcher
    by Mud Pie

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - Mud Pie white ceramic artichoke pitcherWhite Ceramic Artichoke PitcherClick Here for Details

     
    Another beautiful and fanciful creation by Mud Pie, this milk glaze finish over ceramic terracotta pitcher, will be a lovely addition to our afternoon tea table setting. During the summer use it on a lanai tablesetting and fill it full of rum punch! The artichoke detailing is seasonless and will be beautiful any time of the year when placed on the table to house evergreens, flowers, water, or punch.
     

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - Lenox Opal Innocence Carved PitcherLenox Opal Innocence Carved PitcherClick Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Décor - Lenox Large White French Perle PitcherLenox Large White French Perle PitcherClick Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Décor - White ceramic vintage style french country pitcherWhite Ceramic Vintage Style French Country PitcherClick Here for Details

     

     

    White Ceramic Canapé Platters

    These small ceramic platters with a Fleur De Lis design will add texture and interest to the beautiful food being served.
     

    White Fleur De Lis Platters by Mud Pie

    White Fleur De Lis Oval PlatterWhite Fleur De Lis Oval PlatterClick Here for DetailsFleur de Lis Hostess PlatterFleur de Lis Hostess PlatterClick Here for Details

     

     

    Vintage Inspired White Ceramic Butter Dish
    with a Clear Glass Knob Cover

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - Vintage inspired fluted white ceramic butter dish with a clear glass door knob coverClear Glass Door Knob White Ceramic Butter DishClick Here for Details

    You may need to serve your guest soft sweet creamy butter to spread on a warm scone, a tea sandwich, or a hot roll, and what better way to do it than with a white vintage inspired fluted ceramic butter dish topped with a clear glass door knob handle? A perfect match as a table top accessory to a vintage white tablescape.

    And We Mustn’t Forget the Crystal and Silver!

    Now is the time to pull the “good crystal” out of the closet, or pantry, or whereever you have been saving it, and use it for your special guest. I think beautiful crystal stemware makes our guests feel special. Since Christmas is such a huge celebration, which is honored in so many special ways, why not pull all the stops? Bring all of the “good” crystal, silver, and china out into the light. Don’t let your precious heirlooms sit in a dark closet. USE them…..use them often! Enjoy what you have and allow others to enjoy them too!
     

    Marquis by Waterford Markham Wine Glass Set
    Set of 4

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    I couldn’t believe the bargain price for this set of Waterford Marquis crystal wine glasses. When I bought my first set of Waterford Lismore crystal wine glasses they were 4 times the amount.

    Last year I had to replace a couple of broken Waterford Lismore champagne flutes and I thought I had gotten a good deal at 3 times the price of this set of 4 wine glasses.

    I would use this set of Waterford glasses as water glasses on my simply designed, vintage white Christmas, tea for two luncheon tablescape. Even though Waterford does make the some of the best cut-crystal in the world, I prefer a finer crystal than this set to serve wine, especially red wines.

    Next, we need to decide on the silverware we intend to use for this beautiful table setting. We want it to be beautifully ornate with a vintage appeal to coordinate with our eclectic mix of vintage style French country.

    Many of us already have our sets of sterling silverware. If that is the case for you, then now is the time to get it out of the silver chest and polish away the tarnish. Silverware is the best flatware to use on this type of table setting, and of course, for any formal Christmas table setting.

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - French Provincial Sterling Silver 4-Piece Flatware Set, Service for 1French Provincial Sterling Silver 4-Piece Flatware SetClick Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Décor - Wallace Grande Baroque 4-Piece Sterling Silverware Set, Service for 1Wallace Grande Baroque 4-Pc Sterling Silverware SetClick Here for Details

     

     
    Sterling silver flatware has almost tripled in price over the last 5 years and a full-service set can run upward from $8,000. If you are just starting out, I suggest starting your silverware collection with one place setting at a time, if that is all you can afford to do. This way you can build your silverware set over time without such a big chunk of money coming out of your funds all at once.

    Until then, fake it ’til you make it, with either a set of silver plated flatware or a highly-polished stainless steel set. Silver plate will look almost as luxurious as sterling silver while adding sparkle, shine and a formal elegance to any table setting and few will be able to tell the difference.
     

    Oneida Michelangelo 20-Pc Stainless Steel Flatware Set
    Service for 4

    Christmas Tablescape Décor - Oneida Michelangelo 20-Pc Stainless Steel Flatware Set, Service for 4Oneida Michelangelo 20-Pc Stainless Steel Flatware Set, Service for 4Click Here for Details

    This ornate stainless steel set by Oneida is a very affordable 20-piece, service for 4, flatware set. It is not as luxurious as silver plate flatware or sterling silver, but it will suffice for this Christmas tea and for everyday use.

    Keep in mind that this should not keep you from starting your own set of silverware. Remember what I said before, start with just a few pieces, or one place setting at a time, and keep adding as the budget permits.
     

    Gorham Chantilly Sterling Silver 80-Pc Flatware Set, Service for 12Christmas Tablescape Décor – Gorham Chantilly Sterling Silver 80-Piece Flatware Set, Service for 12Click Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Décor - Wallace Grande Baroque Sterling Silver 46-Pc Flatware Set, Service for 8Wallace Grande Baroque Sterling Silver 46-Pc Flatware Set, Service for 8Click Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Décor - Towle Sterling Silver Chippendale 48-Piece Silverware Set, Service for 12Towle Chippendale Sterling Silver 48-Pc Flatware Set, Service for 12Click Here for Details

     

     
    Another alternative for this lovely vintage table setting is an affordable set of creamy ivory handled flatware wrapped in a vintage style silver-tone setting.

    Vintage Style Creamy Ivory Flatware Sets
    with Ornamental Silver-Tone Handle Wraps

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    Beautiful Ivory Porcelain Christmas Votive & Tea Light Candle Holders

    I am a firm believer in having the magical welcoming warmth of candlelight on a Christmas tablescape…..the more candles the better! However, for an intimate Christmas luncheon for two in the aftertoon, I have to agree with Carolyn in only scattering a few well placed votive candles to enhance the simple settings of this very romatic table setting.
     

    La Vie en Blanc Rose Porcelain Tealight Candle Holder

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    Carolyn used ivory porcelain star shaped votive candle holders by Lenox. Unfortunately, these particular ones have been discontinued. Every year Lenox introduces gorgeous new porcelain designs. I selected a few to blend in well with this late afternoon high-tea Christmas luncheon.
     

    Lenox Ivory Porcelain Christmas Votive Candle Holders

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    Lenox Merry Lights Tree Votive Candle HolderLenox Merry Lights Tree Votive Candle HolderClick Here for DetailsLenox Floral Fields Votive Candle HolderLenox Floral Fields Votive Candle HolderClick Here for DetailsLenox Merry Lights Angel Votive Candle HolderLenox Merry Lights Angel Votive Candle HolderClick Here for Details

     

     

    And there we have it.
    We have recreated a gorgeous winter vintage white Christmas tablescape.

     

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