How to Create a Simple Christmas Tablescape with a Beautiful Red & White Table Setting
Red & White Stripe Table Linens
Martha Stewart created this simple, yet festive, Christmas table setting which is lovely in its simplicity and perfect for an intimate setting on a small budget. I like it best for a Christmas breakfast, but it can also be set for a luncheon or a Christmas dinner.
Starting with the table linens, Martha uses a bistro style red and white striped cotton tablecloth and a white cloth napkin. Martha used a white fabric napkin with small red stitching as the base color for the red and white striped table cloth and candy canes in the table decor. However, since the tablecloth we are using is an off-white linen, it is fine to use striped linen bistro napkins instead. Solid red napkins will be lovely as well, while bringing additional color to the simple landscape of the table.
Red Stripe Luxury Linen & Cotton Natural Tablecloth
Red Stripe Bistro Napin Sets
Martha used a basic white octogon-shaped dinnerware set for her table setting. I found a beautiful antique white French country dinnerware set as a substitute.
Antique White French Country 40-Piece Dinnerware Set
Service for 8
The graceful scalloped design shape of this antique white French country set make it a perfect choice for casual everyday dining. At the same time, they have a simple elegance that can be used to entertain guest on a special occasion.
Even though Martha keeps her table setting very simple with all white layering, I like taking it to the next level by layering with contrasting dishes. I found gorgeous red poinsettia designed porcelain dinnerware pieces which are an excellent choice for the layering contrast I was looking for. They will take this simple table setting to the next level for entertaining. They bring a festive feel to the table while still keeping the simple country style theme.
Elegant and Festive Red Poinsettia Porcelain Dinnerware
Made in USA by Caskata
Silver Holiday Flatware
Miss Martha sets her simple tablescape with sterling silverware. I also prefer to always set my special occasion tables using sterling silver flatware. Silver will always bring the highest level of elegance to any table setting. When it is a simple table setting, such as this one, a touch of elegance is always especially nice.
Chantilly Sterling Silver Flatware
4-Piece Place Setting
I know not everyone can afford sterling silver. On a very tight budget and sterling silver is not yet an option? Still you want an elegant coordinated tablescape, right? Of course, you do! If sterling silver is not within the budget, then by all means, go with an attractive stainless steel flatware set.
Festive Red Stainless Steel Fun
I have found another option for a plain silverware substitution that is both fun and affordable. These red flatware sets you are about to see are a perfect solution to the budget problem for this simple holiday table.
Sophia 20-Piece Red Flatware Set
When setting her simple tablescape, all Miss Martha did was get plain white pillar candles in 3 different heights and decorate them with crepe paper strips, white paper strips and red and white stripe cording with mini jingle bells attached.
If using an off-white or ivory linen tablecloth, then go with a creamy white or ivory colored candles instead of white. If perhaps you already have a bunch of white pillars hanging around the house, go ahead and use them. You don’t have to waste money you don’t have by purchasing new candles! Besides, we do love an electic feel for our tablescape anyway, right?
You can buy candles for a dollar each at any Dollar Store, if you are really strapped for cash, but they will burn down really quickly. Just be sure to keep your eye on them. Or you can buy better quality candles. I like the LED light candles the best. They won’t burn down! You just have to replace the batteries ever now and then.
When decorating your candles, you can use Miss Martha’s crepe paper idea to keep it simple.
But …..you can also use
- velvet ribbon
- satin ribbon
- decorative braid trim
Use your imagination and decorate the candles any way you like. Ribbon and lace would look so much prettier than crepe paper. Just get out your glue gun and glue a strip around each candle. I found some examples you might like, but if you like to hunt thrift shops for bargains, you might find something you like there too.
She also tied red and white cording with mini jingle bells around the candles which I think are an adorable idea. Here is what I found to accomplish this simple decorating idea.
DIY Crafts Mini Red Jingle Bells and Red Striped Cording
If using this tablescape for a casual Christmas breakfast, then we should add red glasses to our tablesetting. I found a beautiful set of ruby red highball glasses that match the table setting perfectly.
Ruby Red Highball Glasses – Set of 4
When setting this tablescape for a Christmas luncheon or dinner, use the ruby red glasses as water glasses and these next red swirl glasses to serve the wine.
Red Swirl Wine Glasses – Set of 4
As an alternative, I also found a set of wonderful, hand blown, red and white swirl Mexican glasses that will look absolutely awesome on a Christmas breakfast table giving the table a more festive feel!
Red and White Swirl Hand Blown Mexican Glasses
Set of 4
Switch the juice glasses from breakfast to matching red and white swirl wine glasses for a small, intimate Christmas dinner.
Red and White Swirl Hand Blown Mexican Wine Glasses
Set of 4
Remember those adorable little crepe paper jingle bells Miss Martha made as place-setting decorations? If you want to try your hand at making them too, you can how to make them by clicking this link for the Crepe Paper Bells Tutorial.
Lastly, place candy dishes on the table and fill them with red and white striped candy cane pieces. You now have several fabulous ideas to set a simple, yet elegant red and white themed tablescape for the perfect Christmas morning breakfast table or a casual and intimate Christmas dinner!
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