Rustic Table Setting on a Christmas Tablescape

A Rustic Table Setting for a Christmas Tablescape

A huge part of setting up a Rustic Christmas Tablescape is the rustic table settings, or place settings. We need to decide on the table linens dinnerware, flatware, stemware and serveware we want to use. Before we begin creating the tablescape we need to decide if we will be using a tablecloth, a table runner or both. They will need to be set on the table prior to the layering of the tablescape.

Rustic Table Linens

In order to keep with yesterday’s theme of a Rustic Christmas Tablescape Idea from Jennifer Rizzo’s Blog, shown above, we are going to start by covering our table in rustic table linens. Jennifer used a funky looking tablecloth decorated with gold glitter and gold sequin polka dot embellishment, which I didn’t think coordinated very well with the rustic setting and silver accent pieces of the tablescape.

We will begin setting our table with a burlap tablecloth and runner. I have also found some truly awesome French country style placemats. Keep in mind, even though this burlap tablecloth has been hemmed nicely, it will still shrink if washed in a washing machine. It is burlap, after all, and should never be thrown in a washing machine. It is best to spot clean burlap and hang it over a clothesline to dry, then roll it up for storage. I would not recommend using clothespins, as clothes pins will give it “dog ears” on each corner it is pinned. Just flip it over the clothes line.
 

Natural Burlap Tablecloth
Made in the USA Exclusively by LA Linen

Natural Burlap tablecloth Made in the USA Exclusively by LA Linen

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Natural Burlap Tablecloth

 

Linen and Burlap Table Runner
by Grasslands Road

Linen and Burlap Table Runner by Grasslands Road

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Linen and Burlap Table Runner

A linen table runner with burlap insert and cotton piping provides a neutral backdrop for many different styles of dinnerware and is perfect for a rustic Christmas tablescape. Use it on a bare table or on top of a tablecloth.

For some odd reason washing instructions on this runner state to wash on a gentle cycle. I have to reiterate that burlap should never be washed in a washing machine. It can only be spot cleaned with a damp cloth and hung or laid flat to dry.

Burlap Les Moulins Print Placemats
Set of 4 by Now Designs

Burlap Les Moulins Print Placemats Set of 4 by Now Designs

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Burlap Les Moulins Print Placemats Set of 4

I love this set of French inspired print burlap placemats. Rustic French country is very trendy right now and these would be perfect on a rustic farmhouse table with our rustic tablescape.

I would pair them with a burlap table runner like the ones I featured above. Please remember that burlap can not be washed. They can be spot cleaned with a damp sponge and laid flat or hung to dry.

Apple Green Round Braided Set of 6 Placemats
by DII

Apple Green Round Braided Set of 6 Placemats by DII

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Apple Green Round Braided Set of 6 Placemats

I picked this color to coordinate with the green glassware used by Jennifer in her rustic table setting, plus the apple green hue is perfect for a rustic tablescape using a lot of fresh greenery.

 These placemats are an apple green weave from synthetic fibers making them easy to clean by just wiping off with a damp paper towel or sponge.  They are lightweight and look and feel like textile fabric.  I like that they are large enough for a charger plate to sit on and still see the edge.

Lime Green Hemstitch 12-piece Dinner Napkin Set
by Something Different Linen

Lime Green Hemstitch 12-piece Dinner Napkin Set by Something Different Linen

 

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Lime Green Hemstitch 12-piece Dinner Napkin Set

This lime green napkins set will coordinate nicely with the apple green placemats featured above especially when used with white stoneware or china against the dark green of the natural foliage tablescape. These napkins are a great buy for a dozen napkins. They look like linen, but are actually cotton. Since cotton does shrink, I recommend washing in cold water and on a delicate cycle. Just like linen napkins, cotton does need ironing.
 

Country Style Dinnerware

For this rustic table setting, I chose ivory stoneware as a fabulous, yet very affordable way to set the Christmas table and it looks so beautiful with green.
 

Ivory Stoneware Dinnerware and Servingware
from the Sorrento Collection
by Signature Housewares

Ivory Stoneware Dinnerware and Servingware from the Sorrento Collection by Signature Housewares

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Ivory Stoneware Dinnerware and Servingware from the Sorrento Collection

Layer the white stoneware dinner plate with contrasting green glass salad plates.

Green Glass Salad/Dessert Plate
by IVV Glassware

Green Glass Salad/Dessert Plate by IVV Glassware

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Green Glass Salad/Dessert Plate Set of 6

For the last layer, add a soup bowl from the ivory stoneware set. If not preparing any soup as the first dinner course, replace the soup bowl with an appetizer plate. If not serving soup or an appetizer, set a place setting card holder or a gift favor on the salad plate for your dinner guest.

Portofino Green 6-Piece Water Goblet Glass Set
by IMPULSE!

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Portofino Green Water Goblet 6-Piece Glass Collection

This is a unique set of hand blown water goblets in the perfect color to coordinate with out table setting. The green design is part of the color in the glass blowing technique and has not been painted on. They are beautiful sturdy glasses which can be used for both casual and formal affairs.

Green Vina 4-Piece Red Wine Glass Set
by Libbey

Green Vina 4-Piece Red Wine Glass Set by Libbey

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Green Vina 4-Piece Red Wine Glass Set

Serving red wine and not white?  This inexpensive set of green, red wine glasses will fit right in with the green water glasses. Red glasses could be substituted as well as clear glass. With today’s eclectic trends of mixing and matching table setting layers, a mixture of red, green and clear stemware would be festive and totally in fashion. It would be perfectly fine to set a table with a green water glass, a clear white wine glass and a red goblet for the red wine.

Cabin Themed 6-Piece Eating Utensil Set
Service of Two
by Teton Grill Company

Cabin Themed 6-Piece Eating Utensil Set by Teton Grill Company

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Cabin Themed 6-Piece Eating Utensil Set

Nothing fancy here. Just an awesome set of rustic cabin themed flatware for a service of two. Each place setting includes a spoon, fork and knife. The set is a heavyweight, stainless steel set with a classic milled-steel look and an oak leaf design on the cabin style handle.

Woodsy Rustic Table Setting

Rustic Greenery Christmas Tablescape and Place Setting

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On my last post at Rustic Christmas Tablescape Idea,  I talked about expanding Jennifer’s original tablescape idea for a larger table. This photo is a really good example of what I was suggesting on yesterday’s post. Don’t be afraid to combine rustic and refined, old and new, and then stagger them down the table. Remember to add lots of candles. The more the merrier.

Looking at yesterday’s post idea, and at the image featured above, we are setting a more natural, down to earth, rustic looking Christmas tablescape, but using a lot more natural greenery. I found some fabulous stoneware Christmas pottery (featured below) perfect for the more rustic look of this table setting.

Table Top Candle Lantern Décor

Recreate the gorgeous rustic tablescape idea featured above using black mission style tabletop candle lanterns placed amidst the greenery along with birch wood candles.

Prairie Candle Lantern
by Real Flame

Black Powder Coat Prairie Candle Lantern with Textured Glass Panes by Real Flame

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Prairie Candle Lantern

I would place two of these black lanterns, one at each end of the tablescape, as the anchor pieces amidst the fresh evergreens and surrounded by the birch candles I featured on yesterdays post. The prairie lantern has a black powder-coated steel construction with specially textured glass panes. The candles are not included.

Black Painted Metal Set of 4 Tealight Lanterns
with Glass Side Windows

Package of 4 Black Painted Metal Tealight Lanterns with Glass Side Windows

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Black Painted Metal Set of 4 Tealight Lanterns with Glass Side Windows

This black lantern is smaller (about half the size) of the lantern featured above but, you will get a set of 4 so two could be placed, space evenly, amidst the fresh greenery, down each side of the tablescapes centerpiece.

Birch Bark Candle Holders

Birch Bark Candle Holders Rustic Home Decor by MHD Craft

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Birch Bark Candle Holders

Birch wood bark candle holders are the rustic element that really helps to tie the rustic look together. I am a firm believer in having lots of candle light mingled in with the elements creating the tablescape. These birch bark candles are designed to hold tea light candles. Each candle is made from a natural birch bark log so sizes and shapes will vary, but they are drilled to set the tea lights right into the logs.

Woven Natural Rattan Placemats

Hand woven rattan placemats are the ideal choice to place under the rustic Christmas stoneware dinnerware we are featuring below to set this rustic table.
 

Brown Round Nito Set of 2 Placemats
by Kouboo

Brown Round Nito Set of 2 Placemats by Kouboo

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Brown Round Nito Set of 2 Placemats

A gorgeous hand woven place mat set of 2 that I think will be stunning on a bare wood dining table. The placemats have a tight weave of alternating color fibers from the Nito vines which will add a rustic yet elegant touch to our rustic Christmas theme, but they can be also used anytime of the year.  They will be beautiful as the first layer in our rustic table setting under the dinnerware layers because they not only look fabulous they have ample room for the charger and will accent our dinner ware perfectly.  They great thing is they are easy to clean as they can be submerged in water.

Honey Brown Oval Rattan Set of 2 Placemats
by Kouboo

Honey Brown Oval Rattan Set of 2 Placemats by Kouboo

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Honey Brown Oval Rattan Set of 2 Placemats

If you prefer an oval placemat instead of a round one, this beautiful hand woven rattan set of placemats will certainly please you. It is hand woven with a tight, intricate weave in the Philippine Islands.

Oval Scallop Rattan Set of 4 Placemats
by Keller Charles

Oval Scallop Rattan Set of 4 Placemats by Keller Charles from Decorative Things, NYC

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Oval Scallop Rattan Set of 4 Placemats

This set of rattan placemats are gorgeous with a scallop edged design woven with honey and dark brown rattan. The colors will compliment a wood dining room table. They are a higher end set that will last for years. The scalloped edges of these oval placemats will add sophistication and style to a rustic table setting.

Green and White Dinnerware

Dark green charger plates are a fabulous find to place upon the brown woven rattan placemats. They are the perfect background to the Natale stoneware dinnerware set.

Emerald Green Flora Glass 4-Piece Charger Plates
by Koyal Wholesale

Emerald Green Flora Glass 4-Piece Charger Plates by Koyal Wholesale

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Emerald Green Flora Glass 4-Piece Charger Plates

A gorgeous, uniquely designed, ruffled floral shaped set of emerald green charger plates. These chargers will look stunning as the first layer of our rustic dinnerware under rustic Christmas Natale set by Arte Italica featured below. The two paired together will be fabulous!  This beautiful charger will also look stunning under a platinum rimmed ivory fine china set like the collections we featured here.

Natale 5 Piece Place Setting
by Arte Italica

Natale 5 Piece Place Setting by Arte Italica

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Natale 5 Piece Place Setting

Arte Italica is one of my favorite designer importers of Italian home decor design.  I adore this beautiful, new for this year, rustic set of hand made Italian Christmas tree ceramic pottery dinnerware.  The center of the plate is designed with 3 Christmas trees which remind me of a beautiful impressionist water color painting.  The snowy evergreen trees are surrounded by a band of rustic design pine boughs and cranberries, rimmed with an earthy tree bark brown. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind piece due to the hand painted designs.

A 5-piece earthy, rustic Christmas tree designed dinnerware set includes 1 dinner plate, 1 salad/dessert plate, 1 pasta/soup bowl, 1 mug and 1 red scavo charger. This set will look fabulous pair with the emerald green charger featured above.

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Arte Italica Natale Collection

Ivory Firenze Ceramic
Dinnerware & Serveware
by Certified International

Ivory Firenze Ceramic Dinnerware & Servingware by Certified International

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Ivory Firenze Ceramic Dinnerware & Servingware

I love this rustic ceramic line of dinnerware and servingware. It can be used for casual or special occasion dinners. It will look fabulous layered with the Natale dinnerware. I would use the large round platter (shown) as the first layer charger plate, then alternate pieces with the Natale dinnerware. It will make a stunning rustic Christmas presentation.

Lenox French Perle Pistachio
Dinnerware & Serveware

Lenox French Perle Pistachio 4-Piece Place Setting

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Lenox French Perle Pistachio Dinnerware & Servingware

Saving the best for last, this is my favorite line of stoneware to layer for our rustic table setting. It is made by Lenox, who as I’m sure you know, are renowned for their high quality porcelain fine china.

This beautiful set of stoneware can be layered with the Natale Christmas Tree Dinnerware or with the Ivory Firenze Ceramic Dinnerware Collection.

I would use the Emerald Green Flora Glass Charger as the first layer, then layer this set with the Ivory Firenze Ceramic Dinnerware. The subdued, pale pistachio green will look fabulous with the contrast of the dark emerald green.

 Lenox French Perle is Also Available in White

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Lenox White French Perle Collection

 

Green and White Cloth Dinner Napkins

 

Fern Pattern Botanical Block Print Linen Napkins
Set of 2 by Modern Artisans

Fern Pattern Botanical Block Print Linen Napkins Set of 2 by Modern Artisans

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Fern Pattern Botanical Block Print Linen Napkins

Oatmeal high quality linen and cotton blend napkin pair. Made from hand carved blocks and hand printed for a beautiful  rustic botanical appeal. This pair of napkins will look fabulous with natural tablescape elements. Fold them as shown to set along side of the table setting or fold in a fan with a rustic napkin holder.

Natural Cotton Vintage Design Kitchen Dish Towel
Set of 6 by Auntie Em’s Kitchen

Natural Cotton White with Green Stripe Vintage Design Kitchen Dish Towel Set of 6 by Aunti Em's Kitchen

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Natural Cotton Vintage Design Kitchen Dish Towel – Set of 6

A set of vintage style 100% cotton kitchen towels are the best ever for drying dishes, but they can also be used for rustic placemats or napkins! They have come back in style because of the retro look and many DIYers are sewing them into rustic table runners, napkins and placemats. They are very inexpensive and are larger than most cloth dinner napkins so that they will cover and protect a lap nicely. The green stripes will coordinate perfectly with the colors in our rustic Christmas table setting and tablescape.

DIY Napkin Rings

It Is Really Easy To Make Decorative Napkin Rings At Home

Photo by BHG.com

Photo by BHG.com


I found this idea on Better Homes and Garden’s website that demonstrates a super simple way of doing this. So easy! Just cut the burlap into strips about 2 inches wide with the length frayed to look like fringe.  Measure strips around the folded napkin.

Cut and glue overlapping short ends. Be sure to leave it loose enough for your guest to remove the napkin from the ring.  I would use brown or dark green buttons.

Feed a strand of burlap through the button holes and tie. Glue the button on top. I would then tuck a sprig of pine bough, rosemary or holly into the burlap napkin ring.

Tracy Porter’s Quick Inspired Napkin Ring Ideas

 

Green Glass Stemware

A variety of gorgeous green glass beverage glasses to accent the white and green dinnerware.
 

Peacock 4-Piece White Wine Glass Set
by Artland

Peacock 4-Piece Wine Glass Set by Artland

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Peacock 4-Piece White Wine Glass Set

This is a set of unique white wine stemware in a dark blue and green peacock feather design. They are fabulous accent wine glasses to dark green chargers and white dinner plates.

Green Wine Glass 4-Piece Set
by Artland Iris

Green Wine Glass Set of 4 by Artland Iris

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Green Wine Glass 4-Piece Set

A uniquely designed hand crafted wine glass set with air bubbles hand blown into the design. These dark green wine glasses will coordinate perfectly with the fresh greenery used in our rustic tablescape.  They are much prettier in person than the photo is able to portray, and so much more affordable than crystal, but they look fabulous in a rustic dinner setting.

I would use these glasses for white wine or water drinking glasses.  They are also available in a real pretty light green and sage green, plus 8 more vibrant colors. They are currently on sale and the shipping is free for Amazon Prime Members.  I know you will love them too.

Green Medallion 4-Piece Goblet Set by Fifth Avenue

Green Medallion 4-Piece Goblet Set by Fifth Avenue

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Green Medallion 4-Piece Goblet Set

Ombre green stemware with the color ascending from dark to light. Ombre is very trendy right now, but these glasses will look fabulous for years. Each glass is accented with a different darker green color detailing.

Antique Copper Twig 5-Piece Flatware Set
by Black Forest Decor

Antique Copper Twig 5-Piece Flatware Set by Black Forest Decor

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Antique Copper Twig 5-Piece Flatware Set

I didn’t want to use bamboo flatware with our rustic table setting like they did in the photo. It is okay to use, but I just think bamboo looks better with an Asian theme. However, I do really like this set of copper twig designed flatware. They are an epic set of flatware.

The set is made of stainless steel for lasting durability and finished with a copper coating. Flatware designed in wood, deer antlers or designed to look like bark would be awesome and appropriate designs for a rustic table setting.

My Next Post Will Look at Another Rustic Tablescape Idea
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