Creating Rustic Tablescapes for our Christmas dinner parties have become quite trendy over the last few years and are continuing the trend this year. Burlap, muslin, rope and twine can be seen mixed with tartan plaids, lace, crystal and mercury glass into an eclectic primitive to elegant style.
When creating a rustic tablescape we want to bring the outside in with natural greenery using elements from nature that are growing wild outside our door.
Beautiful centerpieces can be created using the natural foliage growing right in our neighborhoods. Go outside and pick up anything that looks interesting. Think pine boughs and pine cones, acorns, dried tree branches, herbs, lotus and pussy willow. These elements will add texture and interest to our tablescapes.
When my kids were little, I would take them on nature walks throughout the year and collect natural treasures. Living in Hawaii, we had the luxury of both the ocean and the mountains.
We went to the beach and collected seashells, driftwood, sea stars, coral, and fishing floats that washed up onto the beach. During the Christmas holiday season, we went to the mountains to cut our Christmas tree and collected pine cones to make decorations.
All of these natural elements can be used to create something beautiful while adding rustic charm to your Christmas tablescape and decor!
Are you living in the suburbs with a well-manicured lawn? Then get your seasonal foliage from the local nurseries who will carry seasonal favorites such as poinsettias, holly, mistletoe, and red berries. Craft stores will carry pine cones and dried florals and the Christmas tree lots will sell you pine boughs.
Antique, or at least antique-style, pieces such as the lanterns in the above photo are fabulous pieces to use as focal points in our rustic tablescapes. Notice the burlap table runner used in this rustic tablescape along with the pine boughs and dried tree branches. Simple, primitive, yet elegant.
Look through your cupboards for textile collections, enamelware collections, crystal, china, depression glass collections. Anything old that you collect, and love because it calls to your soul, can be incorporated into your rustic tablescape design. Think about our pioneer ancestors and how they made Christmas decorations from practically nothing. They used what they had on hand to decorate their homes for Christmas and made it magical.
Keep in mind there are only 3 things to remember when looking for special pieces to add to your rustic Christmas tablescape.
Stay Calm, Have Fun and Keep It Frosty!