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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Rustic Woodland Tablescape

A Rustic Woodland Tablescape for Christmas

When I first saw this rustic woodland tablescape idea I thought it was an ideal solution for a Christmas tablescape or a winter party. I found it on Martha Stewart’s website and the page has a tutorial for making the glittered tree stumps which are the focal points of this rustic woodland tablescape.

If cutting the birch tree stumps yourself, or having a lumber yard cut them for you, be sure to cut them in different lengths for added height interest on the table. If it is impossible to find the birch tree stumps locally, you may have to go with faux wood cake stands instead.

Martha used the most adorable woodland table top animal creature figurines to place upon the glittered stumps as tablescape adornments. I found a fabulous variety on Amazon for you to choose from to recreate this winter rustic woodland tablescape for Christmas.

For a Christmas dinner party, I would switch out the potted ferns for pots of seasonal evergreens, holly, and red Christmas berries or poinsettias.

Another idea would be to go for an all winter white Christmas using all white winter animals. Use all white table decor for a tone-on-tone wintry feeling tablescape.

Or you can really make the white landscape pop by using red poinsettias as the potted plants, red dinnerware, and red color wine glasses. How fun and festive that would be!

Many of the Different Buri Bristle Polar Bears and Critters Have Already
Sold Out and Have Been Replaced.

If you see a critter you want, don’t wait! It may be gone when you come back the next time. These buri brush critters have been extremely popular the last 3 seasons.

 

Brush Frosted Standing Polar Bear
by Brushart

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A large standing polar bear will take center stage! Place him in the center of a tall wood disc and place several smaller bears below him on smaller discs, surrounding him.
 

Frosted Brush Sitting Polar Bear Ornament by Brushart

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Place this smaller sitting polar bear near the standing bear and mix in the baby pair of bears featured below.
 

Buri Bristle Frosted Bear Ornaments
Set of 2 by Gallery II

Christmas Tablescape Decor - Buri Bristle Frosted Bear Ornaments - Set of 2 by Gallery IIBuri Bristle Frosted Bear Ornaments – Set of 2Click Here for Details

 
This little pair of buri bristle bears will look so cute sitting on the table of this rustic woodland tablescape next to the larger polar bear! Pappa bear and the baby bears.
 

Bottle Brush Polar Bear Christmas Ornaments
Grasslands Roads

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Adorable little polar bear Christmas ornaments from Grasslands Roads will stand perfectly upon the rustic stands featured in this tablescape. They are so cute, I would get several for the table and more to hang on the tree!
 

Polar Bear Bottle Brush Ornaments
Set of 2
by My Swanky Home

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Oh yea! We definitely want a couple of these bad boy polar bears walking across our dining room table as if cruising the Alaskan tundra. This medium size bear can stand alone on his own pedastal or be placed on the table.
 

Small White Sisal Sitting Christmas Polar Bear

Christmas Tablescape Decor - Small white sisal sitting Christmas polar bear by Trade Routes NWSmall White Sisal Sitting Christmas Polar BearClick Here for Details

If you should decide to go with a complete winter white rustic woodland tablescape, this white sisal polar bear piece will be a fabulous choice to perch on one of the faux log stands.
 

Martha Stewart’s
Bristle Brush Arctic Buri Animal Ornaments

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Creamy White Buri Assorted Winter Animal Ornaments
Set of 5 by Kurt Adler

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An adorable set of creamy winter white Buri Brush Winter Woodland Animal Ornaments by Kurt Adler. The set of 5 includes a rabbit, polar bear, fox, reindeer and penguin.
 

Sitting Fox Brush Art Animal
by Brushart

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Perch this sly red fox on a tree stump disc amidst all the other woodland creatures in this Woodland Christmas Tablescape. Below are 3 more buri brush fox ornaments.
 

Buri Fox Critter Ornaments

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Christmas Tablescape Decor - Large Buri Brush Fox by BrushartLarge Buri Brush Fox
by Brushart
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Christmas Tablescape Decor - Buri Fox Hanging Ornament by Gallery IIBuri Fox Hanging Ornament
by Gallery II
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Completely handmade from buri sugar palm; all of these little foxes are made from the most abundant, self-regenerating natural materials available. The leaves, leaf fibers, seeds, and seed pods are all used to create the buri brush woodland animal by Bushart and Gallery II.
 

Brown Hedgehog Ornaments
Set of 2 by Kurt Adler

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This pair of buri hedgehog Christmas ornaments are so cute and will be a welcome addition to the woodland Christmas tablescape you are creating.

I would nestle them into spots on the table between pots of greenery and the wood disc the larger critters are perch upon. Pair one with a larger animal on a single stand.
 

Natural Hedgehog Hanging Christmas Ornaments

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Adorable natural buri brush hedgehog hanging Christmas ornaments featured above are so cute you may want to use several in your tablescape. Each one is different with its own personality showing through in its little face.
 

Natural Hedgehog Ornament Pair
Set of 2 by Kurt Adler

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A pair hedgehog ornaments, made of all natural elements, will look so cute sitting on a wood circle or mixed into the evergreens used in a rustic woodland tablescape.
 

Brown Buri Brush Sitting Beaver Figurine
by Brushart

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This brown buri brush beaver is larger than the woodland Christmas ornaments and deserves his own perch. He could also be paired with one of the smaller buri brush critter ornaments. Perhap a smaller beaver placed next to him.
 

Tabletop Squirrel Christmas Tabletop Decor

 Winter Light Brown Fluffy Tail Sisal Squirrel Christmas Tabletop DecorationClick Here for Details Shimmering Silver Gray Fluffy Tail Sisal Squirrel Christmas Tabletop DecorationClick Here for Details

 
Large 7″ and 9″ Christmas squirrels tabletop decor are perfect to perch on top of the large tabletop log stands. Their size will make a dominating presense. I only recommend using them when entertaining a crowd and using several dining tables lined together like Miss Martha has done in her photo.
 

Brush Squirrel Ornaments

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Buri Brush Gray Squirrel with Nut by BrushartBuri Brush Gray Squirrel with Nut by BrushartClick Here for Details

 

Buri Brush Art Gopher Figurine
by Brushart

Christmas Tablescape Decor - Buri Brush Art Gopher Figurine by BrushartBuri Brush Art Gopher FigurineClick Here for Details

I think this gopher is so cute and will be an adorable addition to your woodland tablescape for Christmas! He sold out twice he is so popular.
 

And We Musn’t Forget
the Moose and the Raindeer!

I have found a really cute assortment of rustic buri brush moose and reindeer ornaments which can be used in your rustic woodland tablescape.
 

Moose Bottle Brush Ornaments
Set of 2 by My Swanky Home

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Is he cute or what? This adorable dark brown moose ornament has a face like Alf with big feathery moose ears. He will fit right in with the other woodland critters.
 

Frosted Moose Ornament
by Gallery II

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Buri Brush Reindeer Ornament
by Brushart

Christmas Tablescape Decor - Buri Brush Reindeer Ornament by BrushartBuri Brush Reindeer OrnamentClick Here for Details

 

Gallery II Buri Brush Reindeer Ornaments

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Assorted Buri Woodland Animal Hanging Ornament Sets
by Kurt Adler

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Both sets include adobable buri woodland animals. The set of 4 includes a skunk, owl, squirrel and porcupine. The set of 5 includes a fox, skunk, raccoon, squirrel and porcupine.
 

Glittered Buri Brush Winter White Assorted Animal Ornaments
Set of 3 by Kurt Adler

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An adorable set of 3 Kurt Adler glittered buri brush White Winter Woodland Animal Ornaments includes an owl, a rabbit, and a bear.
 

Rustic Woodland Tree Slice Wood Slab
Display Stands

If you can’t find real logs to cut into discs, I have selected rustic natural tree sliced discs and rustic tree slab cake stands as good substitution. Each one of these rustic log display pieces comes in varied diameters and heights so that you can create visual interest on your rustic woodland tablescape.

I would then add faux snow and faux ice to the tops of the cake stands and to the surrounding area on the table to give the illusion of a cold white wintry day in the woods.
 

Brown Large Slab Acacia Wood with Bark Rim Lazy Susan

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This log round is an excellent piece to use for a rustic woodland tablescape. The only problem is that it only comes in one thickness. I would use rustic cake stands in varying heights along with a few of these discs for added interest on the table. It will look better if the cake stands are staggered with different heights, rather than having just one height.

When cutting your own wood slabs from a tree, cut them in different thicknesses. When buying them in disc form it is difficult finding them thicker than 3-inches. I would stack the wood discs, one upon another, to vary the heights. You can also place them on cake stands you already have in your cupboards, as long as your discs are wide enough to cover the top of the cake stand.
 

Handmade Log Slab Natural Rustic Wood Tree Sliced
Disc Display Stands

 Handmade 14-16-inch Sliced Wood Slab Log Disc Display Stand
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 Handmade 12-inch Black Walnut Tree Slices Wood Slab Discs
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 Natural 12-16-inch Reclaimed Wood Tree Slice Slab Round Display Disc
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 Handmade 11-12-inch Rustic Beech Tree Wood Slab Disc Display Stands
Set of 2
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 Natural 7 to 9-inch Rustic Round Birch Slab Wood Slice Display Stands
Set of 4
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 Natural 5-7-inch Rustic Round Blank Tree Bark Sliced Log Wood Disc Slabs
Set of 2
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 Natural 6-7-inch Reclaimed Drift Wood Natural Coloring Slab Disc Pieces
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 Natural 5-6-inch Kiln Dried Birch Wood Slab Display Log Disc
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 Natural 3-5-inch Mini Rustic Birch Tree Bark Wood Disc Slices
Set of 4
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Rustic Tree Log Cake Display Stand
by Hortense B. Hewitt

Christmas Tablescape Decor - Rustic tree log cake display stand by Hortense B. HewittRustic Tree Log Cake Display StandClick Here for Details

 
A lot of people have been using these rustic cake stands for country style weddings, but they will be perfectly suitable to use in our rustic Christmas tablescape to gives us different heights to hold our woodland critters, plant and floral displays, and candles.
 

Handmade All Natural Seasoned Wood
Rustic Woodland Tree Slab Sliced Wood Display Stands

 Handmade Maple Wood Sliced Woodland Tree Slab Table Display StandClick Here for Details Handmade Rustic Woodland Centerpiece Tree Slice Display StandClick Here for Details Handmade American Beech and Poplar Wood Tree Slice Display StandClick Here for Details Handmade 13-inch Rustic Poplar Wood Tree Slab Slice 3-Legged Display StandClick Here for Details Sur La Table 14.5-inch Thailand Wood Slab Slice Display StandClick Here for Details Handmade Rustic Poplar Tree Wood Slice 4-Legged Display StandClick Here for Details

 
Most of the handmade display stands featured above were made from a homegrown business named Nazareth Wood Creation. I feaured only a few of their wonderful wood creations. Click their link if you are interested in seeing more of their wonderful wood slice creations This family owned business operates out of Pennsylvania. You may contact them for custom orders.
 

Handmade Cupcake Size Display Stands
Set of 12
by Country Chapel Weddings

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Your little buri brush woodland animal ornaments can be displayed individually throughout the tablescape sitting upon these little rustic cupcake size display stands. These mini stands are so cute because they look like a set of little mushrooms. They are the perfect way to display your special little critters!

Martha Steward placed dozens of tealight candle holders, made of wood tree branches, all about the tablescape. She also made sure there is one placed at each table place setting. Like Miss Martha, I believe the more candles you place on the table the better! Check out the slection of tree branch tealight candle holders I have selected to feature here.
 

Assorted Handmade Juniper Wood
Candle Holders Sets
by Country Chapel Weddings

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by Country Chapel Weddings
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Christmas Tablescape Decor - Handmade Juniper Wood Candle Holders - Set of 12 
by Country Chapel WeddingsJuniper Wood Candle Holders – Set of 12
by Country Chapel Weddings
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Christmas Tablescape Decor - Handmade Juniper Wood Candle Holders - Set of 18 Assorted Heights by Country Chapel WeddingsJuniper Wood Candle Holders – Set of 18 Assorted Heights
by Country Chapel Weddings
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Rustic Birch Wood Branch Candle Holder Sets
with Varied Heights

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These beautiful, realistic looking, birch wood candle holders are American made. The birch wood is harvested from pristine white birch trees cut in Northern Michigan.

They have been dried in a kiln and sanded on each end to preserve the integrity of the bark and to ensure no moisture, mold, or bugs remain in the bark!

Mix and match these white birch bark candle holders with the juniper wood candle holders to give the table a more natural rustic look, after all, there are never tree branches in nature exactly alike.

Remember to fill in the gaps of the tablescape with additional pillar candles, votive candle holders, and tealight candle holders. There can never be too many candles on a table. They add welcoming warm and magic sparkle to a Christmas tablescape.
 

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I would get several wooden pillar candle holders for my tablescape. I would use one tall pillar candle at each end of the tablescape as the anchor pieces and several more (depending on the size of the table length) to mix in with the rest of the table decor down the length of the table.
 

 Distressed White Wash Wood Pillar Candleholders Set of 3Click Here for Details Handmade Sandalwood Long Burning Pillar Candle Set of 3Click Here for Details Brown Wood Pillar Candle Holder Set of 3Click Here for Details

 
These wooden pillar candle holders have the perfect rustic appeal to mix in with the birch candle holders in this rustic woodland tablescape. Old world craftsmanship and style is always trending and the unstained finish of this wood pillar candle holder allows the natural beauty of the wood coordinate perfectly.

I would then mix them in with the birch bark candles among the pots of seasonal greenery. They will add to the rustic look while adding some extra magical Christmas sparkle to the setting.
 

Basswood Plank Place Boards

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Miss Martha Stewart used natural wood pieces with bark edges as place setting boards on her tablescape. I found these two wood slab boards with natural bark edges still in tact. They look awesome as a Miss Martha substitution. Wood boards should be oiled on a regular basis to help condition and preserve the natural beauty of the wood.
 

Natural Wood Plank Place Card Holders

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Add to the rustic charm of the table setting for this rustic woodland Christmas tablescape by using the all natural wood place setting pieces featured above and the rustic wood coasters featured below. They can be used again and again for a rustic country wedding tablescape, a patriotic 4th of July picnic celebration, a full blown hoe down country square dance barn party, or for any casual country style family get-to-gether.
 

Rustic Handmade Black Walnut Tree Sliced Coasters
Set of 4 with Log Holder
by Nazareth Wood Creation

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Rustic Natural Bark Wood Branch Vase

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Miss Martha used antique Green Feather-Edge Pearlware Dinner Plates as her table setting, but they are a discontinued pattern. You might be able to find them in antique shops or on eBay, but it will be difficult to find a complete set. Instead, I found several different dinnerware sets for you to choose from that you just might like a whole lot better.
 

Ellis 16-Piece Dinnerware Set
by 222 Fifth

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I found this square red ruffle tulip and cherry blossom floral dinnerware set by 222 Fifth that I like so much better for this rustic woodland tablescape. 222 Fifth is a fabulous shop in New York City. The company is one of the best in developing original unique and gorgeous silk screens for printing ceramic transferware. They make so many uniquely gorgeous design I always have a difficult time choosing just one design to feature.

I really like the colors and design of the red ruffle tulip floral print dinnerware. The floral print of this set is bright and cheerful. It is sure to pick up your spirits for what may be an otherwise cold and dreary winter day.

I think it will look fabulous on the wood place setting boards and bring a little color to the table which will coordinate well with the seasonal greenery used in the pots of the tablescape.

Whether a rustic all natural look or a winter white rustic woodland tablescape, this Ellis set will look beautiful with either and the dinnerware set for a service of 4 is very reasonable. Click here to see more pieces for this Ellis pattern.
 

 Yuletide Celebration 16-Piece Dinnerware Set Service for 4
by 222 Fifth
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 Handmade Natale Rustic Italian Cream Christmas Tree Dinnerware
by Arte Italica
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 Pinecone 16-Pc Dinnerware Set
Service for 4
by Wild Wings
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 Sunrise Forest Lodge 16-Pc Dinnerware Set
Service for 4
by Black Forest Decor
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 Avanti 16-Pc Dinnerware Sets – Brown and Black (2 Sets) Service for 4 (Each)
by Sango
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 Misty Forest Cabin 16-Pc Dinnerware Set
Service of 4
by Black Forest Decor
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 Rustic Bear Lodge 16-Piece Dinnerware Set Service for 4
by HiEnd Accents
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 Pinecone Lodge 16-Pc Dinnerware Set
Service for 4
by HiEnd Accents
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 Roaming Elk Stoneware 16 Pc. Dinnerware Set
Service for 4
by Better Home & Gardens
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Berries and Brambles 4-Piece Place Setting
Service for 1 by Noritake

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The pattern of this fine china dinnerware set is perfect for this rustic woodland setting. The earth tones blend in well with our tablescape and the colors of the winter berries and mixed with the summer berries bring life to the table with the promise of spring. Use this set on a winter woodland tablescape to perk up your spirits on a cold snowy day. Use them again to set an Easter table and celebrate the coming of spring.

Add serving pieces to this gorgeous place setting by clicking this link: Berries and Brambles Serveware
 
Antique ivory handled silverware was used by Miss Martha for her rustic woodland table setting. I found some fabulous substitutes included a set of antique mother-of-pearl handle flatware. Unfortunately the set is only pairs of knives and forks. However, I did find a variety of well made flatware sets which will make lovely accompaniments to the woodland dishware you have chosen to use.
 

Rustic Woodland Flatware Sets

 Lolo Brown Brushed 5-Pc Place Setting
Service for 1
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 Woodgrain Stainless-Steel Bistro 20-Pc
Flatware Set
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 French Conty Wood 5-Pc. Stainless Place Setting
Service for 1
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 Laguiole Jean Dubost 24-Pc Ivory Flatware Set
Service for 6
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 Antique Silver & Mother-of-Pearl Knives & Forks 24-Pc, C. 1875 by Corbell Silver Company Inc.Click Here for Details Hampton Forge San Remo 20-Pc Cream
Flatware Set
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 Twig Rough Powder Coat Finish Stainless Steel Ball 5-Pc Flatware Serving SetClick Here for Details Rustic Polished End Faux Antler Handle 5-Pc. Flatware SetClick Here for Details Le Prix 20-Pc Hunter Green Flatware SetClick Here for Details

 
I do rather like the rustic woodsy appeal of the faux deer antler flatware set as a pairing with a rustic themed place setting, although, the Laguiole Jean Dubost ivory set from France is quite lovely and very similar to Miss Marthas setting.
 

Hand Crafted and Hand Stitched 100% Natural
Linen Hemstitched Napkins
Set of 12

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This set of large natural 100% linen napkins are hand crafted, hand woven, and hand stiched with a hemstich border. The weaving is accomplished using centuries old weaving techniques by skilled artisans. Linen napkins provide a classic, yet rustic casual look and feel that can also be used for formal dining.
 

White Plant Pots

Miss Martha used white clay pots to hold the small fern plants used as the greenery for this rustic woodland tablescape. I would use three or four different sized pots to hold the seasonal greenery or perhaps some white poinsettia flowers for our Christmas table.

I would not bother to repot the plants. I would just leave the plant in the green plastic pot it comes in, and plop it right into the white pot for decorative purpose. Remember to put a white plate under the plant so the water from the plant doesn’t drip onto the table.

A good idea is to take one of your pots with you when you go to buy your plants to be sure the plant will fit your pot. Nothing can be more frustrating to get home with a dozen well choosen plants only to discover the plants are too big for the pots.
 

Rustic White Ceramic French Parisian Postcard
Tabletop Planter Pots
Set of 3

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Three charming mini ceramic plant pots with identical French style postcard design accents. An excellent choice as decorative pieces to show off your plants on your tablescape. All of the pots have water-draining holes at the bases.
 

Small White French Parisian Cache Planter Pots

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A less expensive alternative might be to buy terra cotta pots or galvanized pails at a hardware store in several different sizes and paint them a creamy white. Leave them white or transfer a French label to the pot.
 

Vintage Rose Antique-Style Distressed Floral Planters
Set of 3

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I get my free French label printables to use as transfers at The Graphic Fairy. It all depends on how expensive paint and pails are in your area as to whether or not you will save money by making your own pots.
 

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I like to pick up terra cotta pots and galvanized pails during the summer at garage sales and paint them the color I want.
 

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These pails will look awesome filled with fresh little plantings of greenery or flowers to set on the dining room table. Their antique distressed design will be wonderful with this rustic woodland Christmas tablescape.

 

And there it is.
Everything you need to create a
Rustic Christmas Woodland Tablescape.

 

    Rustic Christmas Tablescapes

    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!

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      Create a Rustic Plaid Christmas Tablescape

      A Rustic Plaid & Pinecone Christmas
      Tablescape Makes a Gorgeous
      Casually Elegant
      Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Setting

      I fell in love with this gorgeous rustic plaid Christmas tablescape the moment I saw it. Tanya from Take Six Blog in Nova Scotia, Canada, originally created this tablescape for a Christmas breakfast in her home. It is a casual holiday tablescape which she has added a touch of elegance to with her use of her red Majolica Christmas dishes, the silver flatware, and the crystal water glasses.

      This tablescape is lovely enough to use, not only for a Christmas breakfast but also for a casual Christmas time lunch or dinner setting. It is lovely having a formal tablescape for a Christmas dinner, but I like setting a table like this for family dinners every night of the week during the Christmas holiday season.

      I love using Christmas decorations in my home during the whole month of December while the mad rush of Christmas shopping and festivities are in full swing. By setting a casual tablescape like this, we can have a beautiful informal setting for every meal during the month of December! When Christmas Eve is on the horizon it is easy enough to switch the casual setting into an elegant, formal setting by making a few simple changes.

      I adore the old barn wood plank she used as a centerpiece which she placed on top of her plaid table runner. It has sentimental value for her family as it came from a barn on her father-in-law’s farm. I think it is a fabulous idea! Place one on a dark rustic dining table as a decorative table runner if you happen to have one hanging around.

      Check lumber yards for scrap wood and maybe, if you are real nice, you might get your husband to help you with that. If not, oh well. Sometimes we just have to do things ourselves.

      We may not have a barn wood plank for our table, but I have found a few very cool, rustic tray pieces to use as a substitute. Check out the linens, table setting pieces and the tablescape decor I have chosen for you to recreate this lovely Rustic Plaid Christmas Tablescape.

       

      Linen Check Table Runner

      Soft Linen Tan, Red and White Plaid Check Table Runner by Xia Home Fashions

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      Linen Check Table Runner

      This is almost an exact match to the table runner Lisa used for her tablescape. The lighter plaid design makes for an easy-to-coordinate tablescape foundation. Matching table napkins can be purchased separately below.

      Linen Check Plaid Napkin Set of 4

      Soft Linen & Cotton Tan, Red and White Plaid Check Napkin Set of 4 by Xia Home Fashions

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      Linen Check Plaid Napkin Set of 4

      I love these Christmas trays made by the designers for the Mud Pie brand. I would place three of them, end to end, down the center of the table on top of the plaid table runners. The Christmas holly handles will add to the Christmas decor. Use the center tray as the base for the centerpiece and the two end pieces as the foundations for extra greenery, candles, and Christmas decorations.

      Wood Cutting Board
      with Holly Dimensional Accents

      Wood Cutting Board with Silver Metal Holly Dimensional Accents by Mud Pie

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      Wood Cutting Board with Holly Dimensional Accents

      On the middle centerpiece board, start with pillar candles in a group of 3 of varying heights. Tanya used 3 white pillar candles, like the ones featured below, because white is what she had on hand. Don’t get me wrong, they do look fabulous, but personally, I would use ivory candles instead to coordinate with the ivory in the table runner and linens.

      White Pillar Candles – Set of 3

      White Pillar Candles Set of 3 by Light In the Dark

      This set is also available in Ivory

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      White Pillar Candles Set of 3

      LED lights have become very popular as they can be used over and over again. Only the batteries need replacing and they won’t set the house on fire if left unattended. Here is a reasonably priced, set of three ivory pillar candles, perfect for our Christmas holiday tablescape.

      Everlasting Glow LED Ivory Pillar Candles
      with Remote Control – Set of 3

      Everlasting Glow LED Ivory Pillar Candles with Remote Control - Set of 3 by The Gerson Company

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      Ivory Pillar Candles Set of 3

      Tie a red ribbon around each candle for a more festive Christmas feel. The red ties the centerpiece together with the overall look of the red plaid linen pieces of the tablescape. A better idea would be to glue a piece of 2″ wide burlap with red lace around the candles.

      Hessian Burlap Red Lace Ribbon

      10 yards 2 inch Wide Crafts Multifunction DIY Costume Sewing Polyester Hessian Burlap Red Lace Ribbon by FRE

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      Hessian Burlap Red Lace Ribbon

      Next spread snow tipped pinecones, red winter berry, and mistletoe, along with evergreen boughs, you have collected, around the candles and down the boards. This creates a beautiful, natural, rustic Christmas scene. Nestle in silver Christmas ornaments along with any silver, white and red Christmas ornament pieces you may have already collected over the years.

      Don’t have any woods nearby to collect your natural greenery? Then, by all means, go to a local nursery or use artificial garland.

      Red Berry and Green Holly Garland with Pinecones

      54-Inch Red Berry and Green Holly Garland with Pinecones 4942 by Nearly Natural

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      Red Berry and Green Holly Garland with Pinecones

      Add in pinecone picks and other elements you like such as red cardinals and silver floral pieces. Arrange extra pinecones on the table runner boards on each side of the centerpiece.

      There really isn’t any wrong or right. Add in anything you love and you will love your tablescape! I picked silver elements because she is using silver tableware, but gold floral pieces will work just as well and will add more warmth to this rustic setting.

      Handmade Antique Silver Mercury Glass
      Christmas Ornaments
      Sets of 6

      Handmade Antique Star Cut Silver Mercury Glass Hanging Ball Christmas Ornaments-Set of 6 | christmastablescapedecor.comHandmade Antique Silver Mercury Glass Star Cut Dome Ball Ornaments Set of 6Click Here for DetailsHandmade Antique Silver Cornetto Mercury Glass Acorn Hanging Christmas Ornaments-Set of 6 | christmastablescapedecor.comHandmade Antique Silver Mercury Glass Cornetto Acorn Hanging Ornaments Set of 6Click Here for Details

       
      Tanya placed an antique silver creamer at the end of the tablescape and filled it with candy canes to be used as stir sticks for hot chocolate. If setting this rustic Christmas tablescape for a Christmas breakfast, I would use an antique silver sugar and creamer set as the holders for the candy cane stir sticks. By placing one silver piece at each end of the table, it will not only add balance to the look of the table, but it will also make it more convenient for the guest sitting at each end of the table.

      Onslow by Tuttle Antique Sterling Silver
      Sugar Bowl & Creamer Set

      Onslow by Tuttle Sterling Silver Sugar Bowl & Creamer Set 2-Pc. #1834 (#0504) by Antique Cupboard

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      Onslow by Tuttle Sterling Silver Sugar Bowl & Creamer Set

      Now the candy canes are a brilliant idea for a breakfast setting, but if setting the table for a casual lunch or dinner, then I would use the silver containers to hold perhaps condiments or instead use antique sterling silver gravy boats to hold – guess what? Imagine that! Yes! It would be gravy!

      Francis I by Reed & Barton Sterling Silver
      Gravy Boat with Underplate Set (#0954)

      Francis I by Reed & Barton Ornate Sterling Silver Gravy Boat with Underplate Set (#0954) from Antique Cupboard

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      Francis I Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Gravy Boat with Underplate Set

      This antique sterling silver gravy boat set might seem too ornate and pretentious for our rustic scene. If you don’t already have your own silver pattern tucked away, a more rustic substitute would be to use pewter or aluminum instead.
       

      Pewter and Aluminum Gravy Boats

      Arte Italica Pewter Tavola 3-Piece Gravy Boat Set | christmastablescapedecor.comPewter Tavola 3-Piece Gravy Boat Set
      by Arte Italica
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      Mud Pie Silver Aluminum Metal Acorn Gravy Boat | christmastablescapedecor.comSilver Aluminum Metal Acorn Gravy Boat
      by Mud Pie
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      Keeping with the pinecone rustic theme, another idea for table displays to the right and left of the centerpiece decorations would be to add a rustic woodland pinecone Santa Claus at each end, surrounded by evergreen garland and pinecones.
       

      Pinecone, Berry and Beads Christmas Garland
      Santa Table Piece

       

      Kurt S. Adler 23-Inch Porcelain Santa  Table Piece with Pinecone, Berry and Beads Christmas Garland | christmastablescapedecor.com

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      Pinecone, Berry and Beads Christmas Garland Santa Table Piece

      Or, we could add some rustic Christmas trees too, like these adorable newspaper print Christmas trees with a distressed star embellishment.
       

      Rustic Unique Newspaper Print
      Table Top Christmas Trees
      Set of 2

      Rustic Unique Newspaper Print Table Top Christmas Tree Decorations | christmastablescapedecor.com

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      Rustic Unique Newspaper Print Table Top Christmas Trees

      Or perhaps this rustic pinecone birch tree bark inspired table top tree.

      Rustic Birch Bark Inspired Pinecone Table Top
      Christmas Tree

      19-inch Rustic Birch Bark Inspired Flocked Table Top Pinecone Christmas Tree with Pine and Berries by Vickerman

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      Rustic Birch Bark Inspired Flocked Table Top Christmas Pinecone Tree

       
      We mustn’t forget the addition of candles when recreating this tablescape for an evening meal. Candle light is the finishing touch that adds lighting, sparkle, and magic to a table while providing the much needed evening ambiance.
       

      Cranberry Tree Christmas Candles

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      I would add candles to anchor each end of the tablescape board while placing additional tea lights and votive candles strategically around the tablescape, but made to look like they have been placed sporadically, or at random. Be sure to place at least one to the top right of each place setting.
       

      Pinecone Votive Candle Holder
      by Esschert Design

      Esschert Design Brown Castiron Pinecone Votive Candle Holder | christmastablescapedecor.comPinecone Votive Candle Holder
      by Esschert Design
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      Keeping with the pinecone theme, pinecone candle holders are the ideal additions for this rustic tablescape. The unique design of this brown castiron pinecone inspired candle holder will fit in perfectly on our rustic plaid and pinecone themed tablescape. It will hold tea light candles or votive size candles. Place one at each end of the table.

      Tanya uses skinny white emergency candles next to each place setting. If that is what you have then that is what you use. However, these look like they are about to fall over and start a fire or burn a guest. Personally, I would rather use something a little more festive and not quite so dangerous.
       

      Rustic Votive Lantern Candle Holders

      Small Rustic Heirloom Round Glass and Iron Lantern Votive Hanging Candle HolderRustic Heirloom Round Glass and Iron Lantern Votive Hanging Candle HolderClick Here for DetailsRustic Primitive Metal Star Lantern Votive Candle HolderRustic Primitive Metal Star Lantern Votive Candle HolderClick Here for Details

      Both of these lanterns are adorable and can be placed around our rustic tablescape. They are small enough, when placed properly, they won’t get in the way of our guest eating, yet large enough to give off some sparkling light. Use all of one srtyle or mix and match around the table.

      They could also double as place seating card holders and as party favors for your guest to take home. Tie a place seating tag for each guest on the handle of the lantern and place one on the layered dish of each place setting. When the guests sit down they can move it to the side of their plate until they are ready to go home. This gives your guest a memento of the evening. I think it is a nice reminder for your guest how much you really care about them.
       
      Did you get a big farm house style dining table for this year’s Thanksgiving feast? If not, and you need one, now might be the perfect time to think about getting one. Often they will on sale for Christmas starting with Black Friday. This Rustic Mahogany table comes with a merlot finish that will be gorgeous in a rustic country style home and will last for years as a kitchen or dining room table.
       

      Vineyard Extension Rustic Mahogany Dining Table

      Vineyard Extension Rustic Mahogany Dining Table with a Merlot Finish by Sunny Designs

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      Vineyard Extension Rustic Mahogany Dining Table

       
      Add a couple of rustic long benches to keep with the rustic farmhouse theme or add elegant antique chairs for a more eclectic fashion sense style.

      Setting the table is all about layering. I like to mix and match different patterns and textures when creating my tablescapes. Visit my next post to see the exciting tablescapes I have come up with for you to recreate to suit your home for Christmas.

      Keep in mind there are only three really important things to remember when searching for Winter Christmas Tablescape Decor …..

      Keep Calm, Have Fun and Enjoy the Season!

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