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

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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
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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

 

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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

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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

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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.

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Woodsy Rustic Table Setting on a Christmas Tablescape

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.

Arte Italica Natale Dinnerware

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 rustic set of handmade Italian Christmas tree ceramic pottery. The center of the plate is designed with 3 Christmas trees which reminds 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 in this table ware is a one-of-a-kind piece due to the hand painted designs. This set will look fabulous when paired 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.

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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

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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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