We Love Lanterns – A Simple White Christmas Tablescape Idea
Create a lovely, uncluttered, simple Christmas tablescape using vintage-style lanterns as the centerpiece focal point of the table. Lanterns are a lovely addition to any tablescape anytime of the year. They are now available in a multitude of different colors and if you can’t find the color you like you can always personalize your table by painting white lanterns in a color to match the color of your room decor.
White Christmas Lanterns Tablescape
with Red Table Linens
Today I am going to show a simple Christmas tablescape created by using a variety of white or ivory colored lanterns as the main focal point of the tablescape centerpiece. This tablescape was chosen for its attractiveness using lanterns and for the ease with which it can be put together with a minimal amount of effort or skill. In addition, the white china table setting may be something you already have in your china cabinet making it super simple and inexpensive to set up, but with a with a sophisticated Christmas flair.
This tablescape couldn’t get much simpler. With its contrasting red and white it has clean lines with a minimalist approach, yet a sophisticated appeal that is beautiful in its simplicity. The original designer for Taste of Home magazine, used a red and white polka dot table runner on a white wood plank dining table. I’m not too hip to polka dots, but you might be. If you are, by all means look for a red and white polka dot table runner to use as the base for this simple tablescape idea.
Red and White Christmas Table Runners
Because I am not overly fond of polka dots, I have chosen to go with a Christmas themed red and white table runner instead of using polka dots, but it is all a matter of taste and what you like. If you prefer red and white checks, then go with a red and white checkered pattern. I am in a Christmasy mood and like the table runners, I have found to share with you. They come in a variety of lengths so I hope you find one that suits your dining table.
Red and White Snowflake Christmas Table Runners
Merry Christmas White & Red Cloth Print Table Runner
Red and White Print Cloth Table Runners
Aren’t these red and white table runners fabulous? So much more appealing, IMHO, than polka dots and whether you decided on a fabric that is strictly Christmas or one you can use all year long for a variety of occassions you will have a gorgeous table!
Red Cotton Cloth Dinner Napkins
I think red cloth dinner napkins are the way to go with this tablescape. I think white dinner might give a washed out appearance to the dinner table, especially since the lanterns used in the tablescape are all white. Next are several options of red napkins to choose from.
The oversized 100% cotton napkins feature above right and above left are available in six different shades of red making it much easier to find a shade of red that you like.
White Cottage Lantern Candle Holders
OMG! There are so many different styles of white cottage lanterns it is difficult to decide which style I like the best. What I finally decided was to narrow it down to a few different styles put a few of each style in a grouping to make it easier for you to look at and decide what style you like the best.
However, you don’t have to decide on any one style. It is perfectly fine to mix and match lanterns using a variety of styles. It will add more interest to the tablescape if you decide you want to go this route instead. BTW, candles are NOT included with any of the candle holders unless specified it is an LED candle included lantern.
Victorian Style White Lantern Candle Holders
Romantic French Country Style
White Lantern Candle Holders
White Christmas Traditional Style Lanterns Pillar Candle Holders
Set of 3
White Locomotion Gable Style Lantern Candle Holders
Ivory Curling Vine Accents Glass Lantern Pillar Candle Holders
Hand Painted Whimsical Christmas Lantern Candle Holder
I fell in love with this adorable whimsical hand painted Christmas lantern candle holder the minute I laid my eyes upon it and I think it is a fabulous piece to use in the center of all the other white lanterns placed upon the table. It is also available in all three sizes (small, medium, large) so that it can easily be worked into the tablescape scheme should you love it as much as I do, although it will take away from the sophistication of the original scheme in the photo. “Throw caution to the wind”, I say, and add a bit of whimsy to your table!
Mini White Lantern Tea Light Candle Holders
Once you have placed your larger lanterns on the table, fill in the spaces down the length of the table with smaller white mini lanterns tea light candle holders.
There are several ways to set your tablescape:
- One large lantern can be placed in the center of the table runner with lanterns of shorter heights tapering down the length of the table from taller to shorter, then filling in with mini lantern tea lights.
- Another way is to create a vingette in the center of the table runner using 3 lanterns of varied heigths (the decorator’s rule of 3) then tapering down the length of the table with shorter lanterns. Use lots of mini tea lights to fill in spaces on the table for additional light and magical ambiance.
- A third way to set the tablescape is to use only two heights of lanterns, alternating the heights down the length of the table.
Mini 7-inch White LanternTea Light Candle Holders
Romantic French Country Style Mini
5.5-inch LED Tea Light Lanterns – Set of 6
White Mini 4.5-inch Lantern Tea Light Candle Holders
Mini 4-inch White Lantern Tea Light Candle Holders
Display the mini lantern candle holder set featured above hanging from their stands or store the stands and display them on the tablescape placing one lantern at each place setting or set into blabk spaces on the table runner.
Wholesale White Lantern Candle Holders in Bulk
So, you’re planning a large Christmas Party and you need a larger quantity of lanterns to create a tablescape for a long table or on several tables. Here are a few companies that sell their lanterns in bulk at a discounted price.
Wholesale White Manhattan Cable Large Lantern Set
White China Dinnerware
Having a set of white china dinnerware is one of those staple items every home should have in their china cabinet as a staple serving item, especially if your family is one which entertains on a regular basis. White goes with everything afterall, and can come in real handy in a pinch. I will often mix and match white dinnerware with other patterns when planning a Christmas dinner party or a Christmas Eve dinner for the family (which is increasing in number every year).
Below, I am featuring just a few sets of inexpensive simple white bone china dinnerware sets for those of you who may be in need of a new plain white set to use with this simple White Lantern Christmas Tablescape and to keep on hand as an entertaining staple.
Mikasa White China Dinnerware Sets
Contemporary White China Dinnerware Sets
I really like having the use of contemporary square white china dinnereware with this tablescape. It goes quite well with all the square lines of the lanterns and adds a modern feel to our minimalist simple white tablescape.
Clear Glass Square Tea Light Candle Holders
And last, but not least, Taste of Home placed clear glass, square tea light candle holders, wrapped with Christmas holiday red and white ribbon, as the finishing touch on the layered salad plate. Don’t you think the mix of antique style lanterns with contemporary white china square plates finished with square glass tea lights candle holders will make an awesome simple Christmas tablescape? So do I.
Chic and Classy Square Glass Votive Candle Holder
Set of 4
So easy peasy! Tie a white and red Christmas ribbon around each square glass candle holder and plop a white or red votive or tea light candle into the holder.
Red and White Christmas Ribbon Varieties
That does it for a simple Christmas tablescape idea using white lantern candle holders for the main tablescape theme.
Before you leave be sure to click this link Simple Tablescapes to get more ideas on creating simple Christmas tablescapes.
Keep in mind, there are only three really important things to remember when searching for the right Christmas Tablescape ideas….
Stay Calm, Have Fun and Keep It Frosty!