A traditional plaid Christmas tablescape using plaid table accessories is a very popular style in this country. Our Scot and Irish immigrant ancestors brought tartan plaids to North America and they have become integrated into the American culture to now be considered part of a traditional Christmas tablescape.
I have selected a few gorgeous traditional themed plaid Christmas tablescapes along with resource suggestions to give you ideas and help with creating your own gorgeous traditional plaid tablescapes next Christmas.
Lisa created a simple centerpiece on this traditional plaid tablescape by using a tall silver candelabra with very tall holly and plaid, red stripe, spiral candles. The candelabra is anchored on each end of the table with a fresh flower arrangement.
Ordinarily, I would never use a tall or massive centerpiece in my tablescapes as it blocks the view of the guests who have been seated across from each other at the table. Instead, I like to always layer things around it and then stagger them down each side of the table. I think, however, that Lisa got it right on her tablescape. Her candelabra centerpiece is tall but her guests are still able to see and talk with each other across the table.
On this table setting, the simple tablescape is not the actual focal point. The red in the beautiful Waterford Stewart tartan plaid placemats placed on the dark green tablecloth is what really makes this table setting pop!
Waterford Stewart Tartan Plaid Placemats
Set of 4
Lisa used this exact same plaid pattern on her traditional plaid Christmas tablescape. Unfortunately, the Stewart Tartan Plaid pattern has been retired by Waterford. I did manage to find these placemats, but you must act quickly if you want them, as the matching Stewart Tartan Plaid napkins have already sold out.
Unfortunately, the Waterford Tartan Plaid placemats and napkins have sold out. Of course, you could always substitute another plaid set. I have found several different tartan plaid placemats to substitute for the Stewart tartan plaid. I have featured them below.
Tartan Plaid Christmas Placemats
This next set of Lauren Ralph Lauren Classic Nicolas Tartan Plaid cotton fabric placemats are similar in plaid style and colors to the discontinued Waterford set above. They make an excellent substitute and they have matching fabric napkins available too.
Lauren Ralph Lauren Classic
Nicolas Tartan Plaid Placemats
Set of 4
I would use a solid black tablecloth as the base setting underneath these beautiful red, black, and white plaid placemat and napkin sets by Ralph Lauren. The colors in these classic Nicolas Tartan Plaid sets will stand out beautifully against the black background!
Lauren Ralph Lauren Classic Nicolas Tartan Plaid Napkins
Set of 4
It is perfectly fine to mix and match plaids on the table, so a red plaid, a black plaid or a green plaid napkin set would be perfectly fine with these placemats. However, I prefer using a solid color napkin set with plaid placemats; using either dark green, black or red.
Tartan Plaid Ribbed Christmas Holiday Placemats
Set of 6
This is a beautiful ribbed red plaid Christmas holiday placemat set that will look beautiful placed on a dark green table cloth.
Christmas Tartan Double Layers Holiday Placemats
Set of 4
Matching cloth napkins are also available for this red and green plaid Christmas holiday placemat set. See below.
Christmas Tartan Holiday Napkins
Set of 4
Traditional Christmas Napkin Rings
I could not find the same jingle bells on leather straps napkin rings, but I did find these other jingle bells napkin rings which are adorable and so festive!
Jingle Bells Christmas Napkin Rings
I think any one of these napkin rings will fit in nicely with a red and green tartan traditional plaid themed tablescape.
For all of you DIYers out there, it is possible to make napkin rings like Lisa’s. You can buy Black Leather Napkin Rings and tie or glue on large jingle bells.
Tall 5-Arm Gold and Silver Candelabras
Lisa used a tall silver nickel plated candelabra in her tablescape with silver goblets and gold-banded china. Using either silver or gold is entirely up to your own taste. You may want to use whatever metal you already have on hand. Mixing metals is also fine. There really isn’t any right or wrong way when it comes to precious metals on a Christmas tablescape.
These beautiful candelabras are taller than the nickel plated candelabra Lisa used on her tablescape which is a good thing as it means less view obstruction for your guest. Silver plate is much more affordable than sterling silver and much more beautiful than nickle plate. Silver plate will last for years as long as taken care of properly. They need to be cared for as if they are sterling silver. I would use a silver candelabra with silver goblets and platinum-banded china.
The gold candelabra is finished with a distressed brass texture giving it an elegant gold appearance. I think a gold candelabra will look better when paired with gold goblets and gold-banded china.
Lisa anchored the tablescape on each side of the candelabra with beautiful rose floral arrangements accented with pine cones. I love roses (what woman doesn’t?) however, for an elegant traditional plaid Christmas tablescape I would rather go with the winter seasonal florals of pine greens, red and white winter berries, pine cones and a few white or red poinsettias flowers. Lisa’s flower arrangements, as pretty as they are, seem more appropriate for a spring Mother’s Day celebration rather than a winter Christmas celebration.
You could easily make an arrangement yourself using fresh white or red poinsettias, pine boughs sprayed with white flocking (or not), twigs, branches, pine cones and gold floral sprays for added interest. If you don’t feel like you have enough time to make an arrangement yourself, tell the florist exactly what you want and have them make it for you. Otherwise, you could get one of the examples I have found and featured below.
Handmade Gold Christmas Table Centerpiece
Gold will match the dinnerware used in the table setting better than the Mother’s Day floral arrangements that Lisa used as tablescape anchors. If you chose to go with a gold candelabra and gold goblets this gold faux floral arrangement will look awesome.
Christmas Table Arrangements
On the other hand, red really makes the table pop when placed against the dark green tablecloth.
The faux evergreen and pine cone teardrop swag, featured in the above center photo, was actually made to hang on the front door in lieu of a wreath. For a more natural tablescape design, lay it down flat on the table. Buy two and place one on each side of the candelabra with the larger end facing the candelabra and with the tail of the teardrop swag flowing towards the end of the table.
I love fresh over faux any day, but the plus side of buying or making a DIY faux floral arrangement is that it can be packed up and stored to be used again next year, and many more years in the future. I do have some silk flowers, Christmas swags, and garlands stored, but I usually try to use fresh evergreens and seasonal flowers. I want to decorate with something different every year, however, I will repurpose items with a new décor theme design.
Here is another swag example which is a beautiful choice as a replacement for the floral arrangements. The great thing about swag designs are that they lay closer to the table keeping the visuals for my guest open.
Nearly Natural Red Apple and Berry
Evergreen and Pine Swag
The red apples and berries in the faux table swag above, as well as the red poinsettias and berries below, will pop against a dark green or black tablecloth.
Nearly Natural Red Poinsettia and Berry Centerpiece
How to Make a Christmas Swag at Home
This video hows you how to make your own Christmas table using faux greenery and poinsettias. Gold or silver pieces can easily be worked in for a more elegant, formal design.
This video uses all natural greens for a round Christmas arrangement
with a candle in the center.
I think it is very pretty, it is festive, and I love fresh!
Plaid Christmas Tablescape Place Settings
I have been asked if it is okay to mix metallic pieces on a tablescape and I say, “Yes! Absolutely!” Lisa shows how lovely the table setting will look as the candle light reflects off of the silver wine goblets and gold rimmed china. By all means use what you have!
I am a bit of a chinaholic and have collected many beautiful china sets over the years so personally, I usually use gold serving pieces when I set traditional tablescapes, but not always. It depends on the mood I am in. I also like to mix and match my china sets by layering each place setting.
If you are just starting out with your own collections for entertaining on special occasions, I have selected some gorgeous examples you may like to add or to begin your china dinnerware collection.
Noritake Gold Banded 5-Piece Crestwood Place Setting
I own several sets of gold banded china, one of which is a Lenox Westchester Gold Banded China which is similar to Lisa’s Minton Porcelain set. I like to layer them with sets of white china and with sets of Lenox Christmas Holiday China. This Noritake Gold Banded set is much more affordable than the Lenox sets I own, but is just as elegant for a Christmas table setting and no one will know the difference.
Lenox Holiday Gatherings Plaid Stoneware Dinnerware
Set of 12
This is a very casual plaid set of stoneware dinnerware from Lenox that is much more affordable than the Lenox Winter Greetings Plaid fine china featured below. It is perfect for a Christmas breakfast or brunch. It can also be used as everyday dinnerware. It is a small service of 4 with only 3 pieces to each service; a dinner plate, an accent plate and a coffee mug. Stoneware is both microwaveable and dishwasher safe.
Remember, fine china should ALWAYS be washed and dried by hand and NEVER put into a microwave oven.
Lenox Winter Greetings Plaid China
5-Piece Place Setting
For a more formal Scot-Irish plaid table setting I would layer my gold banded china set with a plaid china set. This Lenox plaid set is a perfect choice for our layering purposes on this tablescape.
Lisa has not layered her china dinnerware. Instead, she has placed a gingerbread Christmas tree on each dinner plate. In my humble opinion, I think they look tacky and take away from the elegance of the table setting. I have no idea what she was thinking. They are not place card holders, and I wouldn’t want to eat one, so I would eliminate them entirely.
I prefer to hand pick beautiful ornaments to use as a party favor for my guest to take home by placing it on the last layered dish of the place setting. It gives my guest a special memento and a lasting memory of the evening. I think it is a nice reminder for your guest on how much you really care about them.
Wallace Antique Baroque Gold-Plated
80-Piece Flatware Set
Gold flatware is the ideal flatware to use with a gold themed tablescape. If you have chosen to go with gold-banded fine china and gold goblets, then you want this gorgeous, elegant, baroque style, gold-plated flatware set by Wallace. Especially if you are planning to do a lot of entertaining.
The set includes 12 full place settings; a dinner knife, dinner fork, salad fork, soup spoon and a teaspoon. It also includes an 8-piece serving set and 12 extra salad forks which would be used as dessert forks.
I do recommend purchasing storage chest for both gold and silver flatware. If they are not stored properly they will tarnish. When flatware tarnishes the pieces will need to be polished before using again.
Beautiful Gold Stemware to Accent the Christmas Place Settings
The King’s Royal Chalice
Embossed Pair of Brass Goblets
Everyone at the Christmas dinner table will feel like Lords & Ladies of the Glen when drinking from these gold chalice brass goblets. Whether used for wine or water, your guest are sure to feel like royalty.
The only bad thing about brass is they must be polished as they will tarnish. If left too long they will develop green patina. We may want this in our gardens but not in our drinking chalices. I highly recommend investing in some Brasso brass cleaner (This is what I use) to keep them gleaming like gold.
Italian Crystal 24 Karat Gold-Rimmed Stemware Sets
Decorative 14K Gold Italian Glassware
Set of 6
I like these ornately decorated glasses to use as water glasses in our plaid Christmas table setting. They will bring an air of elegance to the table when paired with the gold tone brass goblets and the gold-rimmed stemware.
These water glasses are hand painted with 14K gold and .980 fine silver. They are small glasses (not tumbler size) which can also be used as juice glasses for an elegant Christmas breakfast or brunch. Order the set of 6 or they can also be ordered individually and in pairs.
Decorative Jingle Bell Christmas Chair Treatments
Lisa gives a DIY tutorial on how to make these Jingle Bell Christmas chair back treatments on her blog. In her tutorial she uses red grosgrain ribbon. Instead, I would use a wide velvet or satin ribbon in red, dark green, or black to add a bit more elegance. Use a color that coordinates with the plaid you have selected for your place settings.
Simple and Lovely Traditional Plaid
Scot Meacham Wood is an interior designer living in San Francisco. He is from Scotland and he decorates his home and dinner tablescapes with the most marvelous tartan plaid designs.
His table setting consist of an antique blue and white transferware dinner plate with a Ralph Lauren tartan salad plate topped with a red plaid napkin rolled into a brown leather napkin ring.
Scot gives his tartan plaid Christmas tablescape a masculine touch with a simple, yet elegant design. He uses beveled mirror trays under his layered place settings to reflect the lighting from the overhead chandelier and the three Christmas trees he has decorated in the dining room.
Spode Blue Italian Transferware
12 Piece Set, Service for 4
This blue and white Spode transferware dinnerware set is an Italian inspired antique pattern. Transferware is a process created when lithographs prints are hand applied to the white porcelain then glazed. Blue and white transferware are beautifully vibrant and durable pieces that will be used for years and years.
The blue and white transferware china, that I have in my collection, are frequently layered for many different special occasion table settings. They look fabulous when layered with white, blue, red, and plaid china sets.
Sterling Silver Decorative Serving Bowls
Scot uses a large sterling silver bowl filled with red roses as the focal point centerpiece of the tartan tablescape. He also fills large crystal bowls with whole walnuts to place on his dining table as anchor pieces.
Classic Paul Revere 10-Inch Serving Bowls
by Reed & Barton
On the above left is a classic Paul Revere designed serving bowl made of sterling silver. This is a piece to treasure as an heirloom to be used time and time again and to pass down to your future generations. The classic design gives this bowl a surface which is easily monogrammed if you chose to give it as a gift.
The bowl on the right looks exactly the same, except it is a much more affordable silver plate. It will still require the same care as sterling silver. It will need to be stored in a silver anti-tarnish flannel bag and polished when tarnished with silver cleaner.
No one will be able to tell the difference between the two when it is filled and sitting on your table. They would have to pick it up and look at the bottom of the bowl to read the stamp. The only problem you will have with silver plating is that eventually, the silver does wear off with use and with polishing.
Beautiful Antique English Sterling Silver Serving Bowls
Sterling Silver Holly Punch Bowl with Applied Holly Leaves & Berries by Whiting Sterling Silver CompanyAntique English Sterling Silver Serving Bowl Renaissance Revival Decorative Scrolls and Figure Handles by Charles Stuart Harris 1896
Two beautifully crafted, sterling silver, antique heirloom decorative bowls. Any one of the silver bowls featured will make a gorgeous statement on your dining table.
Gorgeous Cut Crystal Bowls
Fill two bowls with walnuts and place one at each end of the table as the tablescape anchors.
I like mixing fresh whole pomegranates, oranges, apples and walnuts as another alternative for bowl fillings. The Victorians painted walnuts gold and silver to decorate their tables, mantles, and Christmas trees during the holiday season.
Wallace Grande Baroque Sterling Silver 53-Pc Flatware Set
Service for 12, with 5-Pc Serving Set and Wood Storage Chest
A gorgeous set of sterling silverware in the Rococo Baroque style by Wallace will look abolutely stunning on your table. This set will add elegance to any special occasion table setting.
Purchasing silverware is an investment in your family, while creating heirlooms for future generations. This set comes in a beautiful highly polished new wood storage chest. The set is for a service of 12 and includes 12 4-piece place settings, plus 5 serving pieces.
And there you have it two fabulous idea for a traditional plaid Christmas tablescape.