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A Holiday Table That Will Take You Through The Whole Season

November 13, 2017 by Melissa | 0 Comments

I love cooking and entertaining at the holidays. I especially love setting a beautiful table.  I think that setting the mood for a holiday meal is half of what makes the meal special. But, one thing I don’t like is accumulating a lot of holiday-specific pieces.  It gets expensive to purchase tabletop decor for every holiday and feels a bit wasteful.  In addition, it requires a lot of storage space.  My solution is to try to reuse basic pieces that I already have in order to keep the purchasing to a minimum.

Dining Table by One Kings Lane, West Elm Vases, Runner and Napkins from Cost Plus World Market

This year, I decide to challenge myself to create a table for Thanksgiving and Christmas using three common elements:  my everyday vases, a basic linen table runner, and basic linen napkins.  I also decided to do as much as possible with pieces that I already own.

Thanksgiving Table Scape, West Elm Vases, Cost Plus World Market napkins and table runner, mini pumpkins

In our house, Thanksgiving is a pretty relaxed day.  It is all about the food (and football).  So, it makes sense for us to keep our Thanksgiving table simple.  I decided to keep thinks natural and easy.  Orange berry branches, fall leaves, and miniature pumpkins (left over from Halloween) give the table a pop of seasonal color against a neutral background.

Thanksgiving Table with Mini Pumpkins and Vintage Brass Candlesticks

Even though I was keeping things simple, I couldn’t resist adding a few vintage candlesticks to increase the shine-factor a bit.

Tablescape with Crate and Barrell Placemats, Cost Plus World Market Napkins, fall leaves place cards

Stemless glasses and rattan placemats continue the low-key feel of the table. And, thankfully, the fall leaves were free for the taking right outside our front door this year.

Christmas and New Years Table, West Elm Vases, Crate and Barrel Charges and Berry Branches, Cost Plus table linens and Mercury Glass Candle Holders, Chicago Ceramics

By switching out a few accessories I was able to transform my natural Thanksgiving table into a sparkly white winter table for Christmas (and maybe New Years Eve).

Christmas and New Years Table, West Elm Vases, Crate and Barrel Charges and Berry Branches, Cost Plus table linens and Mercury Glass Candle Holders, Chicago Ceramics, Vera Wang Stemware

I simply exchanged my pumpkins for some sparkly candles and took things up a notch with crystal stemware.  It is a bit difficult to see in the photos but the mercury glass candleholders reflect the warm candlelight beautifully.

Christmas and New Years Table, West Elm Vases, Crate and Barrel Charges and Berry Branches, Cost Plus table linens and Mercury Glass Candle Holders, Chicago Ceramics

Because the purpose of the table is to serve a meal I think it is critical that the setting be functional as well as beautiful.  As you can see from the photo above, there is plenty of open space on the table.  On for both holidays, I would remove the large vases after serving the salad course and intersperse the serving dishes among the candles/pumpkins.

If you like these looks, here are some similar choices that won’t break the bank.  Happy holidays!

Christmas and New Years Table, West Elm Vases, Crate and Barrel Charges and Berry Branches, Cost Plus table linens and Mercury Glass Candle Holders, Chicago Ceramics, Elsie Green Vintage Brass Candlesticks

Sources (left to right from top):

Pure White Vases

Silver Pillar Candles

Silver Mercury Candle Holders 

Gray Melange Table Runner

Snowflake Candle Holder

Stainless Steel Charger

Dark Gray Buffet Napkins

Vintage Brass Candlesticks (similar)

Round Rattan Placemat

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