Setting a Rustic Christmas Tablescape

A table place setting for Christmas. A gold charger with blue white and gold crockery and gold cutlery, white and gold crackers and some greenery

Setting a Christmas tablescape, or any holiday table setting is one of my favorite parts about the holidays. I love to host people at our house and share the holidays with those I love the most. Nothing is better than sharing good food on a beautifully set dining table. I make them for Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, 4th of July and even Valentine’s gets a special table setting. This doesn’t mean I own a thousand different sets of dinnerware. I recycle and move around items I already have around my home to incorporate into a new theme or design. Sometimes I may even use similar center pieces but switch up the dinnerware or vice versa. Changing just a simple thing like placemats or silverware can transform a look without buying new dishes every holiday. 

Rustic Christmas Table Setting

This year, I stuck to the gorgeous centerpiece I created last year, and you can watch How to Decorate a Winter Tablescape here.  It shows you how to line the center up and what to add and find around your home to create that cozy, festive feeling in the middle of your table. But because I did all white and silver last year, I wanted to bring out some dishes we had from when we first got married and add some gold and silver together. It’s a bit more rustic mixing gold and silver with the greenery this year. 

A rustic Christmas table centrepiece. A dish of cookies is in the middle of the table, surrounded my a Christmas garland and 4 table settings

Gold Themed Accessories

Right away, I fell in love with these gold chargers and gold silverware from Tesco. I had a bunch of vouchers to use and it went to good use as these are all light weight, dishwasher safe and I will use them time and time again. 

Of course, sticking with the gold theme, some gold and white crackers to pop with the kids. It will just be the four of us here this year and our first Christmas in the UK with the kids so I want it to be very special. It will feel slightly weird to stay here and not be surrounded by 20-30 people on Christmas day but hoping still a merry one. The kids could do with some chill out time. 

Glassware

I think tablescapes are beautiful with lots of glassware too. Like this huge serving platter in the middle of the table, you can always count that I will have a dish or plate of cookies, sweets, fudge, or goodies in the middle of my table so guests can nibble while they wait to be served dinner. Who says dessert is for after dinner? Non-sense! 

A table place setting for Christmas. A gold charger with blue white and gold crockery and gold cutlery, white and gold crackers and some greenery
A rustic Christmas table centrepiece. A dish of cookies is in the middle of the table, surrounded my a Christmas garland and 2 table settings
A rustic Christmas table decoration with candles, a Christmas garland, white and gold crackers and gold cutlery

Finishing Touches

Sticking with the rustic vibe from the burlap on the Christmas tree this year, I cut some greenery off to add to the plates too. It’s the simplest touch but changes the look of the table completely when added to each setting. 

I normally do linen napkins but since it’s just us four this year, I will stick the paper napkins folded in fun shapes like a Christmas tree. 

It’s easy to make your tablescape look inviting to friends and family. Lots of glassware, candles, and even some twinkly light that I have swirled around some garland below make all the difference. Candles and twinkling lights give a lovely and cozy atmosphere when the sun goes down and it’s time to eat. 

A plate of cookies in the middle of a table set for Christmas diner
A table set for Christmas dinner in a rustic theme with gold and white accents
A table place setting for Christmas. A gold charger with blue white and gold crockery and gold cutlery, white and gold crackers and some greenery
A table place setting for Christmas. A gold charger with blue white and gold crockery and gold cutlery and some greenery

Keep it simple or go big, either way your guests and you will appreciate when it’s time to sit down at the table to eat. Maybe you have some tea light holders in the living room you can add to your table, a Christmas garland from the fireplace and twinkling lights to go with it. Cut some fresh flowers off and place it on the plate or in a folded linen napkin with the silverware. Aldi do amazing cheap bundles of fresh flowers so you don’t feel guilty buying and cutting them up. 

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