Set a simple rustic Christmas table using a DIY table runner, gathered natural elements, basic use-what-you-have dishes, and easy-to-make name tags.
Here's a simple table setting idea for a pretty Christmas table that you can put together easily. I was able to put this together pretty quickly, using what mostly I already had, plus cut greens from the yard, and I just love how it turned out!
I'm calling it a green plaid rustic table because of the runner material, the antlers, wood, and greens. And it's basically the same steps I use for most table settings:
- Start with a bottom layer, either a tablecloth or runner.
- Add a plate, tray, or box for a centerpiece.
- Fill tray with candles, flowers, greenery and the items.
- Add a few more candles.
- Set the table with our dishes, sometimes adding chargers.
- Include simple name tags.
Plaid Rustic Christmas Table
For this table idea, start with an easy no-sew fringed table runner in a fun plaid.
I like the way this subtle plaid goes with the pinkish 'red' transferware plates for a lighter take on Christmas' red-and-green scheme. (Want to know something about me? I've never used red and green to decorate at Christmas - never. My daughter thinks I'm so weird...)
Add a white tray, a couple candles (mine are those timer real-wax faux candles and I love, love them) and then fill in around them with boxwood cuttings and any other greenery you can clip from your yard.
If you have antlers, add a few. The finishing touch are a few mini Christmas ornaments.
Done in 10 minutes.
Pull out your plates and set the table.
I used a set of thrift-store chargers that add great texture, our everyday white dishes topped with the red transferware that I traditionally use at Christmas.
Setting the white napkin under the charger is just a fun change from the normal spot.
The name tag is a simple craft paper flag clipped to a sprig of rosemary and a piece of the plaid.
The adorable clips were at the Target Dollar Spot (even at $1-3 it's a dangerous place...). I didn't even try to make my handwriting something it's not - perfection is not required!
Setting a few votive candles on wood slices helps extend the centerpiece a bit.
Anchor them to the tray with a few more cuttings if you like.
Nothing fancy here - our regular .50 thrift store water goblets, thrifted chargers, vintage plates and yard clippings.
The flatware is the only 'special' thing - they are our holiday silver plate and bone-handle flatware that has to be hand washed.
And that's it - a rustic Christmas table.
I hope the take away for you is to be inspired to use what you have in slightly different ways, taking a few minutes to add some sweet touches that help your family and guests feel special.
It's amazing to see the look on people's faces when you set a table for them - it's more unusual for us these days and it really does make dinner an occasion!
I love this tablescape! Please tell me the name brand of your white dishes...They are lovely!
Thank you, Debbie! Those plates are vintage and I love them so. 🙂 There are two patterns you can find that are basically the same: either Pope Gosser Rosepoint or Steubenville Rosepoint (I think one company took the other over at some point). I've bought most of mine on Ebay, though I know some lucky people who've found them at garage sales.
Very lovely. I was admiring your antique flatware, very beautiful.
Thank you, Kathy - I do treasure those vintage pieces since they look so beautiful. We don't use them much since they're hand wash only!