It’s my goal to do at least 3-4 Christmas tablescapes each year. Some years I reach that goal, some not. Number 2 here is my Simple Plaid Holiday Table Décor. Mr. Sweets loves red Christmas décor, not sure if he’s too keen on the plaid though. One thing is for sure and that this is bright and cheery, just want the holiday season should be.
Organizing the Décor
First and foremost, I pull the items that I think will work best to my staging area, otherwise known as the spare bedroom. Regrettably, I don’t have a tartan tablecloth, but this one on top of the white polyester cloth works fine.
For this table, I tried out white, red and black chargers as well as a white plate with a basket weave edge around the rim. That plate was too busy for the plaid appetizer plates, so I chose the Windsor Platinum ones by Noritake. The plaid plates were a definite shoe it along with the plaid boots at each setting.
Another shoe in was the red handled flatware. Try as I might I couldn’t locate the red poinsettia clip ons that I planned to use with the white cotton napkins. Instead, these cute plaid reindeer clothespins are just fine. By the way, the day after this table went up I found the red poinsettia clip ons. Such is life.
Then it came time to decide on the glassware. Red goblets from Pier 1 for sure, black goblets, um-no. For this setting, they didn’t thrill me, so clear ones it is.
Simple Plaid Holiday Table Décor-the Centerpiece
Initially, the plan was to DIY a few risers with some plaid fabric and sit Mercury glass vases on top. The more I thought about it and tried to envision it, the tackier it seemed.
For this reason, the black candelabra with white tapers won. Flanking it on each side I’ve place small faux evergreens with a burlap-wrapped base. They sit inside two red bowls. Using two bowls gave them a little lift. In front of the candelabra is my last plaid offering, a Christmas sign.
And will you look at these two crazy kids hanging out in the living room! I’ve had Santa and Mrs. Bear for well over 25 years. I got them when I was working in the Trim a Tree department and Hudsons, which is now Macy’s.
There you have it, folks, simple and understated. My next table is going to be lighter and filled with lots of shimmer. Time to get my staging area ready!
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