Holiday Table Setting

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The holidays are here and I’ve begun the journey of decorating my home for the upcoming season. There are so many amazing ways to freshen up your home on a budget and great items that will carry through the entire holiday season and beyond! I love a classic, neutral and timeless look for this easy holiday table setting.

One of my favorite areas to decorate is my dining room and if you follow along on Instagram you saw me create this lovely tablescape. I love a good table setting, where friends and family can gather for a rememberable meal filled with love and laughter. Sure, you can use paper plates, and there are times I do, but a well thought out table setting really makes everything feel special and it’s not as expensive as you think.

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Dining room table decorated for holiday dining

Decorating for the Holidays

Now that Halloween is over, we have the rest of the large holidays ahead. Such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years and with just a few basic decor items it’s easy to set a holiday table that will carry you through the entire season with just a few tweaks.

I do enjoy Christmas as much as anyone, but also don’t want to forget about Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving deserves its place in the spot light too. I tend to have a larger crowd for dinner on Thanksgiving than Christmas so a lovely tablescape is fun to put together. I love keeping things pretty simple and neutral and always incorporate lots of garlands and greenery as well as natural textures.

dining room table with floral centerpiece and candles

Finding the Perfect Table

We have had our dining table for over ten years and I honestly love it. It’ s solid wood and made by Lorts Furniture; which I believe might be out of business. I love the dark contrast of the table against all our white board and batten. A good dining table is a nice investment and selecting one that is solid wood means it will last for years to come. I’ve rounded up a few great tables that have a classic look.

dining room with table set
dining table collage


Classic Dining Chairs

Invest in a good chair that will last and go with so many home designs that will never go out of style. A few years ago I updated our dining room and when we moved to our new home in TN, our dining room furniture went perfectly in our new space.

Select chairs that have a classic and timeless shape that stand the test of design fads and trends. I love our cane back chairs as they add so much texture and warmth to our otherwise dark table.

holiday dining room table
dining chair collage


Anchor the Room with a Rug

The one thing I did change when we moved to our home here in Tennessee was our dining room rug. Once we completed the board and batten and the blue floral branch wallpaper, the room needed a better rug to contrast with the other colors and patterns.

I went with this jute/sisal rug to provide an anchor to a light airy space.

dining room table setting

Dining Room Furniture Furnishings:

Adding Holiday Table Setting Decor

Now that you have a table, chairs and a rug it’s time to add the fun part…in my opinion. I love adding all the dining table setting decor pieces.


Sometimes I use a tablecloth and sometimes I don’t but I love the pattern of this one and wanted to dress up the table a bit more. I used this same table cloth a few years ago and thought it would be fun to drag it out again for my Thanksgiving holiday table setting this year.

dining table set for dinner

Plates, Glasses and Flatware

Use what you have on hand; no need to break the bank on expensive dishes. You could even use a variety of mix and match plates as well. Our everyday white plates, Dollar Tree stem goblets and our everyday flatware work perfectly for our holiday table setting. I love these goblets as they elevate the table just a bit but guess what…they are only $1…well, now they are a $1.25 but that’s still inexpensive and no one will know the difference.


If you use a table cloth you can match your linens or you can coordinate. For this table setting I chose to coordinate because I didn’t have a matching set and I didn’t want to purchase more than necessary. Both linens I already had on hand and they worked out nicely.

I don’t always use cloth napkins but for special dinners and gatherings I like to elevate it just a bit with a cloth napkin. Here are some options below.

Holiday Table Setting Decor

Now that you have the basics; it’s time to add the really fun elements. Keep it simple, but look around your house for what you already have. If you don’t have anything suitable start by looking at the thrift store first for some unique decor items. My favorite place to shop is the thrift store as I find so many wonderful things to incorporate into our home’s decor without going over budget.

flower centerpiece


I like to add in basic greenery from my yard or if you don’t have any greenery; these real life feel stems are a perfect option as well. Lay them down the center of the table and include little cuttings to your tied napkin decor.


I love a good placemat to anchor the setting and these round rattan placemats added just a touch of rustic to a classy room and table setting.

holiday dining table with flowers
Rattan Placemat

Rattan Placemats


My vintage brass candlesticks were another thrift store find. Place them strategically on the table so not to block conversation from across the table.

dining table decor collagw

Flower Centerpiece

I worked with Grace Rose Farms and put together this centerpiece using their gorgeous roses and clippings from my yard. It’s fun and relaxing to put together your own centerpiece and easier than you might think.

Grace Rose Farms has a huge variety of the most gorgeous roses you have ever seen and they ship right to your door ready for a vase all on their own or creating a stunning centerpiece.

holiday dining table with flowers
floral arrangement on dining table

Christmas Roses for Centerpiece:

Extra Touches

Those little extra touches should be kept to a minimum as you don’t want to clutter your table setting design. Too much is just…too much. My little extra touches were my vintage copper goblets (thrift store) and the ribbon around my napkins to bring in just a touch of blue to the table. I tucked a little bit of greenery from my stems onto the napkin for a little added color and texture to tie it all together.

flower centerpiece on holiday dining table
dining room table with floral centerpiece and candles

Final Thoughts on Holiday Table Setting

Go ahead and create a lovely tablescape to add a special touch to your festive holiday meals. It’s really simple and something fun to do. My favorite decorating during the season is not my Christmas tree but my table settings. I love setting a festive table scape for family and friends.

Holiday Table Settings

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