Christmas Home decor

Christmas Tree Themed Tablescape

Hello Friends,

Today, the details of my Christmas tree themed tablescape is shared along with ideas for mantels, porches, tablescapes, gifts and wrapping from 20 more bloggers. Hope you will join us for this year’s Christmas Ideas Tour.

Christmas Tree Themed Tablescape

I was so excited when host Angie (Post Cards from the Ridge) challenged us bloggers to choose a decor project outside of our comfort zone for this year’s Christmas Ideas Tour.

Truth be told, over the years, I’ve avoided doing tablescape posts like the plague.

Fresh flowers help to create the perfect Christmas tree themed tablescape | #christmastreethemedtablescape #christmasideastour #christmastablescape |

Of course, I have a million reasons why. Liiike…. I don’t have the right dishes…. or table linens. Or I don’t have any skill in creating centerpieces….and the list goes on.

Been there?

Fresh flowers and candles create a classic Christmas tree themed tablescape | #christmastreethemedtablescape #christmasideastour #christmastablescape |

But with this challenge, it forced me to think outside the traditional-tablescape-decorating-box. And in the end, I found that I didn’t even need special Christmas china or linens. Heck, I even figured out how to do an easy fresh flower arrangement. 

Yea. Me! 

And you can, too. 

Here’s the easy how to…

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Tips for Creating an Easy Christmas Tree Themed Tablescape

Step One: Use Current Tableware

I knew I wanted to bring the blue and white in the china cabinet to the table, so I started by stacking up chargers and dishes that I had on hand. Then gold and silver metals were mixed in.

To create a Christmas tree themed tablescape, use standard tableware with only a pop of Chistmas china | #christmastreethemedtablescape #christmasideastour #christmastablescape |

Step Two: Let the Room Speak to the Table

With nine Christmas trees flanking two ends of the table, the Christmas tree theme just kind of naturally floated onto the table. But I didn’t want to actually add trees to the table. I tried a couple and they seemed to smother the space. So I had to find another option.

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Step Three: Create a Centerpiece

The centerpiece bloomers are a mix of cranberry-red roses and alstroemeria. I looked for fresh winter berries to mix with white roses, but had no luck. When this happens and you still want to use fresh flowers, just rethink the plan and look for flowers with the right color and texture.

The greenery is a woody-stem called Aster solidago (AKA goldenrod). I thought it was light and airy enough, but would carry the Christmas tree theme through shape and color without being too literal.

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Step Four: Tie the Look Together

To help tie the table end-to-end, I sewed a blue and white runner. It was on and yanked off in a flash. Talk about #epicfail …

It was too busy and too heavy, and, like the trees, choked the “light and airy” right off the table.

A Christmas tree themed tablescape can use any choice of table runners | #christmastreethemedtablescape #christmasideastour #christmastablescape |

But a vintage silver tray with a mirrored bottom works absolutely great. It adds tons of texture, provides the visual of a runner and kicks up even more light and color.

Mirrored trays help kick up light and color for this Christmas tree themed tablescape | #christmastreethemedtablescape #christmasideastour #christmastablescape |

To anchor the ends of the table, cranberry-red pillow covers were added to a couple of very soft and squishy pillows. And if you look closely, the alternate stripe is a light, limey green…..which ties with the solidago.

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Step Five: Stand Back and Look

While setting the tablescape, keep the total function and look in mind.

Does the tablescape work comfortably for guests? My Mom was always a real stickler for this one.

A guest-friendly Christmas tree themed tablescape | #christmastreethemedtablescape #christmasideastour #christmastablescape |

Is the tablescape part of the total look of the room?

Nine Christmas trees flank the table, but not one is on the table in this Christmas tree themed tablescape | #christmastreethemedtablescape #christmasideastour #christmastablescape |

Does the tablescape look as good in daylight as in candlelight? Sometimes this will matter and sometimes it won’t.

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If the answers to these questions are yes, then I expect you’ll be very happy with your outside-the-box Christmas table.

I know, I am.

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A Christmas tree themed tablescape that is light and airy AND uses nine trees to set the mood | #christmastreethemedtablescape #christmasideastour #christmastablescape |

And for more ideas, here are some great ones for your mantel, porch, table, plus handmade gift ideas and gift wrap ideas. Be sure to visit everyone (click the blog name under the photos) to see all the details. 

mantels decorated for Christmas | #christmastreethemedtablescape #christmasideastour #christmastablescape |
Top Row : Worthing Court  // Hearth & Vine
porch and deck Christmas decor | #christmastreethemedtablescape #christmasideastour #christmastablescape |
ideas for decorating your table for Christmas | #christmastreethemedtablescape #christmasideastour #christmastablescape |
handmade Christmas gift ideas | #christmastreethemedtablescape #christmasideastour #christmastablescape |
Christmas gift wrap ideas | #christmastreethemedtablescape #christmasideastour #christmastablescape |

Thanks for visiting our Christmas Ideas Tour.

And a very special thanks to our lovely co-hosts, Angie and Kathy.

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  • Reply Paula@SweetPea December 2, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Know one would ever know that you aren’t an old pro at setting a gorgeous tablescape. I love arrangement that you created for a centerpiece and the blue and white container contrasts beautifully with the red roses and alstroemeria. Your entire dining room looks magical decorated for Christmas.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 2, 2019 at 8:57 am

      Thanks a million, Paula!

  • Reply Patti @ Hearth and Vine December 2, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Incredible! What a wonderful way to bring Christmas to the table with china you already have. I can’t believe how nice the blue transferware looks with the gold chargers and the Christmas tree plates tie it all together. Such an inspiration to everyone.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 2, 2019 at 8:57 am

      Thanks so much, Patti. So encouraging to hear!!

  • Reply BlissRanch December 2, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Oh my gosh, beautiful Susie! I particularly like the three trees grouped together, and that’s what I pinned!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 2, 2019 at 9:17 am

      Thanks Bliss! I was looking for a way to use traditional trees in a non-traditional way. So much appreciate your sweet and encouraging comment.

  • Reply Nancy December 2, 2019 at 9:19 am

    It looks so great Susie! You know I love that mix of blue and white with the traditional Christmas dishes. I also love all your trees! So festive!


    • Reply theChelseaProject December 2, 2019 at 9:33 am

      Oh Nancy! Thanks so much!

  • Reply acraftymix December 2, 2019 at 10:00 am

    You did a stunning job Susie. The whole room looks gorgeous and so inviting. You most definitely shouldn’t be scared of doing tablescapes, you have a knack for putting things together in such a delightful way

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 3, 2019 at 10:18 am

      Thanks a million, Michelle. I am always encouraged when a kind word comes my way. Thank you for stopping by and cheering me on.

  • Reply Kim December 2, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Susie, your entire room looks like it fell out of a magazine. It’s just outstanding…what a pretty space and the table is picture perfect!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 3, 2019 at 10:17 am

      Thanks so much, Kim. You have no idea how much your kind and encouraging comment means to me.

  • Reply Lynn Spencer December 2, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    I always get a smile on my face after reading your posts! And what I wouldn’t do to sit around that lovely table of your and enjoy a cup of tea (or a glass of wine!). You are all set for Christmas eve my friend.

    Thanks for the Inspiration.



    • Reply theChelseaProject December 3, 2019 at 10:16 am

      Thanks so much, Lynn. How wonderful it would be to share food and fellowship at this table….or any table. But across the miles….it’s so hard.

  • Reply Lora Bloomquist December 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    What a beautiful room to set a tablescape in! You did a beautiful job. With the Christmas lights shimmering off the glass table and buffet, it’s all magical!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 3, 2019 at 10:14 am

      Oh dear Lora. How kind you are. Thanks so much.

  • Reply Marie December 2, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Your tablescape looks beautiful, Susie and so does your dining room. Girl, it’s magazine worthy!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 3, 2019 at 10:13 am

      Thanks a million, Marie. You kind support is such a blessing.

  • Reply Toni December 2, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Suzie, your table and dining room are beautiful! The tablescape with all the blue and white is gorgeous.

    Are some of the plates blue willow? I have some of my husband’s grandmother’s plates. And I believe I also have the blue and white centerpiece vessel. Maybe I do have enough to make a pretty table

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 3, 2019 at 7:44 am

      Thanks Toni. And yes, you probably have enough plates. IF you have two, place them at each end. If you have four, place them on the sides (service for six). For me, it’s a mix and match. My plates are a mix of Spode and English china. Send me a pic when you get your table set. #soexcited

  • Reply Kippi December 3, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Stunning home perfectly decorated for Christmas.
    Merry Christmas.
    Ps. please share on my site at the You’re The Star Blog Hop

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 3, 2019 at 7:45 am

      Thanks so much Kippi. I’ll try to stop by.

  • Reply Joy December 3, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Perfectly said and executed. I love your out of the box process this year! Thank you for always sharing your heart.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 3, 2019 at 10:13 am

      Thanks so much, Joy. Love having you stop by.

  • Reply chinamom3078 December 3, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Loving the table and the beautiful arrangement! I’m getting inspired!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 3, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Awww I’m so glad. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Reply Maryann December 3, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    I love the gold and blue touches… looks perfect with the white lights!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 4, 2019 at 6:00 am

      Thanks so much, Maryann. I love working with Christmas lights.

  • Reply Cindy December 3, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Ooh, great ideas friend! It’s absolutely dreamy! I love the mirrored tray that reflects the pretty flowers!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 4, 2019 at 5:58 am

      Thanks a million, Cindy! So fun to tablescape hop with you!

  • Reply Kristi @ Chatfield Court December 4, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Great tips Susie and such a beautiful table setting! I love the touches of blue and white that you added.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 4, 2019 at 5:57 am

      Thanks so much, Kristi.

  • Reply Julie December 4, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Hi Suzie! Your tablescape with roses is so beautiful for Christmas! I love your light fixture, too!! I also saw your outdoor fireplace…yowsa!! So gorgeous!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 4, 2019 at 9:26 am

      Thanks so much, Julie! You’re so sweet!

  • Reply Laurie @ Vinyet Etc December 4, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Suzie, this out of the box tablescape is perfect! It’s such a special setting, if I were to eat here this would make me feel so so special and cared for! Simply beautiful!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 4, 2019 at 4:01 pm

      Hi Laurie and thanks a million. I would love for you to come…. I will roll out the red carpet. Always. XO

  • Reply Suzy Handgraaf December 6, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    You definitely have skills, Susie! The tablescape is gorgeous! Love the trio of trees in the window too!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 6, 2019 at 8:14 pm

      Aww Suzy..thanks so much.

  • Reply Christy @ Our Southern Home December 6, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Your tablescape is gorgeous! I’m hoping to start collecting more blue and white in the new year. You have such a gift for mixing china patterns. LOVELY!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 7, 2019 at 7:58 am

      Hi Christy and thanks so much! Appreciate this kind and encouraging comment.

    Thanks so much for your comment!

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