A Classic Christmas Tablescape

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Spending too much time on Pinterest looking for holiday table setting inspiration? This post is for you!

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I hope you enjoyed a wonderful post-Thanksgiving holiday week, enjoying way too many turkey leftovers and all the pumpkin pie! It’s officially December, and time to bring out all the holiday decorations!  

With the holidays in mind, I am excited to feature a beautiful holiday tablescape. Trust me, this gorgeous holiday tablescape by Taylor of Olive & Pop is un-fir-gettable! Be sure to check out her services and follow her on Instagram for daily inspiration and giveaways!

 I always spend way more time on Pinterest around the holidays looking up tablescapes design, the best holiday appetizers, Christmas entree recipes, and the best way to put ribbon on a Christmas tree. 

This post is for you if you spend way too much time on Pinterest looking for the best holiday tabletop decor inspiration. Taylor has done all work for you with this Classic Christmas Tablescape. Today, I am sharing all the holiday table setting prettiness and some tips on how to create your own stunning Christmas tablescape! 

A Classic Christmas Tablescape by Olive & Pop

Taylor created this Classic Christmas holiday tablescape with some incredible findings from Target, Home Goods, and other pieces that she’s had for a while. This tablescape was created for one of her clients for their Christmas dinner. I wish I was invited! 😉

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I always start planning tablescapes with two main factors in mind: the home’s (and more specifically the dining area) decor and what the client already owns.  You shouldn’t have to start from scratch to do a tablescape. For this particular tablescape, the client wanted modern, rustic, and cozy. Since this year’s Christmas will be limited to her immediate family, she didn’t want anything too “fussy.”  Thankfully, that style fit perfectly with her existing furnishings and decor. 

After looking at the kitchenware she owned, I decided to pair her gorgeous crystal wine glasses with her matte black dinner plates. I love the dichotomy of the elegant crystal with the heaviness of the matte black. You should never fear mixing multiple styles together. Sometimes mixing two unexpected items can give you the most fabulous results.

She paired amber water glasses with ornate wine glasses, classic, yet bold, place setting, creating an upscale and cozy look. 

My inspiration for the centerpiece came when I found the matte black candlesticks at my local Target. I love playing with varying heights and weights, so I paired them with mini evergreen trees. For intimate gatherings, it is best to keep the centerpiece low-profile, so the guests can still interact across the table without having to remove the centerpiece.

Alternating between two different table napkins and draping them down over the table (as opposed to tightly folded or in a napkin ring)  gives a large table an extra bit of visual interest. Small details on a tablescape can make the most dramatic difference. Taylor incorporated a strand of felt tree garland, fresh cranberries, snow-covered pine cones, and faux mistletoe on this tablescape. 

For a finishing touch, a small sprig of faux cranberries or mistletoe on each table setting completes the look and also ties the centerpiece in with the place setting. The green striped mini bowls paired with the small red trees on the appetizer plates accentuate the classic red and green from the linens and centerpiece.

Taylor says that styling shelves is one of her favorite things to do as a decorator,

It was great to use the shelves in the diningroom for overstock bar and serveware, but also as a place to mix in some classic and modern holiday decorations.

Tablescape Design Questions for Olive & Pop:

  • If you could give one tip for people putting together their own classic holiday tablescape, what would that be?

Start with what you already own! There’s no need to reinvent the wheel for every holiday. You probably already own a set of beautiful flatware or classic glassware, use that as your starting point and work from there.

  • What are your favorite places to shop for tablescape decor?

This largely depends on the tablescape theme, but you really can’t go wrong with places like World Market, Target, Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Z Gallerie. Places like Home Goods and TJMaxx are great for centerpieces, but it’s often hard to find a full set of dinnerware.

Once again, a huge thank you to Taylor from Olive & Pop for organizing this beautiful stunning classic Christmas tablescape. She is so talented, and it was enjoyable to photograph and share with you all! Hope you’ve enjoyed this tablescape inspiration! Who’s ready for Christmas!?!? Follow her on Instagram: @OliveandPopByTay

Looking for more Holiday Decor Inspiration? I’ve rounded up all of my favorite holiday decorations by Hearth & Hand at Target HERE.

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  1. Omg, that tablescape is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Love the focus on using items you already own.

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