How to Set a Simple but Beautiful Christmas Table

How I set a simple yet charming Christmas table that was quick and easy to set up
Christmas dining room

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Hey friends, I don't normally post on a Saturday, but this post took forever to write! I came down with my second sinus infection, and it has wiped me out! There's something about sinus infections that just drag you down. I think I could literally sleep 24 hours a day!

So obviously I didn't have the time or the energy to go crazy with my Christmas table! And honestly, by this point in the season, I'm feeling a little worn out! I just want to enjoy my kids and not worry about decorating. I wanted to put together something simple, yet beautiful and festive at the same time. I think I achieved that, but I'll let you be the judge.

I know you've seen lots of pictures of my Christmas dining room as I've shared my home tour, details of my blue and white tree, but today we're focusing on the table. It's been basically the same since after Thanksgiving, although I've tweaked it here and there!

simple Christmas table

I started with a red gingham table runner that I stitched up a few years ago. I love having decor items like this that can be used for multiple seasons! If you don't sew, you can find similar ones here.

I topped that with a wood tray that I recently painted white and chipped, using my super simple method for creating a vintage, chippy look!

use ornaments as decor

See those chippy edges?? Love it!

Keeping it super simple, I tucked in a glass Rae Dunn vase and filled the bottom with mini ornaments in the most beautiful soft neutrals (found these at Target this year!). I topped those with a candle.

I considered adding greenery to the sides, but in the end I just added a few extra ornaments that I had and wasn't using on the tree. Simple.

vintage items for Christmas

I set the table with my mismatched vintage blue and white dishes. Each one is different, but they all work together. I used my bamboo chargers under the dishes to add texture and because they work with everything! And real napkins...white edged with red, that I'll be able to use for other occasions too.

To add a little center interest to each plate, I used my vintage milk glass dessert dishes that I've had for years. You can find these online, I sourced a few for you here. Each one got a little wreath, using a wired paper wreath I found in the Target Dollar Spot. I just made them to fit and tied a red ribbon around them. Then I simply topped the wreath with a plain white ornament.

hang ornaments from chandelier

Super simple and cute. Until I found real Rae Dunn ornaments in Colorado and replaced them!! I'm in love ๐Ÿ˜ If you can't find these, you can make your own! Check out my tutorial here.

Rae Dunn Christmas ornaments

The small hobnail votive holders were found at the Dollar Tree, and I love their small size and the black metal holders! You can find lots of different vintage-style candle holders at the Dollar Tree now!

simple Christmas table

The table is set, and all the kiddos will be home tomorrow! This momma can't wait!

simple and charming Christmas table

I used the same ribbon to hang my mercury glass ornaments from the chandy for a little extra sparkle.

mercury glass ornaments

Christmas decor in the dining room

Christmas dining room decor with farmhouse style

If you follow me on Instagram, you caught some of our Colorado adventures! Mr DIY and I took a few days for rest and relaxation, and I thoroughly enjoyed being back in the Rockies!! I realized that this Canadian girl hadn't seen them for a good decade! It was wonderful!

hiking in Colorado

Bear Lake Colorado

And one more picture...because when you find real Rae Dunn, you share!!

Rae Dunn mug display

I will not be posting much until the New Year. I want to spend time with my family!

But I don't want to let the year pass without saying THANK YOU so much for reading my little blog, trying my tutorials and interacting with me! I sincerely appreciate each one of you and I want to wish you a very Blessed and Merry Christmas!! ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ’–

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  1. It's charming! Love your style. Red & white accents, especially ribbons, are Christmas to me. Thanks for all the inspiration. Get well soon. Merry Christmas! Happy new year!

  2. Cindy,
    Your dining room is beautiful!!!! I love the simplicity you used for the tablescape. I love the vintage milk glass. Your Christmas tree is beautiful with the blue/white. I just love this room. Thanks for all your tutorials you've given us this year. I 've enjoyed them and going to try a few. I hope you get feeling better and I wish you and your family a blessed Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    1. Thank you so much Jean, I would love to know what you try this year!! Happy New Year!


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