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The Rustic Holiday Tablescape in 8 Simple Steps


Last week kicked off the holiday decorating season in my house. I feel like it gets earlier and earlier every year, doesn’t it? To stay ahead and prepared in blogland you have to, I suppose. I am not complaining, it’s actually nice to get a head start. I don’t feel as rushed to create a concept, style, and photograph each space. The whole point is to put great content out there to inspire others when they are ready to begin. With that being said, I thought it would be a great time to gather up my favorite rustic tablescape inspirations and share some tips, eight in fact, to make decorating your holiday table as simple as possible this season.

It’s all in the details. When setting your table for family and friends, remember to add a custom touch for each guest. It can be handwritten place cards, some fresh herbs, a simple piece of fruit, or a pinecone.



Create good flow and function. Ideally, you would like to be able to chat with your company; keeping your centerpiece lower allows for good conversation. In styling your holiday table, keep function in mind. Some things to consider: the age groups, the food and drink being served, and whether it is a sit-down dinner or buffet.



Add cozy textures. Nothing says Christmas like warm and comfy textures. Incorporating wool, knit, and fur textiles into your holiday table will bring an inviting feel to your dinner and create a welcoming atmosphere. Be sure to think outside the box; throws make great tablecloths!





Do mix your metals. This is the season to bring on the shiny and have a little fun mixing and matching your metals. They bring such a warmth to the table and look great with weathered, rustic tones.



Lighting is key. The holidays are a great time of year to create beautiful illumination. When in doubt, votives are not only safe but also a simple way to bring a cozy layer to your table.



Think outside of the box when it comes to traditional holiday greenery. You can use rosemary, eucalyptus, bay leaves, sage, and even succulents to make your table feel festive. Layering them along the center with candles is an easy way to create a simple yet beautiful centerpiece.





Use natural elements to highlight the mood. Using rustic details found in your yard or in the woods is a great way to bring the outdoors inside. Trimmings from your favorite shrubs, along with branches, twigs, and even antlers give an organic and effortless vibe to your tablescape.



Have fun with your color palette. Often we gravitate towards traditional holiday hues when it comes to dressing our tables, but there are some gorgeous palettes out there that should be explored. I am inspired by moody, dark colors and neutrals, but what about rich Merlot with mossy greens and blush tones?



Decorate at your own pace this holiday season, but when you are ready hopefully this post will inspire you.

Thank you for stopping by,

Jen-City Farmhouse

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