Today, we’re sharing 5 Christmas Tablescape Tips for the Breakfast Nook!
This season we’re all about celebrating the chance to slow down so we can really enjoy our favorite things about the holidays whether that’s going on a Christmas Tour of Homes with girlfriends, baking cookies with the littles or hosting a holiday gift wrapping party.
We hope you guys are with us and feel the same way!
We swear every year goes by quicker than the last and if we don’t set our priorities from the get-go, we’ve found, all too often, we miss out on all the fun things we really wanted to do for the sake of committing to things we felt like we had to do.
You guys can relate, right?
That’s why this year, we’re trying our best not to reinvent the holiday decorating wheel so to speak. We’re focusing on using things we already have on hand and then supplementing a few new buys to help set a festive tone this Christmas.
We’re also using the same tried and true tricks we use in every season to help make decorating super simple.
Here’s a look at 5 Christmas tablescape tips for the breakfast nook to try…
Tip #1: Start by Layering the Table with a Tablecloth, Blanket, Throw or a Piece of Fabric (even fabric remnants will if work if they’re long enough) that is consistent with the rest of the color palette in your home.
Way back in the beginning of October, I picked up this fabric remnant for $2 at a thrift store and knew immediately I wanted to find a way to use it in our breakfast nook for Christmas. We’ve used subtle hints of dusty rose, pink and blush throughout the house this year and this remnant really helps to tie all the elements together in the breakfast nook.
Tip #2: Find or Create a Centerpiece You Love – We love vintage silver pieces and you can find bits of tarnished silver all over the house from horse trophies, antique bowls or champagne buckets like this one.
Likewise, cream colored roses are some of our favorite flowers in any season. It only took a few minutes to create this centerpiece and this is something you can leave on the table long after you’ve already packed up all the Christmas decorations.
In addition, tarnished silver can be found at estate sales, charity shops, thrift stores and antique malls so keep your eyes open. They’re relatively inexpensive.
Tip #3: Add a Layer of Greenery to Your Tablescape along with seasonal items like fruits, berries, herbs, pinecones, cinnamon sticks, star anise, bay leaves and flowers. This will not only help to dress up the table, it will also help to layer in bits of texture.
To create this layered look down the center of the table, I used the same eucalyptus greenery I used in our Fall Tablescape and wove in greenery picks made to look like pine that we had on hand from last year’s holiday home.
You can find typically find these picks at Michaels, but you have to get them early because they sell out nearly every year in early November – that’s how real they look and feel!
Tip #4: Complement Your Tablescape with a Beautiful Place Setting – Depending on the type of meal you’re having you might need a charger, dinner plate, salad plate, and a soup bowl. Of course, you’ll also need drinking glasses, napkins and silverware.
We use this combination of gray charger + white dinner plate with a decorative edge all year long! Then we layer with a seasonal salad plate or soup bowl.
I found the Mount Vernon plates and the gold trimmed plates at a local thrift store.
You can learn how to make this super easy DIY holiday inspired napkin ring too.
Tip #5: Don’t Forget to Dress Up Your Hutch with Greenery or Your Favorite Holiday Accessories – Decorating a hutch can definitely take a long time to get a specific look you’re after!
That being said, you don’t have to redecorate your hutch to dress it up for the holidays.
Just add bits of greenery or your favorite holiday accessories like pretty ornaments, gingerbread houses, a vintage Santa or angel or even a small tree and consider it done.
I hope these tips have helped! Keep in mind you don’t have to put a lot of pressure on yourself to create something magazine worthy, you guys. It doesn’t have to take a long time to make your home feel special.
Honestly, the people that are gathering around your Christmas table in the breakfast nook, the dining room or even on a farmhouse table outside just want to make some fun memories with you.
So, take the pressure off right now and commit to fully enjoying the holidays – you won’t be disappointed!