Today I’m going to share how I created this French Christmas holiday table setting.
This is super easy and budget friendly too!
Here is what I used:
White dishes- always a classic.
Pretty flatware and stemware.
Vintage salt and pepper shakers at the ends of each table.
Mottled brass candle holders and my favorite drippy taper candlesticks that I found in a pop-up shop that has closed.
For the linens, I used white cloth napkins, a table runner, and white tablecloths, technically known as king size bed sheets whose sole purpose is for setting the table. They get the job done, and no one is none the wiser. Except for maybe that one person who notices things like that, i.e., me.
Grab a sheet and set your table. I promise, your family and loved ones care more about the company and not burning the prime rib or turkey. As women, we tend to be hard on ourselves, and it’s in our nature to tend to the small details.
I really would like to have a few sets of white table linens, but I’m picky.
The white with red striped, French-looking but not real French ticking fabric that you see peeking out from underneath the holiday centerpiece- that fabric is a set of cotton dish towels that I found at Burlington Coat Factory.
Let’s talk about assembling an easy French Country Christmas centerpiece.
Lay down a few large pine clippings with the branches pointing in towards the center.
Once you have the pine laid out how you like it and in the a shape that you like, just pop in a few pomegranates, maybe a few apples. The larger pieces of fruit will hide the branches. If red isn’t a favorite for you, try using oranges or pears instead of red fruits.
Normally odd numbers are the best approach to design, but I used an even number. I liked how it looked. Unless you have a bunch of designers and stylists on your holiday dinner guest list, insignificant things like odd or even number groupings and sheet tablecloths will go entirely unnoticed. In this instance, the triple armed candelabra adds a sense of balance to the even number group of fruit.
In between the gaps of pine, I used fresh herbs from a package of poultry herb seasoning. It contained rosemary, thyme, and bay leaves. The babies breath was something I had on hand, so I poked a few pieces into the centerpiece. Dried babies breath was just the touch it needed. The sepia-toned stems and flowers picked up the mid-tone shade of the runner.
I have to tell you, though; my first plan was to use a variety of fresh white roses and other various flowers instead of babies breath. Roses would have been stunning too. As it is now, this style reminds me of my grandmothers Christmas style.
The fresh cranberries in the vintage silver dish are more for a touch of color than for eating.
Do people even eat raw cranberries? I tried it once. I don’t recommend cranberries raw.
As for jazzing up napkins the only thing needed is pretty ribbon or jute and a small Christmas ornament.
Adding in a piece of greenery is totally optional. I used sprigs of fresh thyme, but pine clippings would work just as nicely. I love how delicate the leaves look against the heavier decorative elements used in the centerpiece.
Just an FYI- try to steer clear of the dried clippings on your place settings. If you are more into form over function (me a lot of the time) I suggest informing everyone that pieces of pine needles are a savory addition to the meal. Sprinkling seasoning on the plates is something that you learned from the cooking channel and pine needles are the new rage in culinary arts.
I kid. I kid. Don’t do that! lol
These pretty packages have served me well this year. They have made it into quite a few of my Christmas photos and are currently being used in my entry underneath the white tree.
I have seen a few questions asking whether it is acceptable to mix metals like gold and silver and the answer is yes it is okay. My dishes are silver lined and I also used the old brass candlesticks. In addition, I also used the vintage silver bowls and trays. The combination adds a bit of elegance to this otherwise simple table. I do love the blend of old faded time-worn treasures contrasted against newer items like the dish set and crystal stemware.
If you missed seeing the rest of my home, you can check out my Christmas Home Tour 2015 post.
Of course, my fur-kid had to make an appearance for ya’ll.
In case you are looking for a beautiful set of dinnerware, I thought I’d source a few options for you since the dishes I have are no longer available.
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