Entertain, Holiday, Interiors, Lifestyle

A Traditional Tartan Christmas Table with Festive Twists

December 19, 2018

Christmas tablescape - holiday entertaining - family dinner - formal dining table - red green silver gold mercury glass - garland - floral centerpice - tartan tablecloth - monogram napkins - festive namecards

I can’t believe that Christmas is just a few days away! We’ll be hosting friends and family for the next week, and I’m beyond excited to do so in our new home. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been decorating the house non-stop since Thanksgiving. It’s an entirely new and different space, so there was a lot of trial and some error (ha!) that went into decking these new halls. We have a big Christmas dinner with my family from Ohio every year at this time, so I started working on the tablescape early. I wanted the table to feel like the decor in my home: festive and fun with pops of color and a mix of traditional and vintage touches.

Christmas tablescape - holiday entertaining - family dinner - formal dining table - red green silver gold mercury glass - garland - floral centerpice - tartan tablecloth - monogram napkins - festive namecards

For place cards, I had the talented Meg Grant calligraph the family names and then attached them to tiny vintage metallic ornaments for each person to keep. I love a traditional monogram on the tartan napkins, and the gold thread really pops while dressing up a more casual print.

Christmas tablescape - holiday entertaining - family dinner - formal dining table - red green silver gold mercury glass - garland - floral centerpice - tartan tablecloth - monogram napkins - festive namecards

I found these vintage Christmas tree candelabras at Thompson & Hanson in Houston, which I’ll look forward to using every year at Christmas. For the florals, my interior decorator, Lindsey Herod, sent me an inspiration photo that I ran with. I loved her idea to bring bright red into the mix, which I might have initially not gravitated towards.

Christmas tablescape - holiday entertaining - family dinner - formal dining table - red green silver gold mercury glass - garland - floral centerpice - tartan tablecloth - monogram napkins - festive namecards

The centerpiece vessel is a vintage champagne bucket that I inserted floral foam into to create a cascading, organic floral arrangement to flow with the the rest of the garland and tabletop accessories.

Christmas tablescape - holiday entertaining - family dinner - formal dining table - red green silver gold mercury glass - garland - floral centerpice - tartan tablecloth - monogram napkins - festive namecards

Single poinsettia stems and holly berries intertwined with the garland made for the perfect finishing touches and a few more pops of red to complete the look.

Christmas tablescape - holiday entertaining - family dinner - formal dining table - red green silver gold mercury glass - garland - floral centerpice - tartan tablecloth - monogram napkins - festive namecards

Gold chargers | Crown Royal Derby dinner plates | Bernardaud Grenadiers salad plates also red trim here | Juliska tablecloth | Juliska napkins | Waterford crystal |

Merry Christmas to your and yours! Love, LZ

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