I’m so excited to share this simple yet fancy-looking tablescape with you today! It would be perfect for Christmas brunch and could easily be transitioned into dinner, just by switching out the tiered tray of fruit, for a floral arrangement!
As I was putting it together on a bright, cold morning a couple weeks ago, I started thinking… I hardly ever see tablescapes for a brunch! Most people assume fancy table settings have to be for a big lunch or dinner! But wouldn’t it be fun to sit down to a beautiful, bright, sparkling table in your PJs, after opening gifts, just to relish the moment of gratitude and love? That was my inspiration for this table!
That and fruit. Lots and lots of fruit! 😉
I showed a sneak of this at my Christmas Home Tour last week, but I wanted to show all the pretty details in a separate post, TODAY!
I started with a scrap of grain sack fabric I bought awhile ago from Decor Steals. But you could use really any cream/neutral colored runner. Then I placed my cream colored linen placemats all around it. The napkins are regular cotton, restaurant-grade ones I found at Home Goods a year ago. I don’t bother with ironing them… I think they look just fine and less fussy when there is a wrinkle here or there… For “napkin rings” I just reused the green satin ribbon I used for my Thanksgiving tablescape.
Now for the centerpiece… The tiered tray I also found at Home Goods recently, and I was immediately drawn to it because of it’s farmhouse style. Nothing too shiny or embellished. But with ample space for lots of December fruits: lil cuties, pomegranates, oranges, and green apples.
In keeping with a farmhouse theme, I tied some red and white ribbon to a couple of boxwood topiaries and placed them on either end of the table.
Last step before adding goblets and silver, was to add a pretty glow of candlelight! I took some mason jars (which I normally use as drinking cups– no joke!), filled them with fresh rosemary, cranberries, and water, then added a floating candle. Simple and beautiful!
My grandmother’s china is one of my most prized possessions and I don’t feel bad about storing it away most of the year and only using it for special occasions. When my children get older, I can see me pulling it out for birthdays, anniversaries, and other holidays. But for now, I love that they know to be especially careful with these beautiful dishes. My grandmother died when I was very young and I only have faint memories of her small frame, wet kisses, and beautiful singing voice. She loved beautiful things, especially a beautiful table. She had many sets of china and each granddaughter (just my sisters and I) each got a different set. I really lucked out with this set, because I’ve always thought it was the most beautiful. And fortunately it coordinates perfectly with this tablescape! Simple white plates would also look lovely here!
Can you just imagine the noisy rustling of gift wrap, squeals, laughter, talking with family on the phone, Christmas songs playing in the background, and warm smells floating in the air from fresh scones in the oven? I love that these rooms are so connected. I love that we don’t have an enormous house. We are always together because there is no where else to be!
In case you missed it last week, these are the scones I will be making for Christmas brunch (along with a poached egg and bacon perhaps?):
These scones come highly recommended from my sweet boy, Owen, who turns 9 in just a couple weeks!
This really is the most wonderful time of the year and I hope you are enjoying every moment with those you love!