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How to Set A Welcoming Red & White Christmas Table

Set a welcoming red and white Christmas table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll, www.CelebratingEverydayLife.comIt's beginning to look a LOT like Christmas around here, especially today as I share ideas for How to Set a Welcoming Red & White Christmas Table as part of Home for the Holidays blog tour sponsored by Sondra Lyn at Home! (see links at the bottom of this post) I am thrilled to be part of the Christmas Tablescape section of her tour. I've titled this a red & white Christmas table but of course there's quite a bit of green too. Living in the south, Magnolia's are an intricate part of our landscape and here at my farmhouse we are blessed to have one in our backyard. I'm so excited and am proudly including Magnolia leaves in a starring role on my red & white Christmas table.

DIY Magnolia Leaf Garland Christmas table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll, www.CelebratingEverydayLife.comI began by putting together this magnolia leaf garland to run down the center of the table. Next, because I always like a bit of sparkle, I added in a few faux gilded leaves, berries, red poinsettia blooms, and red plaid ribbon for an extra snap of color.

DIY Magnolia Leaf and Red Poinsettia Garland Christmas table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll, www.CelebratingEverydayLife.comThe branches don't require water picks so this is a very easy garland to create, and you don't even “have” to wire it unless you want the branches to hang down over the edge. In that case I would recommend wiring the branches, otherwise, you can be nice and lazy like me and simply lay them down the center of the table and tuck in a few accents. Easy-peasy!

Magnolia Leaf Garland Christmas table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll, www.CelebratingEverydayLife.comThese red and white Christmas plates were a find at a local antique shop booth run by my friend Tara. Displayed with Magnolia leaves then, I was inspired, and knew I would use leaves again for a Welcoming Red & White Christmas Table.

DIY Magnolia Leaf Charger Christmas table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll, www.CelebratingEverydayLife.comA few extra leaves tucked under the plate help to tie the setting in with the centerpiece and don't take any time to place.

Red glassware for a Christmas table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll, www.CelebratingEverydayLife.comTo help create vertical interest since the garland centerpiece is all basically one height, I added varied height glassware.

Christmas Jingle Bell Napkin Ring, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll, www.CelebratingEverydayLife.comI found these golden jingle bells at a local craft show recently and scooped four up. I knew they would be adorable as a napkin ring/Christmas decor accent. Golden flatware complements the warm tones of the bells.

Red and White plaid Napkin Ring, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll, www.CelebratingEverydayLife.comWhen dining with a group I always like to have placecards but sometimes they can feel a bit stuffy and formal. To avoid that tone, I decided to grab a small art paint brush and quickly swish a golden letter onto each leaf. Less than a minute is all the time it takes to make these easy and pretty Magnolia Leaf Placecards, which are perfect for a Welcoming Red & White Christmas Table.

Set a Magnolia Christmas table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll, www.CelebratingEverydayLife.comThe branches of my magnolia tree gracefully shade the table – so pretty!

Magnolia Leaf Garland Christmas table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll, www.CelebratingEverydayLife.comDo you love a Red & White Christmas Table too? For me, it feels so welcoming and nostalgic!

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As I mentioned, it is with much excitement that I join this year's Home for the Holidays blog tour sponsored by Sondra Lyn at Home! This is the 3rd year for her HFTH tour, and we promise to bring some of the most awesome decor, craft and recipe ideas you'll find anywhere. It has gotten bigger and better each year and I think you're going to love what you see! Enjoy the links below – it's 30 blogs over the week, with a different topic each day. Here's a run-down of the topics and featured blogs:

Monday – Holiday Mantels

Country Design Style | Duke Manor Farm | Domestically Speaking

Organize and Decorate Everything | Sondra Lyn at Home | Two Purple Couches

Tuesday – Holiday Recipes

An Alli EventNot Just Paper and Paint  | Nourish and Nestle

StoneGable  | Sweet Pea | What Meegan Makes

Wednesday – Holiday Crafts

An Extraordinary Day | Lovely Etc | Lilacs and Longhorns

Lydi Out Loud | Salvage Sister and Mister | Weekend Craft

Thursday – Holiday Decor

Atta Girl Says | Chatfield Court | Create & Babble

Designers Sweet Spot | The Heathered Nest | Worthing Court

Friday – Holiday Tablescapes

Celebrating Everyday Life |Cottage at the Crossroads | Cottage in the Oaks

The Everyday Home | Postcards from the Ridge |  2 Bees in a Pod

Are you ready? Here we go!

Home for the Holidays 2016

Holiday Mantels


Holiday Recipes


Holiday Crafts


Holiday Decor


Holiday Tablescapes


 

Finally, thanks so much for joining me today and for visiting my other talented friends! You sincerely mean so much to us!

Happy Celebrating!

Jennifer Carroll. Celebrating Everyday Life blog

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16 Comments

  1. Jennifer, your table is lovely. We don’t have magnolia leaves around here but I could recreate the runner with pine leaves. 🙂 I love vintage dishes too!

  2. Lovely! How wonderful Jennifer to be able to still go outside the beginning of December and set such a pretty table. (I love your patio spot… it’s dreamy!) I am totally in envy of those gorgeous magnolia leaves. Oh! the things I could do with those! They truly make your table. And the red dishes and vintage goblets are so very special, too.

  3. Nancy Kelley says:

    What a stunning tablescape! Just lovely! You are certainly talented in creating the perfect ambiance for a delightful meal.

  4. Oh Jennifer! This is positively splendid! Your amazing decor skills truly shine in this tablescape. I too love magnolia leaves, but no longer have access to them – I miss them! Everything about this Chrstmas table is lovely!

    So glad you could be with us for the 2016 HFTH tour!!

  5. Hi Jennifer, like you I am lucky to have magnolia leaves in my yard and you are right, they are so perfect for a table setting. And their classic look pairs perfectly with your beautiful red plates. I’m pretty much a fan of traditional decor at Christmas and your table is just classically lovely. Well done.

    Wishing you a great weekend.

    Hugs, Lynn

  6. Jennifer, I adore your vintage red and white plates along with the vintage red stemware. They help create such a beautiful Christmas table along with that magnolia leaf garland. I have always admired your mad tablesetting skills, and I’m honored to be touring with you on the Home for the Holidays blog tour.

  7. Absolutely stunning tablescape! I love your magnolia garland!

  8. What a beautiful table! Magnolia combined with red is perfect for Christmas!

  9. Your table and the outdoor setting is beautiful! I love how you used the magnolia leaves in the centerpiece and place cards.

  10. Your table is stunning! The magnolia leaves add the perfect shade of green to complement all of the reds and whites.

  11. Your table is gorgeous, Jennifer. Love how you used the magnolia leaves and red and white is always a winner, to me, for the holidays.

  12. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this at Home Sweet Home and have a Merry Christmas!

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