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A Coastal Christmas Tablescape

I had fun this past week creating a coastal Christmas tablescape. It’s part of our dining room Christmas décor and will be used in a couple of weeks when family comes into town.

I’m not a prim and proper person. I love elegance but for me it has to be balanced with a large dose of casual, a style I call casual elegance (and which I explain more here).

Dining rooms are often the most formal rooms in a house. I’ve noticed that I like to throw a bit of coastal into my dining room decorating perhaps it’s to keep the vibe of the room on a more relaxed note.

Christmas decorating this year was no exception. I came across this fern tablecloth at Walmart on clearance for only $4 (yep I’m not too good for Walmart or wrinkled tablecloths).:-)

Fern Tablecloth with Blue Accents
I coupled the green ferns and other greenery with a rich, deep blue hue found in the plates, table runner, and drapery.

Coastal Christmas Tablescape


The table runner was made from fabric I found for 40% off at Hobby Lobby.  I thought it worked great for Christmas since the suzani pattern includes a subtle snowflake motif.

Suzani Snowflake Motif_edited-1


The centerpiece consists of a glammed up piece of driftwood (project here) and two decorative balls.  The mini wreath gives it a Christmasy feel.

Coastal Centerpiece for Christmas

Coastal Christmas Centerpiece


Planking the centerpiece  are spa colored candles nestled in clippings of boxwood from our yard.

Tablescape Ideas

boxwoods for tablescape

Coastal Christmas Table Setting


I dressed the chandelier up with pretty white beaded sprigs I found super cheap after Christmas at Joann’s a few years ago.

Decorating the Chandelier for Christmas 

Which leads us to the décor behind the dining room table.

Christmas Decorations in Dining Room

Boxwood clippings also found their way over to the lantern which now echoes the coastal Christmas feel of the tablescape.

Christmas Decorating


Next to it gleams a gold and silver ornament tree.  A touch of elegance created with (believe or not) a foam tree I scored at a garage sale for 50 cents, ornaments from the dollar store, and a glue gun. 

DIY Ornament Tree


Anybody else remember the days when Burger King and McDonalds had the plastic ball pits you could play in (think mid 80s)??

Well, I probably wouldn’t do that again but I could be persuaded (easily) to jump into a pile of pretty plastic balls if they looked as pretty as these.  The things you think of when writing late at night!:-)

Gold and Silver Ornaments


Lastly, using scrapbook  paper as a background I cut out white letters and  taped them to the wall to spell the word “Peace”.

Christmas Casual Tablscape

Peace is what I hope loved ones will feel as they come to visit and hang out in our home this Holiday.  Peace is what we can all feel as we celebrate the true meaning of this Holiday Season.  I recently viewed this beautiful 2min. video and loved it as I feel it sums up where we can find true and lasting peace.

Thanks for coming and reading about my Christmas coastal tablescape!  I hope to be back soon to share a Christmas home tour!:-)


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