Christmas Tablescape From The Market

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coastal christmas table setting at shabbyfufu
When I design a tablescape I always think about the fact that I like easy and casual entertaining. Yet when I do invite guests in I have never been a paper plate, pick up a platter at the grocery store type of girl. I love to plan it out and have everything look pretty and it makes guests feel special when thought goes into it.

natural elements in a tablescape
So for Christmas at the beach house I took a little dry run on a stormy weekend recently, and using only.
fruit and flowers for christmas to create a tablescape/shabbyfufublog.com
fresh fruits and greenery that I picked up at the market I set up a garland of sorts that I’ll be copying (from myself:~} when we are back up at the beach again shortly and entertain.
create a christmas garland from grocery store items
I started by draping the fresh evergreens across the table. No wire is necessary and to make clean up easy I laid it out on top of a vintage European grainsack runner.
elegant table settings for christmas entertaining/shabbyfufublog.com
My next step was to place an ironstone cake stand on one end of the table and filled it with fruits in rich colors. By using pomegranates, red pears, apples and cherries it brought in some deep colors to the room that is void of traditional Christmas red.
natural christmas garland/shabbyfufublog.com
Low slung tablescapes allow for easy conversation and don’t need to be removed in most cases when you and your guests sit down to eat.
christmas garland
In addition to fruits if you’ve followed me for any length of time you KNOW that I LOVE to mix flowers into my vignettes and my favorites are back at the market. Peonies!!
how to add color to the table with food


I could NOT resist these mini Red Velvet cheesecakes and since I know that we will be up here at the beach again soon I purchased some for my “not so dry run” table setting to serve and eat:~)


Cheesecake freezes beautifully and the individual Red Velvets are perfect for Christmas. Food is a wonderful way to add color to the table if (like me) red at holiday time isn’t your thing.


Red velvet cheesecake for Christmas/shabbyfufublog.com
The golden light of candles called for the vintage gold flatware and vintage yard sale dessert plates rimmed in gold.
christmas entertaining ideas
christmas table setting
beach house decorating for christmas
A little glow, some favorite vintage thrifted ironstone and grocery market goodies make for a casual and truly effortless tablescape for the holidays and for any any season.


I’m joining in with six extremely talented designer friends today for a blog hop dedicated to the art of tablescapes! I hope that you have a chance to visit the others for a real visual treat and inspiration galore.





Matthew Mead


romantic home for christmas
A peek at what I have coming for you on Monday!

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  1. Tristan Robin Blakeman says:

    love the room – and the tablescape is too die for. I hope someday to be invited to one of your soirées!

  2. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    Janet, Oh! I adore your natural, color saturated centerpiece that runs the length of your amazing table! WOW! Gorgeous and so easy to pull together. Your style is perfection!

  3. Janet, that is so pretty and simple to create using natural items. I love how the reds and greens really pop in your room. The red velvet cheesecake doesn't look so bad either. Thanks for the tour!

  4. The tablescape is gorgeous! I love how you use the different pines. Lovely,

  5. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    So pretty Janet- love all the natural touches and the tree twinkling in the background. So pretty!

  6. This is so beautiful Janet, I LOVE this table!! It feels like it could be in the countryside of France with your natural touches. You are always creating such beauty, and this is brilliant. xo

  7. Loving how you are incorporating the beauty of the fruit and flowers on the table. Stunning as always Janet….and love those mini Red Velvet cheesecakes!….Pass me a fork please!….Have a most wonderful Christmas in the land of sunshine….I so remember those days of 80 degree weather with the Christmas tree! …

  8. There's nothing more beautiful than natural, rustic elegance, Janet….and you do it perfectly! This is all so breathtaking!

    xoox laurie