I love setting a beautiful table, especially at Christmas time! Christmas decor doesn’t have to be thematic or expensive. I set up this modern country Christmas table setting using items I already owned. The minimal and neutral palette blends beautifully with the snowy scene outdoors!
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Last year I made an indoor forest in the screen room. You can check that out in Simple Outdoor Christmas Decor Ideas. This year I wanted to do something a little different. I was inspired by gorgeous wedding floral installations to hang fresh garland above the table. Pretty ornaments, brass bells, and tealights strung from the greens add a festive feel!
I love the way the brass bells catch the light and the matte black round ornaments from McGee & Co add a modern feel! During the day, you can barely see the hanging glass orbs with candles inside. But at night, the little floating lights are magical. And it’s dark by 430 pm here in the deep winter!
To install the garland we made a thin, rectangular wooden frame and hung it from screws drilled into the metal ceiling. We then attached the garland to the frame with zip ties. The fresh garland is quite heavy and you don’t want it falling on your guests’ heads!
If you don’t have space for a large installation like this you can always drape some greenery from the chandelier/ light fixture over your dining room table and hang a few pretty ornaments to get the same effect on a smaller scale!
I like to set up a side table or buffet table if we are entertaining. During the day I just use it as a place for a pretty and neutral vignette. A fresh fir clipping in a plain white vase and a calming print bring the snowy winter feeling inside!
Then when it’s time for a party, I can clear the decor and it’s a handy place to put drinks, snacks, extra napkins etc…
Because the garland installation is quite dramatic, I kept the table setting very simple. I love how fresh and open it looks with soft whites and greens set against the backdrop of the snowy trees outside!
We are slowly working towards living a more minimal lifestyle in our home. So I use the same dishes and décor items throughout the seasons. My favourite white dishes and matte black cutlery are a staple in my tablescapes. And because they are neutrals, they can be dressed up for different holidays easily with just a few small accessories.
I reused my large glass vases, dried moss and pillar candles from Easter as well as pale green drinking glasses! The only thing new things I added were a few golden pear ornaments and some Christmas napkins!
I used a white linen tablecloth and omitted placemats or chargers for a more Scandinavian and minimal feel.
Matte black candle holders at alternating heights add some interest to plain white taper candles. And I added a few tealights to the table as well to add extra glow.
The pretty pear ornaments catch the light and add some Christmas shine to the setting! I love how they feel organic and modern at the same time!
I used gift tags tied around the napkins with twine and a tiny brass bell as place cards! You can find the gift tags in my FREE PRINTABLES LIBRARY!
They look so sweet and you can just add your guests’ names in handwriting for a personal touch!
I hope you’ve found something here to inspire your own minimal & modern country Christmas table setting this year. Remember to use what you have and keep it simple to avoid holiday stress and overspending!
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