Hello and happiest of Tuesdays to you. Before we get started with this year’s Christmas Tablescape…lets do a little #tbt to Christmas Tablescapes from 2014.

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It’s fun to reminisce isn’t it?

Well that brings us to 2016 and I have to tell you I absolutely LOVE this year’s tablescape. A bit woodsy; a bit of glam; a bit of everything TAOLB strives to create: approachable luxury.

As luck would have it, I found these bundles of birch wood at my local Market Street grocery store. The moment I saw them, I envisioned the stack laying across my dining table draped with greenery and Christmas ribbon. Pine sprigs mixed with sparkly gold garland is easy to incorporate into the bundle of wood. There really is no rhyme or reason, just as long as each medium looks evenly distributed. I think its important not to use too much of the additional elements. Let the birch wood be the star. The natural wood grain is a refreshing focal point when so much of this holiday is sparkling and glittery.

Gold and cream plaid placemats are practically perfect for adding some tailored sophistication. I found these on the sale aisle at Target back in October…and guess what. They are still available and still on sale!

When I married ten years ago, I did not register for Christmas dishes because I loved my wedding china so much I honestly thought I would want to use that as often as possible. Well several years later I saw this pattern, Pink Christmas by Johnson Brothers at a friend’s house and ended up asking for it for Christmas from my mom-in-law. I am not typically a fan of vintage or old-fashioned looking pieces, but I fell in love with this pattern and love using it ever December.

For this tablescape I set a champagne flute and a double old fashioned to be used as a water glass. If you don’t often serve champagne or use your flutes, you should. Their height on a table is eye catching, and what better time of year to celebrate with a champagne toast the holidays? My crystal is Aurora by Waterford. Note: Free shipping on all orders $69+ at Replacements.com right now!! The Dizzy Double Old Fashions are from Crate and Barrel.

Probably 9 years ago I found my napkins at Pier 1 on sale after Christmas. This purchase has probably been one of my favorite tablescape purchases ever because they are green on one side and red on the other. The perfect napkin! I haven’t found them anywhere else to provide you a link, but I’ll keep my eyes open. The stainless steel used is called Couture from Crate and Barrel.

I would absolutely LOVE to see your table settings this holiday season. Post your pix in the comments so we can all see.

-ciao for now-

lauren

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