holiday tablescapes

Our dining room table is the heart of our apartment during the holidays. It’s where we serve festive dinners and desserts. It is where we sit, talk, and drink warm beverages. It is where we sit and delight in the company of family and friends.

I’ve often remarked that the dining room table is one of the most important design pieces in an apartment. It is a blank canvas, just waiting to be adorned fabulously!

People who live in small spaces know all too well that space-saving is a necessity. We have very little extra space to store away holiday decorations during the off-seasons (see Tidying Up Our Holidays). Rather than buying holiday-specific decorations, I use this time of year to design tablescapes using items I already have around the apartment! This year, a friend offered me several branches that she had cut off her tree and I jumped at the chance to incorporate the foliage into my designs.

Holiday Tablescapes

holiday tablescapes

For these tablescapes, I brainstormed ideas that would inspire conversation around the holiday table and be playful for the girls! I looked through our toy rotation and kitchen for inspiration. For the base of the table, I used Emily’s grandmother’s china dishes and our everyday silverware and glasses. The white plates and blue glasses are a neutral base that hope make the toys and holiday decor pop.

Here are 10 easy tablescapes to replicate in your own apartment, using items that you already have:

1. Elf on the Shelf and Blocks

elf on the shelf

Materials used:

 

2. Fancy Nancy does a Twirl

 

Fancy nancy

Materials used:

 

3. Holiday Nostalgia

family photos

Materials used:

  • Family photos
  • Picture frames
  • Glass vases
  • Tree clippings

 

4. Nativity Scene

 

nativity scene

Materials used:

 

5. Coloring Table

mini-trifle bowls

Materials used:

  • Coloring sheets
  • Crayons
  • Mini-trifle bowls
  • Holiday scarf
  • Glass trees
  • Glass vase
  • Tree clippings

 

6. Travel Memories

travel memories

Materials used:

  • Travel photos
  • Picture frames
  • Travel artifacts
  • Glass vase
  • Tree clippings

 

7. “I Spy” Theme

figurines on table

Materials used:

 

8. Holiday Artwork

holiday artwork

Materials used:

  • Holiday artwork
  • Picture frames
  • Holiday scarf
  • Glass trees
  • Glass vase
  • Tree clippings

 

9. Holiday Cards

holiday cards

Materials used:

  • Holiday cards
  • Picture frames
  • Nativity set
  • Glass vases
  • Tree clippings

 

10. Winter Wonderland

winter wonderland

Materials used:

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Our dining room table is the heart of our apartment during the holidays. It’s where we serve festive dinners and desserts. It is where we sit, talk, and drink warm beverages. It is where we sit and delight in the company of family and friends.

I’ve often remarked that the dining room table is one of the most important design pieces in an apartment. It is a blank canvas, just waiting to be adorned fabulously!

People who live in small spaces know all too well that space-saving is a necessity. We have very little extra space to store away holiday decorations during the off-seasons (see Tidying Up Our Holidays). Rather than buying holiday-specific decorations, I use this time of year to design tablescapes using items I already have around the apartment! This year, a friend offered me several branches that she had cut off her tree and I jumped at the chance to incorporate the foliage into my designs.

Holiday Tablescapes

holiday tablescapes

For these tablescapes, I brainstormed ideas that would inspire conversation around the holiday table and be playful for the girls! I looked through our toy rotation and kitchen for inspiration. For the base of the table, I used Emily’s grandmother’s china dishes and our everyday silverware and glasses. The white plates and blue glasses are a neutral base that hope make the toys and holiday decor pop.

Here are 10 easy tablescapes to replicate in your own apartment, using items that you already have:

1. Elf on the Shelf and Blocks

elf on the shelf

Materials used:

 

2. Fancy Nancy does a Twirl

 

Fancy nancy

Materials used:

 

3. Holiday Nostalgia

family photos

Materials used:

  • Family photos
  • Picture frames
  • Glass vases
  • Tree clippings

 

4. Nativity Scene

 

nativity scene

Materials used:

 

5. Coloring Table

mini-trifle bowls

Materials used:

  • Coloring sheets
  • Crayons
  • Mini-trifle bowls
  • Holiday scarf
  • Glass trees
  • Glass vase
  • Tree clippings

 

6. Travel Memories

travel memories

Materials used:

  • Travel photos
  • Picture frames
  • Travel artifacts
  • Glass vase
  • Tree clippings

 

7. “I Spy” Theme

figurines on table

Materials used:

 

8. Holiday Artwork

holiday artwork

Materials used:

  • Holiday artwork
  • Picture frames
  • Holiday scarf
  • Glass trees
  • Glass vase
  • Tree clippings

 

9. Holiday Cards

holiday cards

Materials used:

  • Holiday cards
  • Picture frames
  • Nativity set
  • Glass vases
  • Tree clippings

 

10. Winter Wonderland

winter wonderland

Materials used:

_______________________________________________________________________

This post contains affiliate links. We may make a small commission for purchases made through these links with no additional fee to the customer. We only link to products we use and love! Thank you for supporting our blog! 

holiday tablescapes pin

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December 8, 2019

Holiday Tablescapes

tidy home

Are You Ready
To Transform Your
Cleaning Routine?

free Download

About me

Hi, my name is Tyler Moore. My wife and I live with our two young daughters in a 700- square-foot apartment in New York City. I began my tidying journey when an early-30’s crisis invited me to reflect upon, challenge, and change my patterns of daily living. I quit my job as a school administrator, returned to teaching, and started Tidy Dad to help others tidy, simplify, and find joy in their lives. I firmly believe the tidying process can transform your life. I’d love for you to join me in exploring ways that tidying can make room for what’s important in life. 


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