Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. We’re big on Holiday decor so this year we’re designing the perfect tablescape courtesy of IKEA. If you’re in Holiday design mode check out this post for tips on Designing The Perfect IKEA Holiday Tablescapes.
Designing The Perfect IKEA Holiday Tablescapes
IKEA Holiday Tablescapes are what it’s all about today. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now it’s time to start thinking about Christmas! I am firmly in the “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” camp, and I think we need that vibe this year more than ever. I also recently moved to Arizona, and since there definitely won’t be a white Christmas, I’ve decided to make the most of this newfound warm winter weather and have a unique intimate outdoor holiday dinner with my immediate family. I think it’ll be a great way to put a new twist on our holiday tradition.
Because I’m hosting in my new home for the first time, I’ve been brainstorming some holiday tablescape ideas, and I think what I came up with is pretty great. It captures all the feels of the holidays, and because I got it all at IKEA, it also didn’t break the bank. I’m sharing my tablescape ideas with all of you so you can make your own magical holiday wonderland when your family comes over for the big holiday.
Holiday Tablescape Ideas
The holidays are all about the ones we love being close, and I wanted to capture that intimate vibe but still keep things festive and full of holly jolly goodness. I chose pieces that will work well in my outdoor setting and also deliver that classic “sit-down” feel when we have our meal and then sit around talking for hours. The pieces I found at IKEA helped me bring that vision to life, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. Since I’m bringing the indoors outside, I’m focusing on ideas that complement that theme, but as you’ll see with my tablescape, everything I did would look just as good indoors, as well.
Choose a Theme
A great holiday tablescape is all about the theme. I’m old school, so I chose to go with classic white and red. It’s the quintessential Christmas color combination, and everyone always loves it. Almost all of my tablescape pieces are in those colors. To keep things cohesive, it’s important to pick your theme and keep it consistent from the biggest details down to the smallest. As you can see in my photos, everything I chose was designed to complement and enhance that red and white theme, keeping things uniform as well as filled with the Christmas spirit.
A Great Place to Sit
There’s a lot of sitting involved during the holiday festivities. From eating to chatting, you’ll be seated a lot of the time, so make sure everyone has a nice comfy spot. For my outdoor holiday tablescape, I chose a beautiful outdoor table and chair set with a brown stain. It’s the perfect color to blend into the background and really let my tablescape shine. To keep things comfortable, I got some pretty MALINDA red chair pads. They’re the perfect Christmas color, and they easily attach to the chairs, so they’ll stay right where they’re supposed to.
Dinnerware and Flatware
Everything counts when you’re creating your holiday tablescape. From the obvious picks like decorations to the little things that tie everything together like flatware, when it all clicks, it’s a thing of beauty.
I chose a beautiful white UPPLAGA dinnerware set. The look of these plates and bowls is simple, having only a little scallop around the edges. I love that because I like to keep things low-key but not boring. I also grabbed some VINTER 2020 white and red serving plates to give the food something pretty to sit on. These simple plates have a thin red edging, keeping them festive and classy. To go with the dinnerware, I decided on SEDLIG stainless steel flatware. The style is ultra-simple, and the clean lines pair perfectly with the plates and bowls. To keep the red and white theme going, I picked out some VINTER 2020 wine glasses in clear glass and red colored glass. The combination of the two adds visual interest to the tablescape that works really well. My final dinnerware touch was a beautiful VINTER 2020 clear glass bowl with lid that’s shaped a bit like a Hershey’s Kiss. I’ll be filling that up with holiday treats.
To transport it all in and out of the house, I chose a beautiful white RASKOG utility cart. It has plenty of space for everything and the bright white color ties in perfectly with my theme. I’m especially excited about how beautiful the wine looks on that cart while it’s sitting in my SOLDRANKT stainless steel wine cooler. The classic bucket design and stainless steel are so pretty next to the red and white, and with the ice in the bucket, it adds a nice texture and reflective quality that’s perfect.
Add Some Pizzaz
To give that simple white and steel look some pop, I picked out MARIT dark red placemats. They’re a bit darker than the seat cushions which I like because it adds a bit of texture with the color and really pops the dinnerware and flatware.
Of course, Christmas isn’t Christmas without trees. Since I’m hosting dinner outside, I decided to add some extra Christmas Cheer to my tablescape with VINTER 2020 artificial Christmas trees. These small trees have a natural look that is the perfect backdrop for my VINTER 2020 Red glass ornaments. Pro tip: Rather than just set out the trees in their original pot, wrap the pot in some burlap to add texture, interest, and a classic holiday vibe. To complete the look. I snagged some LINDRANDE white stars. I’m old school, but I do like a touch of modern, and these stars fit the bill perfectly.
Don’t Fall for the “High End” Trap
You guys, I get it. You want to go all out for the holidays. Go big or go home, right? The thing is, there’s a trap that we tend to fall into when we get excited about decorating. We think we have to go to the most expensive place, buy the most opulent Swarovski Crystal, and generally burn a hole in our bank account to create something magical.
That’s ridiculous. I’m all about going all out, but I’m also all about saving that money, and I’ll tell you right now, I’m not going to put a strain on myself for any reason. You can find all kinds of amazing things to create an absolutely fantastic holiday tablescape that DON’T cost an arm and a leg at IKEA. I got everything there, and my tablescape looks amazing. So do not think you have to hit the specialty store and decorate like you’re made of money.
Use My Tablescape Ideas to Make Your Own Masterpiece
As you can see, a holiday tablescape is all about a cohesive vision and adding just the right amount of pop. Too much, and you’ll have something gaudy. Too little, and you’ll have something boring and bland. The trick is to find that sweet spot right between where everything works together to be just the right amount of festive holiday magic.
So remember, choose a theme, plan it out, remember the little things, and don’t forget to add some pizzaz. It doesn’t take much to create a holiday tablescape that everyone will love if you have a clear vision in your mind.