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Mixed Plaids Christmas Tablescape

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My Mixed Plaids Christmas Tablescape gives me all the Christmas feels without being complicated. Plaid table decorations and Christmas seem to go together like peas and carrots, don’t they. 

Red and Black plaid Christmas Tablescape. I paired a mix of buffalo plaid dishes with white and black plaid chargers and a few other pieces to create this Festive Plaid Christmas Tablescape

Personally I love all the Christmas plaid but there is a such thing as too much of a good thing, right? That is why I used a plain red tablecloth as the base on this Christmas tablescape. 

It’s time for the December Tablescape Blog Hop organized by the talented Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate. You will find a nice collection of home decor bloggers at the end of this post. Each one has thoughtfully designed a beautiful Christmas Tablescape for their families to enjoy and they are letting us sneak a peek!

Christmas table centerpiece created with candles and fresh greenery

My favorite thing about his table is the centerpiece with the live greens and the lit candles. It was free too!

I made the Red and Black Plaid Cone Tree several years ago. You can make one too, it’s super easy. See the quick tutorial here which includes where I found that pretty fabric. 

The center piece is a collection of pillar candles both battery operated and candle wick. They are centered on an over sized platter which was also used in our Halloween Skeleton Tablescape when it was buried beneath bones and skeletons.

The greenery is from the tall pencil shrubs in our front yard and the little baby pine cones have been in my decor stash for a long time. I transitioned them from this Fall styled Three Tier Tray into my Christmas Table Centerpiece.


You might want to cut your greenery and leave it outside for just a bit before bringing it in to allow time for the creepy crawly creatures to vacate the branches. Shake them really well to urge the creatures along. Don’t ask me how I know this but there was no squealing involved. 

Red, Black and White Plaid Christmas Table plate stack. Styling a plaid table for Christmas using plaid pieces. #Christmastable

The plate stack begins with a simple black round place mat. The black and white plaid charger is a Hobby Lobby find. Their charger section always calls my name when enter I the store. I need to stop listening!

The buffalo plaid dinner plates are from Dollar Tree. You never know what you might find at Dollar Tree! The salad plates on top are from Walmart this year. They caught my eye and I love that the close knit stripes match both the charger and the napkins which are from Pier One.

Vintage Metal Holly Leaf napkin rings with red berry bells

My napkin rings are vintage metal Holly leaves anchored with red berry bells. These were an estate sale find. It is nice to give a nod to vintage Christmas decorations. It’s hard to believe we didn’t keep all of those fabulous things from days gone by.

 My Christmas Tablescape and Dining Room Decor. Mixed plaids create a warm feeling for the Christmas season. Use what you have to make a festive centerpiece like I did here.

You can’t really beat a free to create centerpiece, can you. There are occasions when we want to pull out all the stops and maybe buy some fresh flowers and Christmas is certainly one of those but I opted for the free greens and candles this time.

Don’t you love the ambiance created by greens and candles on a Christmas table!

My Mixed Plaids Christmas Table Decorations include this Black and White plaid blanket scarf used in the center of the table. The plate stacks and even the napkins include mixed plaid patterns.

Hubby and I recently took a trip to the North Ga. mountains. While we were there the temperatures plunged lower than we expected. I picked up this pretty black and white plaid blanket scarf.

It is perfect for the center of my table to tone down all that red just a little bit. See this Simple Pointsettia Christmas table I set up in the kitchen several years ago and used a scarf to create contrast on it as well.

Dining room Sideboard decorated for Christmas to match the Plaid Christmas Tablescape. The Candy Tree is a nod to my GrandDad who used to make one for us when we were children

The candy canes on the little tree on the Sideboard are a reminder of the Candy Tree my Papa used to make for us kids every year at Christmas. I wish I knew exactly what kind of tree he got that branch from. He would use a branch with lots of little thorny limbs and fill it full of gum drops and mini marshmallows. Yes the candies were stuck onto the ‘sticks’ and we ate them and looked forward to it every year.

The little train was in my parents Christmas decor. I like to use items from their decor every year to help me feel all those wonderful years of family memories.

Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop

Decorating for our Christmas tablescape and dining room was a lot of fun and I’m excited to visit each and every one of the rest of the tablescapes this month! Come on along with me for a peep into some beautiful dining rooms.

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  1. Shirley, I love your mix of patterns and plaids. I especially loved hearing about your childhood traditions and how you incorporate them into your holiday decor to remind you – I do the same! Beautiful execution! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. Shirley,
    I love your plate stack! Those Joy to the World plates are so cute! I also love the tree you made for your centerpiece! It looks so pretty with the greens and candles!

  3. What a wonderful gum drop story, thank you for sharing it with us. Your tablescape is beautiful the mix of patterns looks amazing. Its all so wonderfully welcoming. Pinned, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and it’s been a pleasure to hop with you. Hugs

  4. I love your mixed plaids but you can keep the peas and carrots. LOL. Even when we have a store bought chicken pot pie, whats left in the bottom of the tin is a pile of peas. Love your idea with all the candles and greenery too. Very nice.

  5. Shirley, can you ever have too much plaid? Not at Christmas!! Love your trees and candles mixed together. I think your sideboard with the truck and vintage car may be my favorite. It’s a great compliment to your darling table. Merry Christmas.

  6. I loved your story about the gum drop candy tree. My mother always had one and in that day they had multi colored candy. Then I remember having only green and red. I saved her tree for many years and used it. Then regret fully I threw it out because it had chips in it. I am so sorry I did that because it was made prettier than any new ones I see now. It’s funny how childhood memories catch your attention.
    Your plaid mix is pretty and charming. Your vintage napkin rings are delightful and add the perfect touch.
    Nice blog hopping with you.

  7. Such a pretty table! It is warm and welcoming! I love nothing better than fresh Christmas greens indoors, and I am sure they smell heavenly! Plaid does say home and Christmas to me and you have mixed them perfectly. Those holly napkin rings are just the right touch! It is wonderful that you have that little train to display, I am sure it brings up all kinds of wonderful memories for you. Thanks for hopping with us again and Merry Christmas!

  8. Shirley, I am a big fan of plaid and the use of black and white. Your plate stack is so pretty and I love the glow of your centerpiece. The sideboard is dressed beautifully for the season. It is a pleasure to blog hop with you and wishing you a Most joyous Christmas season!

  9. Wow, buffalo plaid and checks is really popular this year. I love mixing the two. The plate stack is lovely. Your handmade crafts are so cute. Love your sidebar, so pretty with the little wagon and truck/ The fresh greens are a lovely touch and of course wonderful candles for ambiance. A pleasure blog hopping with you. Merry christmas.

  10. I am always thrilled to see mixed plaids! Your Christmas table looks great, ready to host some family and friends. I love those holly jingle bell napkin rings, I was ready to run and and buy some – but it looks like you found a little treasure there! Those cute Dollar Tree plates were just begging to be paired up with some buffalo plaids and you did it well!!
    Have a joyous Christmas season.

  11. Such cute plates! I love using black and white in my Christmas decor, it seems to really make the traditional red and green pop! Your side board looks adorable! Love your mad for plaid mix! Happy holidays Shirley!

  12. Shirley, I love all of your pretty plaids and holiday greenery! Your Christmas table is very cozy and inviting. I was originally scheduled for Monday, but will now be sharing tomorrow, if you’d like to add me to your list. 🙂 Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  13. Oh my, Shirley, I LOVE this table! That combination on your plate stack is really super nice! Ugh, I may have to go to DT and WM. Thank goodness the closest HL is about an hour away (but we have a new one opening the first week of Jan 8 mi away, think they’ll have Christmas clearance, lol?). As an antiques dealer and estate sale goer, I love your mix of vintage here too. I think it always add such a nice, nostalgic touch. Great table. Merry December!

  14. I do agree…there is something simply warm and cozy and very welcoming about a mix of plaids. I love how you mixed it up with your handmade plaid christmas trees and incorporated vintage items like your sideboard’s little tree truck and wagon. Your fresh greenery and pillar candles make for a cozy setting, like sitting by a fireplace. Have a blessed holiday season.

  15. What a beautiful table! I am a huge fan of buffalo checks and plaids so this really caught my eye. I love how you stacked the plates and your centerpiece is awesome! Great hopping with you!

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