There’s nothing quite as enchanting and inviting as a traditional English Cottage Christmas tablescape. Filled with colour, flickering candles, and classic tableware, it represents the warmth and charm I strive for in my own home.
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Today I am delighted to be sharing links to a plethora of Christmas tablescapes for our annual Christmas table bloghop organized by Rita of Panoply! At the bottom of this post you will find links to 16 more tablescapes to inspire you this holiday season.
What is an English Cottage Christmas tablescape?
When I think of a cottage Christmas table, I think of warm, traditional colours, patterned tablecloths, lots of textures, flickering candles and natural elements.
It is cozy and charming, maybe a fire crackling nearby. Heavy stoneware plates paired paired with linen napkins, and simple flatware. It looks almost effortless, yet thoughtfully styled.
If you have visited my tablescapes before, you know that I love to use things I already have, even thinking outside the box to make things work. But, this time I actually allowed myself to splurge on a few key pieces that I will get lots of use from, some just during the Christmas season, and some everyday.
Red, Green, and Gold Christmas Place Setting
My cottage Christmas plate stack embraces all the traditional colours of Christmas. The bold text indicates my new purchases.
- heavy glass gold charger plate with a raised lace pattern that look like the have been around for years (I purchased for $1 each last year at an event rental annual sale)
- green dinner stoneware dinner plates have a slightly raised rim reminiscent of something like Denby Pottery from England (I purchased these plates from Homesense, but I do have some Denby pieces on my wish list!)
- simple hemstitched linen napkin in classic Christmas red (I have had for a few years)
- dainty stoneware appetizer plates with a decorate scalloped edge and a simple green and gold wreath motive (purchased at Canadian Tire)
- my often used simple gold flatware
- a textured footed goblet in a bold red are perfect for water or wine (also purchased at the event rental annual sale)
- simple red and white Christmas crackers (purchased at an after Christmas sale last year)
- boldly patterned holly and berry linen tablecloth (purchased from Homesense)
Centrepiece with natural elements
In England, especially in the country side, residence often gather clippings from their gardens or hedgerows to decorate for the holiday season.
Since my table will remain set for most of the holiday season, I opted to use a faux cedar garland as a simple centrepiece that runs the length of the table. It is complete with pinecones and “wood” twigs, and has a realistic look and feel. I tucked a wood red bead garland throughout.
I purchased these gold bottle brush trees very early in the season for my Christmas mantel, but thought they were the perfect addition to my table.
Two wood candlesticks will be all aglow come Christmas dinner. The natural element of the wood compliments the lifelike cedar garland.
I fell in love with the holly and berry tablecloth the minute I saw it! It is exactly what I think of when I think of a cozy cottage Christmas. It is quite a bold festive pattern that is the perfect backdrop for the textures and colours of the place settings, don’t you think?
Choosing a simpler style
You may have noticed that lately my tablescapes have been somewhat simpler than some I have done in the past. Not minimalist by any means, just less fussy. And, I really couldn’t be more pleased with how this cottage Christmas table turned out.
I have really been leaning in to the cottage style of my own home. The main living space is less than 500 square feet, so it is indeed a cozy space. The more I peruse and study English cottage decor, the more I know it is the very best fit for our home, and really speaks to me and my goal to make it a soft and cozy place to land at the end of a busy day, or to welcome family and friends.
For so many, the holidays can be overwhelmingly busy. And, admittedly the end of November and first few days of December can feel like a bit of a blur, but after that, I know all the “work” preparing for Christmas is pretty much finished and the rest of December is spent at a slower pace enjoying this magical season.
This is the view from our dining room. In the evening, when all the lamps are off and only the twinkling lights on the tree and the garland are on, and the candles all lit, I really couldn’t find a more cozy and relaxing spot to end the day. Hot cup of cocoa in hand, I curl up on the couch with Christmas music on and simply day dream for a bit!
And yes that is an Elf on the Shelf hiding behind the nutcracker!
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I truly hope you have enjoyed my cottage Christmas tablescape. Now, its’ time to visit my very talented table styling friends to see what they have prepared for the holiday season!
Panoply – A Christmas Home Tablescape
Hyacinths for the Soul – Plaid Tidings
Everyday Living – Repeat the Sounding Joy
Home is Where the Boat Is – It’s a Marshmallow World with Snowmen
My Thrift Store Addiction – Kringle Family Tree Farm Christmas Tablescape
The Bookish Dilettante – Christmas Traditions Tablescape
Red Cottage Chronicles – English Cottage Christmas Tablescape
Pandora’s Box – Dinner on the Old Round Table
From My Carolina Home – Vintage Christmas Tablescape
Thrifting Wonderland – Christmas Tree Magic
Corner of Plaid and Paisley – Christmas Nutcracker Table
Dinner at Eight – Dreaming of a White (and Blue) Christmas
Belle Bleu Interiors – A Joyous Christmas Table
The Cat’s Whiskerz – A Rustic Christmas Tablescape
Life and Linda – Deer Prancing Through the Snow
Me and My Captain – A German Christmas Tablescape
The Painted Apron – The Season of Giving