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simple natural holiday table


we normally don’t host anything holiday related because our parents do it all, but this year we’re doing a simple little dinner on christmas eve with family. i’m keeping it v low-key because of the baby, but i’m going to cook a nice, easy dinner and i set a nice, easy table for it. 

i love natural linen, and i’m even a fan of the wrinkles on a table. i’m sure some of you can’t stand the look, but crisp linens can sometimes feel stuffy to me. i also left the napkins un-ironed — remember this is supposed to be practically effortless.

i got these plates on sale on black friday and i am so into them. the little ridge makes them feel so special to me, and our everyday flatware is so pretty it’s totally appropriate for holiday too.

i added two pillar candles and then just scattered a few votives for extra light and warmth.

and in lieu of flowers, i got one bundle of silver leaf eucalyptus from trader joes for $2.50, and just scattered branches individually down onto the table. i layered them one by one in different spots, filling in blank areas and keeping it fairly minimal so the table feels light still.

for each place setting, i trimmed a small piece of garland and placed on top of each napkin. an easy little accent, and adds an extra christmas scent.


plates / tablecloth / napkins / flatware / glasses / EUCALYPTUS

2 comments on “simple natural holiday table”

  1. There’s something about taking the time to make the atmosphere special for family and friends that gives me a little rush, yet seems peaceful at the same time. Do you find that too? I keep my tables simple so the beauty of natural elements that I always include can shine through. Connecting with nature as we celebrate makes everything more meaningful and wakes us up – even for a couple of hours – from the materialism that can creep in at this time of year.

  2. Where did you get the taller candle stick holders? You call them pillar candles in the post but they look more like tapered candles. I would like some like the holders that are holding the tall candles on the table. Thank you!

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