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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.


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  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. Kristy Lowery says:

    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!