Setting the (Christmas) table

When the holidays roll around, I love to decorate my home-away-from-home. It simply doesn’t feel like the most wonderful time of the year without a few stockings adorning the mantlepiece and the fake tree standing at a glorious 5 feet and 4 inches (a mere few inches taller than myself…ahem). Even though it’s not like having a real tree, the fake one at least gives that sparkle and brightness to the living room and a pine scented candle can work wonders.

This year, however, is my first time moving the christmas decorating from the living room. . .  into a dining room. At first, I thought what on earth can I decorate this space with?  Although Jess’s Tiny Holiday Touches does the trick for the social parlour, what about the dining room and a massive dining table? I was terrified to end up plonking a nativity scene in the middle and be done with it. I thought no, there must be a better, more creative way to set the table for Christmas. I am hosting the book club Christmas party next weekend (yes, that’s right, I’m in a book club and book club celebrates christmas too, folks) and I needed to find something subtle, classic and festive to dress my naked table. I checked a few of my favourite fashion/home decor sites and found the inspiration I was seeking. With Meghan’s help, we scoured the dollar store and Wal-mart and spent a grand total of $35 on a classic dining room Christmas set up.

Here are a few different ways to dress up your table for the holiday season, including my own (nearly) finished product:


 With my own set up, I knew I was working with brown dishware and warm hues in wall colour and furniture, so gold decor was a safe bet but it turned out to be quite beautiful…


I am searching for a splash of colour that could be added with napkins or candles. . . Any suggestions?

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About Kate Lalumiere

After studying wine and spending years in the food service industry, Kate is nutshell's designated food and wine aficionado. Her posts take on the foodie-sphere one restaurant at a time, exposing some of the hottest spots to satiate the ol' buds ! Her favourite restaurants usually include: innovative menus, sustainable & local produce and unparalleled hospitality. Although Kate has a keen ear for food buzz in the National Capital, you'll also find her weighing in on fashion, music and anything that peaks her interest! ** Favourite Restaurant (Ottawa) : Supply & Demand • Wine of Choice: Every wine • Favourite Band: The National • Bad Habit: Being a backseat driver• Favourite Song: Wild Horses • Fashion Icon: Olivia Palermo • Favourite Movie: The Sandlot • Favourite TV Series: Gossip Girl (sue me!) • Sport: Football (to watch and play) • Team: Arizona Cardinals • Blackberry or Iphone: Iphone • Favourite Book: The Sun Also Rises, The Cat's Table, The Bell Jar, On the Road... • ** To ask Kate a question about food, wine or anything else contact her at :

2 thoughts on “Setting the (Christmas) table

  1. Cobalt is really hot this season and might give you the added pop of colour you’re looking for. I also think teal or aubergine might be nice. Looking forward to seeing this finished product on Sunday!

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