Neutral Christmas Tablescape


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… here at the lake cottage. I am getting totally in the mood for a cozy winter season. My neutral color palette – black, white and beige creates a more quiet Christmas decor than last year’s, Nordic Christmas, punch of red palette. The neutral setting relies on layers of texture and contrast to pull it off.


Since Captain and I usually spend Christmas Eve doing last-minute touches for Christmas morning festivities, I am setting the table for a simple Night Before Christmas quiet dîner pour deux. The menu is New England clam chowder in a bread bowl, salad and lemon mint macaroons – no heavy-duty cooking. A trip to Costco and our favorite Parisian bistro will make it a no-cook evening.



In the end my holiday tablescape was budget-friendly, in fact, I spent nothing out-of-pocket. The metalware and paisley handkerchief juxtapose with fine china and silver flatware is a look I am calling “Contemporary Farmhouse” style.


My Uashmama washable “paper” bag was a gift from Italy (thanks CiCi) it’s both functional and becomes a conversation piece as part of the table decor. Isn’t it fun! It can be rolled, scrunched and shaped to hold bread, fruits & veges or a pot of fresh flowers, then tossed into the washing machine for next time. These washable bags are a little pricey, but you can make your own version using a regular brown paper bag. Try using white or colored bags too!



Here’s breakdown…

  • Burlap table runner – Walmart $8. (cut into two lengths)
  • Black paisley cotton handkerchief “napkins” – Walmart $1. ea
  • Black Placemats – DIY, $1. black poster board cut in half.
  • Tahari bone china dinner plates – Home Goods $6. each
  • Pewter dishware – from the ’80’s
  • Pewter porringer bowls – Portland, Oregon German restaurant ’80’s
  • Silver flatware – vintage mix, Ebay
  • Wine goblet – Dollar Tree, $1. ea
  • Candles, one real, one battery – wrapped with jute twine for texture.
  • Weathered wood plank, (used in previous post)
  • Washable”Paper” bread bag – (a gift from Italy) Uashmama
  • Spruce faux’liage – Michaels
  • Silver glass vintage Christmas balls
  • Pinecones, collected
  • Place card – Paper birch gift tag from Target $1./pak of 6, misc scrap of ribbon & raffia, greenery from centerpiece.



Place card –


Simple and fast to make, you will even have time to enjoy a mug of hot coco & wrap those last-minute gifts…Just loop & tie the raffia then tie ribbon and name tag to a sprig of fresh or faux greenery.

You know you’re old when…..your table for TWO needs name place cards  ; /

Thanks for Meeting Me Lakeside!

Did you notice I changed my mind again, and jumped right in with Christmas today? What can I say…I got in the Spirit of Christmas while doing this post, why wait…Pop in again next time for more Neutral Christmas Inspiration! I will be wrapping some packages and decorating the lake cottage in upcoming posts.

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