A dining space is a cozy place to be together around the table. It is a place to linger, share stories, celebrate, and eat delicious meals. This year, more than ever we are embracing being home and being cozy. Jose and I went Live on Instagram to share how we created a cozy Christmas tablescape. If you missed our IG Live you can watch it here. It was so fun hanging out with all of you and answering your questions. I wanted to be sure you could get a closer look at the table here on the blog and a recap of my tips. If you are interested in any of the items featured in this post, head over to Ashley Home Store.
1. Make your dining experience special.
Moving furniture around can make your dining area feel like you are somewhere new. Set your dining table in your living room near your Christmas tree or mantle. Don’t be afraid to move things around to make the space perfect for entertaining, while keeping everyone comfortable and cozy. If you can’t move your table, try bringing more festive items around your dining area.
2. Use greenery and garland to add texture and color.
Whenever I use garland, my secret tip is to mix together both real and faux pieces. This creates a fuller garland that is custom to your home. Never take garland at face value. Play around with it until it is at it’s desired look and fluffiness. If you have time, explore your backyard or a local nature preserve and grab some interesting pieces to add in.
3. Keep it simple.
Tablescapes can get really complex if you want them to. Since we are using this table regularly, I want to keep it simple. It is super easy for us to move things out of the way and the space leaves plenty of room for eating or playing games. You can use a simple wreath centerpiece or gather greenery to mix with candles. The different textures create depth. A simple centerpiece welcomes conversation to the table because you don’t need to reach your neck around pillars to chat.
5. Add lighting…
or turn the lights off! Use the dim light of the Christmas tree, fireplace, and/or other special lighting to create mood lighting. Here I used all faux candles to create an ambiance, without needing to worry about flames during dinner. If you prefer real candles light a special candle that has a distinct scent, so you always correlate that scent with your memory.
6. Add layers.
Whether it be in a cozy rug, tablecloth, or linen napkins, adding layers through fabric can instantly make a room feel warmer. Layering is one of my favorite tips for creating a space that is cozy. All of the different textures come together to make your space feel more lived in and comfy. I also added a bunch of layers on our mantel to create a full cozy Christmas look. Here I have two garlands layered together plus bead garland, fa la la garland, and string lights.
7. Add Something Special.
Whether it is a fun game to enhance conversation or a couple of disposable cameras to document the time. Play your favorite music in the background. Who knows, everyone might break out in singing a song! Jose and I love our vintage book board games and play those regularly. Our favorite board games are Monopoly, Sequence, and Life!
I hope this helps you spark creativity when thinking about your Christmas table. Whether you’re staying home for Christmas or hosting, I wanted to share some inspiration to help make your holiday meal special for your family. If you need more ideas for your Christmas tablescape, I have so many great posts from years past here.