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Christmas Dining room & last minute place setting ideas

I am a huge fan of setting a beautiful table for an everyday occasion
say... like... for dinner ;)
but I am an even bigger fan of setting a table for a
special occasion like the holidays.

Whether you have a large gathering with friends and family coming
or just a couple people coming over
setting an inspired pretty table doesn't have to take hours to do.
It doesn't need to be complicated or involve lots of time and expense.
It can be as simple or as over the top as you would like.

Some of my favorite ways start with keeping a simple elegant look
in the dining room and on the table.

A garland of bay leaf branches stacked with tangerines and nuts
white dishes
gold flatware
white linen napkins
and lots of laughter and conversation.
Yes, that is on the list ;)

I love just a touch of greenery in the chandeliers

and on the chippy cupboard 

and sometimes will do a garland on the chalkboard for a festive touch for a party
or get together 

Mostly, I tend to keep it super simple
as I do in the rest of the house with a garland here and there.

and greenery tucked into the cupboard 

along with fruits and nuts and ornaments.

{I am admitting that I might be obsessed with nuts and fruit in decorating this year ;)}

Of course along with a Christmas dining room, comes place settings
and so I thought I would share a few favorites
 I love to play around and see what catches my eye.
Whether it's something simple

or simply a touch of nature.

Have fun with it and see what inspires you.

Something different?
Like a frosted pinecone

Reindeer ornaments

or personalized rustic reindeer  are all easy last minute projects 
you can make.

Off to bake a few more cookies
and start getting everything  ready for guests.
I am hoping to grab a few minutes to take some quick photos of our
Christmas table setting tomorrow 
and if so- will share them with you.

Happy Christmas Eve Eve everyone!!

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  1. Courtney,
    Always a joy to visit your, every detail is beautiful.
    Merry Christmas,

  2. Merry Christmas! You inspired my decor this year. I haven't really felt very "christmasy" but needed to do something and you gave me permission to keep it simple and still look festive. Where do you find gold flatware like that? Simply beautiful!

  3. Stunning pictures Courtney!!.....your dining room is always breathtaking and your table settings are too!!!...Merry, Merry Christmas
    to you and your family!!

  4. Gorgeous! I love all of your ideas! Merry Christmas!

  5. Hi Courtney!!!

    Your home always looks great!!!

    So inviting and cozy!!! Enjoy your family and friends!!!


  6. I love the natural look -- the greenery is the perfect touch. I can just smell the fresh scent!! Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo.