Monday 5 December 2011

My Super Simple Christmas Table

This year I decided to keep my table setting simple.
Very simple.

In the past, I have done more elaborate centerpieces with varying heights, sparkly fabric, glittery reindeer and lots of little tealights. It was pretty and I loved it, but this year I wanted simple...maybe even a little farmhousy.

I remembered a pile of red and white vintage tea towel fabric that was at one time a part of my grandma's "stash"...can you believe I've been hauling meters of this fabric around for sixteen years!
I thought it would work perfectly with the color scheme I have going in the kitchen!

It couldn't have been easier to whip up a runner....a simple half inch fold and fold over again....

...and stitch up the hem...

I love the simplicity of this look.
And I love that the fabric belonged to my grandma even more.

My centerpiece this year is full of old memories and nostalgia.
 I have fond memories of lighting a candle each advent Sunday as a child and I loved the idea of creating the same tradition and memories for my own children.  
So I created a very simple candlescape with four pillar candles and some pine sprays sprinkled with
red and white berries on a white cake pedestal.

There's nothing quite like the warmth of flickering candles while you eat your meal together as a family!
My setting may not be grand or opulent, but it's perfect for our simple kitchen decor this year!

The Lettered Cottage


  1. I love your simple take. That runner is perfect and how lovely that they are from your grandmother's stash.

  2. This is so great! I love the festive simplicity :-)

  3. Your centerpiece is very pretty. The memories add that touch of what Christmas is about.

    Have a great week.

  4. I love the simplicity of your table and the memories it brings.

  5. Hey! I have a tea towel in that fabric! Only thing is it's looking a bit old now and should probably move to the dust rag pile. :(

  6. This is so pretty. I, personally, am a sucker for anything sentimental. With that being said, this might be my FAVORITE Christmas decor I've seen in bloggy-world so far! :) I love things that are pretty, but I adore things that are pretty and meaningful. Thank you for sharing! It's breathtaking.

  7. I love the simplicity of it. Very pretty.

  8. Hi Evie. Your place is looking lovely! My computer died, so I haven't been blogging and finally got caught up on your blog. Love your wreath and those lolly ornaments, too stinkin' cute!! Can't wait to see the whole tree. =)

    Hope all is well with you and the family. Winter is here. : ( Oh well. Whatcha gonna do? lol Have a great week!

    ~ Catie

  9. Love the 'super simple'. Less is totally more, especially with that gorgeous fabric.

  10. Love the simplicity of your table decor! It is so charming!

  11. Simplicity is beauty...thanks for sharing!

  12. Simple and Beautiful! Love the centerpiece!

  13. Evie, thanks so much for popping by and adding to our Pin'Inspiration Party.

  14. Simple and very pretty. I really like it.

  15. The simplicity is so classic! And the story of your tea towels is so magical! I'm so glad to have found your blog!!!

    I'm joining 8 bloggers in hosting Blogging Around the Christmas Tree Party and today’s feature is Christmas Scapes at my place! I’d love to have you join up, the party is just beginning!

    XO, Aimee from

  16. It's stunning! It doesn't always need to be color, color ... SPLASH! Your table looks right at home and elegant in it's simplicity!

    Visiting from Flaunt It Friday at Chic on a Shoestring linky party,
    Smiles and thanks for sharing :D
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois


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