Christmas House Tour Part 1: Setting the Table

All great change in America begins at the dinner table. - Ronald Reagan

I love meals with friends and family around a table. The very first project we did in this house when we bought it was build a banquette so that we could make the most of the limited dining space we have. It was the best decision because I love packing people in and feeding them. 

We are celebrating our holidays out of town this year, but for the Christmas season, I still set the table for four imaginary people. We will surely have friends over who can enjoy this setup! 

Our dining area is nothing fancy. It's a cozy kitchen corner. So, I wanted to keep things really simple and classic. I started with that red and ivory striped runner that I picked up at Hobby Lobby last year. Then I ran a gorgeous cedar garland from Home Depot that draped all the way to the floor. I love that the table looks decked out, but there isn't anything tall obscuring your view of the person sitting across from you, 

Aren't those gold cups fabulous? They were a last minute Target find, and I think they absolutely make the tablescape. 

I added some sparkle to the garland by interspersing some metallic ornaments. 

For the place setting, I used classic Christmas dishes that we inherited from a family friend along with simple white napkins. 

I kept the theme of the red stripes consistent with the pillows on the banquette. The simple small pillows are from the dollar spot at Target, and the larger red and white stripe pillow is from Home Goods! 

I hope this tablescape puts you in the mood to host family and friends this holiday season! It doesn't have to be fancy. It doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Use what you have, serve food that you love, and make those memories.