Pretty, Rustic Style for Christmas

Refectory table, plain glass, roses, simple and chic

Refectory style table, roses, and candles - simple and chic

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a Christmas dinner hosted by House of Fraser and their table was so pretty I just had to share.

Refectory table, plain glass, roses, simple and chic

The long refectory-style table was left bare ofย a table cloth, and the weathered wood no doubt was the inspiration for the rest of the decorations. Vases of roses and winter berries added a very festive touch, but the rest of the accessories were simple and rustic. Details such as plain glass candle holders, white cards with hand-written names, and cutlery and napkins tied up with string and a sprig of rosemary were the order of the day. And beside each plate was a notebook and pencil to take home. If you were doing this at home, I’d suggest a little gift, wrapped in brown paper and tied with a velvet ribbon to match the red roses.

Simple and chic - cutlery and napkins tied with string and decorated with a sprig of rosemary

And it would be so easy to do this at home with things you probably already have. Roses are expensive at this time of the year but a vase of eucalyptus or other green foliage would look equally fabulous.

Vases of gorgeous roses and winter berries

But we didn’t just eat.

Gift wrapping without sticky tape

Activities included origami wrapping. In other words how to wrap a gift without using any cellotape. Believe me it’s possible but if you want extra proof there is a video here.

Natural foliage smells wonderful

And we also made a door wreath. Fuelled by prosecco. With varying degrees of success (I think I could have done better). Mine however,ย is hanging on my front door. And the smell that permeated the room while this was going on was enough to make us rush home and fill all our vases with branches of Norwegian spruce.

Fill vases with dried flowers and greenery

So if you are feeling the pressure of shopping, wrapping, cleaning, decorating, cooking and every other chore that means we are a week away from Christmas. My advice to you is, have a glass of prosecco. And RELAX.

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10 Comments

  1. Reply

    Jane

    January 4, 2017

    Beautiful decoration ideas for the festive season! The earthiness and natural choice in these decorations makes the house and rooms appear very warm and welcoming – so even though they may not be your classic Christmas decorations, they certainly fit the spirit of Christmas.

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      deardesigner

      January 4, 2017

      Glad you like them Jane ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Antonia Ludden

    December 16, 2016

    Fabulous table styling, I really like that – thanks for sharing! x

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      December 18, 2016

      Me too Antonia. Have a lovely Christmas x

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    Kimberly Duran

    December 16, 2016

    Oh it’s all so pretty! Sounds like a fab event! I want to try my hand at making my own wreath next year – we’ll see if I manage ๐Ÿ˜‰ xxx

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      deardesigner

      December 16, 2016

      It was actually quite easy ๐Ÿ™‚ Even I could do it. x

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    Candy Pop

    December 16, 2016

    This is beautiful and so cosy. I love the ‘ready or not’ notebook – cute! x

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      deardesigner

      December 16, 2016

      Isn’t it. I’m saving the notebook for January 1st ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Oldfashionedsusie

    December 16, 2016

    Some easily adapted ideas here Carole! Looks like a lovely event too

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      deardesigner

      December 16, 2016

      Yes I thought so and it looked so pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

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