Our Colonial Christmas Dining Room

Good morning my friends and happy 3 days before Christmas! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend. I did get some last minute shopping done, a little Christmas present wrapping, and still managed to squeeze in a couple holiday movie classics. I also started working on my table for Christmas eve which I host for my family every year.  Last week I shared with you my sister Kim's Romantic Christmas Dining Room. This week I am sharing with you our Colonial Christmas Dining Room

To achieve the colonial vibe I went back to some of my books I picked up while in Williamsburg last year. A common thread in colonial Christmas decor is the use of  lots of fresh greens and the display of fruit throughout the house.

I started by mixing things up a bit in my dining room. I decided to bring down a mirror from the upstairs hallway to place above the buffet. The blue and white plates I had hanging over the buffet were rearranged to flank the mirror, and then everything was adorned with tons of greens.

The centerpiece is just a large glass candle holder placed in a large white serving bowl which was then filled with faux apples and pears, a few pine cones and more clippings from our yard.

For the place settings I used a simple wicker mat topped with a sparkling silver charger, and then I used an assortment of white dinner plates.

The napkins were cinched with a silver ring and than a spring of arborvitae was slipped in to add some Christmas color.

The salad plates are these darling Christmas plates I picked up at Walmart for only three dollars each. I love the barn scene, it is so indicative of the area where we live. Red barns are everywhere!!

I alternated the red barn plates with the other pattern Walmart had which is this cute little woodland scene.

As you can see a traditional plaid tablecloth was used and then it was topped off with a pretty red and white table runner I purchased at Pottery Barn a few years back.

The plaid table cover was a bit short for our table and the material itself has the tendency to easily move about on the tabletop. So to remedy both issues I purchased a 9' X 6' painter's drop cloth for roughly $10, washed and ironed it, and placed it on the table first, under the paid table cloth.

Fresh greens were added to the top of our breakfront and then I made my own arborvitae garland to drape above the window. Pretty red bows accent the evergreen wreath and on each of my brushed nickle wall sconces.

And that is our dining room ready to go for Christmas 2014!

I hope these last few days before the 25th are going well for you preparation-wise, and that you have time to relax, enjoy family and friends, and reflect upon the reason for this most glorious of seasons!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

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  1. Your dining room is stunning. I love the use of the plaid and the fruit. All of your pretty greens are stunning and such lovely arrangements. I wish you and your family a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.

  2. Oh my....that is absolutely beautiful!!!
    Merry Christmas, and special blessings of the season to you and your family,

  3. Your dining room is ready! Looks beautiful. Love the dishes from WalMart.

  4. What a beautiful room! So festive and ready for Christmas. Have a wonderful holiday!

  5. Barbara, as always, so beautiful. It really has the Colonial feeling. I love those woodland dishes with the plaid and the napkins. So perfect and you are all ready for a wonderful family time. Merry Christmas to you and your family and a Happy New Year dear friend..Judy

  6. Your dining room is very pretty. Merry Christmas!

  7. Everything looks so pretty! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  8. Your dining room is absolutely gorgeous Barbara! What a wonderful spot to gather for the holidays. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  9. STUNNING Barbara and your photos are equally as stunning!! LOVE the mirror over the buffet and the way you flanked the plates on each side of it...love all that pretty greenery...and love your beautiful tablescape...it would have been easier for me to say I love it all!! Merry Christmas to you and your family my friend!

  10. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Love, love, love everything! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...


  11. Hello,
    Visiting from Amaze Me Monday. Beautiful dinner setting, love those barn plates, and you got them at Wal Mart?! How Cute!

  12. Just lovely...and Williamsburg ready!
    So pretty.


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