Host your close ones at a rustic and yet sophisticated, cozy Christmas tablescape for your holiday dinner party this year. Last weekend, I spent a few days in Mammoth Lakes (as mentioned in my bi-weekly newsletter, The List) and melted over the rich, warm wood being draped in fresh cedar and fir branches throughout the lodge we were staying at. The fire was bustling and the dark mountain sky was alit with stars. It was pure magic.
I have always loved mountain towns for this reason and savored the cozy-curl-up-in-front-of-the-fire-wear-socks-all-day-and-smell-freshly-fallen-snow feeling I get when I’m in them at this time of year. That was my inspiration for this year’s cozy Christmas tablescape. To begin, I recreated it with spiced cinnamon sticks laid on top of fresh sprigs and branches of evergreens. One can never go wrong with fresh plants. These already-assembled sprigs were $7 at Trader Joe’s–offering a piece of the beautiful, fresh outdoors for a minimal expense and the cinnamon sticks simply added to the heavenly aroma.
The old sled that I stole off the Hobby Lobby clearance rack a few years ago served as the perfect height centerpiece. Matte glass ornaments from my Christmas tree added sophistication to the rustic ensemble and extra scraps of classic, red, tartan fabric was laid down as a bold runner. Incorporating different textures, finishes, metals, woods, textiles, designs, etc. gives character to your table setting and offers less pressure of making everything “match” perfectly. This table made me feel warm, welcomed and relaxed while not sacrificing quality and taste. Mix and match pieces that you already have and enjoy the rustic and sophisticated appeal of this cozy Christmas tablescape.