Nature Inspired Christmas Table

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Being away from family has definitely taken a toll on us this year. That makes it even more important for me to set a special table for the holidays. It’s the little things like a pretty table setting that bring joy. Today I am joining the Christmas Tablescape Tour put on by Bre of Rooms For Rent. If this is your first time visiting my blog, welcome, I’m so happy to have you here! My belief is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to create a beautiful home. I love finding ways to get the look for less as well as sharing attainable DIY projects. I had a great time putting together this nature inspired Christmas table for you guys. Be sure to visit all the bloggers linked at the end of this post for even more inspiration.

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neutral modern Christmas tablescape
California casual Christmas table


For this year’s Christmas table I found inspiration from leaves. My faux olive tree made its way into our dining room to make room for the Christmas tree. The green leaves were so pretty next to all of the wood tones in here. Then I thought about magnolia leaves and how the deep green of the front paired with the brown of the back is just so beautiful to me. When we get to redoing our landscape, a magnolia is top of our list. These faux magnolia stems served as my base for the table and I gathered items that would pair well with the greens and browns.

neutral christmas dining room
magnolia Christmas centerpiece
faux olive tree

Greenery + Candles

To create the centerpiece I layered faux magnolia stems with real seeded eucalyptus. The eucalyptus was mainly added to help conceal the faux stems of the magnolia, but the additional color of green and those awesome seeds make it a lot more interesting looking. Since the greenery is so low I used three of my favorite vintage brass candlesticks and plain white tapers to add a little height.

magnolia and eucalyptus centerpiece
modern neutral Christmas tablescape

Table Linens

I found this block print tablecloth maybe two years and fell hard for it even though it was too small for our table. I couldn’t walk away from it so I bought two! Laying side by side they work perfectly. The casual print gives some interest without being overwhelming.

neutral block print tablecloth
green and brown tablescape

These large linen napkins make me so happy! They are the most beautiful green color. I’ve had my eyes on these napkins for quite some time so I ended up picking them up for this table. I foresee these having a long a well used life throughout the year.

neutral modern placesetting

Napkin Rings

An item I have never owned are napkin rings. The ones I’m drawn to are usually too expensive so I’ve never pulled the trigger on them. But, you can be even more creative without them. This year I used a set of vintage bells that my mom gave me. You guys, I love these bells so much!! Each one is different. The bells were tied to a brown velvet ribbon (they actually used to be ribbon belts for my bridesmaid dresses) and then knotted around the napkins.

green linen napkin
Christmas bell napkin ring

Dinnerware + Flatware

My go to with the last several tables I’ve created have been our plain white dinnerware and vintage mid-century flatware. Plain white dinnerware is just so versatile and can easily be dressed up or down. Someday I want to have a collection of salad plates that I can use with the dinner plates for different looks.

simple neutral Christmas table 2020
nature inspired Christmas table

Glasses + Mugs

These water goblets were found at my father-in-laws house. It’s a very common vintage glass, but I love the sparkle and texture it add to the table. To mix up the metals a little more I brought out our copper Moscow mule mugs. They look gorgeous at the table and who doesn’t love a mule?! A pomegranate or cranberry mule with a sprig of rosemary is so delicious. Of course the kids won’t have alcohol at their settings. I’ll fill their copper mugs with spiced or sparkling cider so they feel fancy.

rustic Christmas tablesetting
holiday Moscow mule

Organic Serving Pieces

When doing all neutral tables you want to bring in as much warmth and texture as you can. This will give you that California casual feel we all love. I like to use serving pieces that are organic like this wood tray and marble bowl. The bowl is from my mortal pestle, but it’s the perfect size for serving spreads or dips.

neutral Christmas tablescape
fig and goat cheese appetizer
minimal Christmas table decor


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More Table Tours!

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting my nature inspired Christmas table! I hope you find even more inspiration by checking out the other bloggers below on the Christmas Tablescape Tour.

Festive Christmas Tablescape | Rooms for Rent

Cozy Holiday Tablescape | Maison de Cinq

Special Christmas Table| Almafied

Nature Inspired Christmas Table | Crazy Wonderful

Simple Blue Christmas Tablescape | Nina Hendrick

Blue + White China Christmas Table | Designthusiasm

Holiday Housewalk Tablescape | Jennifer Rizzo

Easy Holiday Table | Maison de Pax

A Small Holiday Get-Together | Shabbyfufu

Layered Holiday Tablescape | My Sweet Savannah


  1. Rachel Paxton Avatar

    I love the touch of the copper mug! Beautiful!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thank you, Rachel! It was a last minute addition that I’m so glad I went for.

  2. Alma Avatar

    Loving the mix of faux magnolia leaves and seeded eucalyptus! The copper Moscow mule mugs are the perfect touch!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I need a Magnolia planted in our yard ASAP!

  3. Cassie Bustamante Avatar

    you are queen of the tables!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      They are so fun to put together!

  4. Pamela Avatar

    This year is sentimental for many reason, but thanks for repurposing the bells. Good memory for me of Christmas past as a little girl buying 1 bell a week at a neighborhood drug store in the 50’s. Treasures for sure.
    I know your back story on so many of your pieces and this year needs this type of table. Beautiful and stylish but full of great memories. Since we cannot be together this keeps memories of those we have loved vivid and precious in our hearts.
    Love you sweetie.💞❄🎄

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Those bells are even more special to me now, mom! Wish you were here!!

  5. Sheila Avatar

    I just adore magnolia leaves at the holidays! And the green napkins and little bells at each place setting really make it special!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!


    1. Shelley Avatar

      They are just some of the prettiest leaves! And you can’t beat the gorgeous white blooms. Happy Holidays to you too, Sheila!

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