Neutral Holiday Tablescape

Neutral Holiday Tablescape

Christmas Tablescapes

Well, here I am doing a 12 Days of Christmas blogger tour thing with some seriously skilled DIY bloggers.

Jen Woodhouse from The House of Wood, is hosting this tour of 12 Christmas tablescapes, and I still can’t believe I’m in a photo collage with these awesome people.  That’s me with the weird grin in the upper left corner.  My name’s Pauline.  Hi. 🙂

Be sure to visit the previous 9 days, and see who matches up with your personal holiday style.

Now, on with the show…

Have you ever been invited to do a tablescape?

This was my first time, so I was a little nervous.  Plus, I didn’t have a table to do a scape on.

Actually, I have a dining table, but it looks like this:

painted on table

I sent that image/message to my husband a couple years ago, when I tried to clean this table off.

So like I said, I didn’t have a table to dress up and be worthy of this invitation.

Which leads me down a typical path of Pauline endeavors: I had to build a new table.

View the table build

Fast forward a week, table built.

This is pretty much what I had to work with, dish-wise.

I might as well explain the big elephant on the table… the big white  “+” inlay.  My husband’s grandparents immigrated from Switzerland, so there’s a love of all things Swiss going on in that heart of his.  Since I am not a fan of the color red, I didn’t paint the table red.  I’m not that kind of girl.  Thus, the table is “Swiss Inspired”, and not a flag table.

Moving on, let’s talk about the dishes.  They were a gift from my mother-in-law, and I’m not sure where the fourth bowl is…  (my fault)

Four plates, three bowls.  Sounds about right for me.

holiday table setting

I feel like this is a good time to warn you, that what you are about to see is my reality.

I can’t wow you with proper place settings, or even any hint of.. you know,.. food.

I’m not just sharing my personal preference for neutral everything, I’m exposing one of my many weaknesses:  I’m lousy at anything that is borderline food-prep.  (I consider setting a table, borderline food prep.)

That being said, when I was invited to be involved in Jen’s tablescapes tour, of course I accepted because I’d be crazy not to, right?  My hope is that there is someone like me out there, and they like to look at less sometimes.

Dining minimalists.

table setting

I found a tablecloth, along with three napkins.  I’m gonna go ahead and say I planned it that way, because remember?.. Three bowls.

You’ll notice my floor, that is actually a concrete sub-floor.  We found it when we removed the carpet three years ago after a water softener malfunction that resulted in a small flood.  Someday I’ll get new flooring or do something nice to it, but for the last three years all we’ve done is walk on it, so I don’t really see the rush…

In this next photo, I added a basket tray, some neutral Christmas bulbs, and two mugs because I must be down to just two dinner guests now.

christmas tablescape

I also hung up some snowflakes that I recently posted about, and that’s my faux brick wall art in the background.


This next photo is hilarious to me, because my husband told me to turn the Santa Claus around, but I forgot.

Ha ha ha ha ha!!!  (Can you see it? Totally facing the wall.  He’s not having any of this.)  Ha!


(So much unfinished-ness going on in my home, so little time.)

Christmas decor snowflakes

So there it is.  My version of simple dining.  No need for cutlery, or chairs.  We feel closer as a family when we go without things.

Actually, we eat our microwave pizza on the couch.

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to check out the other great blogs. 🙂

Neutral Holiday Tablescape


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