12 Floral Christmas Tablescapes to ‘Wow’ Family and Friends

In Floral Design by Kyla Helgeson4 Comments

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With Christmas, only a week away, are you hosting family for Christmas lunch or friends for a Christmas party?  Did you put your hand up eagerly, sheepishly or is it just simply your turn?  Whatever the case, if you are anything like me you breathe deeply at the thought of all the cleaning and getting things ready around the house for guests, but also delight and relish the opportunity to be creative and display gorgeous florals. 

For me I think the table is always the most important.  I love to create beautiful festive tablescapes.  Tablescapes can be created using a wide variety of items, fresh flowers, foliage, succulents, fruits, decorations, the list is endless. 

Here are 12 festive floral tablescapes that are simple, effective and will ‘wow’ your family and friends.

Go Green

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Simple green and white is such an elegant colour palette for a festive table.  Green can be the base with foliage and even green flowers, think blooms like Queen Anne’s lace and green hydrangea, with simple white blooms, like roses or daisies.  Here this tablescape has been created using different sized vessels running down the middle of the table in groupings, each filled with a few blooms.  The highlight colour of yellow adds a little interest.

Green Garden Christmas Tablescape | Image by Julia Franzosa

Green Garden Christmas Tablescape | Image by Julia Franzosa

Ferns are so on trend at the moment.  So, you could keep it really simple, and really cost effective by simply having fern running the length of the table to look like a garland.  A single fern on each person’s place setting is a lovely touch and accenting the design with candles adds a bit of warmth and romance.

Simple Festive Fern | Image by Jessica Weiser | Florals by Wild Folk Studio

Simple Festive Fern | Image by Jessica Weiser | Florals by Wild Folk Studio

Here is a similar example but this time using a combination of fern and magnolia foliage.  It just shows that this look can be created using whatever foliage is available to you.  For a design, such as this where the foliage is placed directly on the table and not in water, best to create it last minute on the day, particularly if your table is outside or on a hot Christmas day.

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Magnolia Foliage Tablescape | Image by Cambria Grace Photography | Floral Design by Pollen Floral Design

Magnolia Foliage Tablescape | Image by Cambria Grace Photography | Floral Design by Pollen Floral Design

Traditional Red with a Twist

Red is such a popular choice for decorating Christmas tables.  It is often paired with green and white, but have you ever considered creating a Christmas table with a little twist?  Perhaps you have a blue table cloth or runner left over from a child’s birthday party, why not use it again for Christmas?  Use blue as your base, blue flowers like sea holly, delphinium and blue hydrangea, mixed in with red blooms for Christmas cheer.  Adding silver to this tablescape, silver lanterns, silver candle holders, silver baubles will create a festive feel that is a little different.

Blue and Red Tablescape | Image by Melody Melikian Photography | Florals by Tic Tock Couture Florals and Event Styling

Blue and Red Tablescape | Image by Melody Melikian Photography | Florals by
Tic Tock Couture Florals and Event Styling

If you do have red elements around your house, be it vases or other decorative objects, use them on your Christmas table.  You could splurge on one fantastic floral arrangement in the middle of the table and layer the table to create a luxe look with decorative plates, napkins and glasses.

Red Luxe Christmas Tablescape | Floral Design by Blush And Bloom | Image by Scarlet O'Neill Photography

Red Luxe Christmas Tablescape | Floral Design by Blush And Bloom | Image by Scarlet O’Neill Photography

Here is a very glamorous Christmas table that uses black, white and gold as its base and then throws in red, pink and green blooms to make the look pop.  Black may not be a traditional look for a Christmas setting, but again, use what you have in your decor already and just add another layer to make it festive. 

Black, White and Red Christmas Table | Image by Collin Pierson Photography | Florals by Exquisite Designs, Inc.

Black, White and Red Christmas Table | Image by Collin Pierson Photography | Florals by Exquisite Designs, Inc.

Eclectic Relaxed Vibes

I love this relaxed setting and the idea that Christmas lunch could be served on a low table with guests sitting on cushions on the floor.  A great solution to those who don’t have enough chairs for all your guests!  It’s also an easy transition from huge meal in the middle of the day to afternoon nap!  The floral design and even the placement of the knives and forks at this table give a relaxed holiday vibe.

Eclectic Christmas Tablescape | Image by Heather Kinkel | Floral Design by Bask And Terra

Eclectic Christmas Tablescape | Image by Heather Kinkel | Floral Design by Bask And Terra

Another relaxed idea for decorating a table is reusing all the leftover Christmas ribbons, twine and decorations.  They can complement a beautiful floral feature and help extend its grandeur with these groupings of different decorative elements.  Place items in pretty bowls and connect the design with sparkly tinsel.

Decorative Floral Tablescape | Image by Bring To Light Photography | Flowers by Little Flower Cottage

Decorative Floral Tablescape | Image by Bring To Light Photography | Flowers by Little Flower Cottage

This outdoor tablescape is fun and festive.  This one says Australian summer Christmas to me.  Cut the tops off a few pineapples, hollow them out using the pineapple to make yummy drinks.  Then add a few colourful blooms, tropical birds of paradise would hold up well in the heat.  I also love the way a single large monsteria leaf has been used as each guest’s placement.  So simple and effective.

Pineapple Floral Table Arrangements | Image by Stephanie Elliott Photography | Floral Design by Nielsen's Florist

Pineapple Floral Table Arrangements | Image by Stephanie Elliott Photography | Floral Design by Nielsen’s Florist

Simple and Sweet

Now to a few more simple ideas that looks great and are cost effective too.  Perhaps you have a garden with succulents that can be cut and potted, then placed along the table.  These will hold up beautifully on an outdoor table.  You could even use them as place settings adding a little ribbon and tag for each guest’s name.  They would make great gifts for your guests too.

Succulent Tablescape | Image by One Eleven Photography | Floral Design by Twink + Sis

Succulent Tablescape | Image by One Eleven Photography | Floral Design by Twink + Sis

What could be more simple and environmentally friendly than decorating your table with something as simple as pinecones.  Take a walk in your local area and you might find a park with some laying on the ground.  You would only need a handful some twine and candles scattered down the table to create this look. 

Simple Pine Cone Tablescape | Image by Brumley & Wells | Event Design by Celeste Greene: Sustainable Event Design

Simple Pine Cone Tablescape | Image by Brumley & Wells | Event Design by Celeste Greene: Sustainable Event Design

This is a very pretty table setting that could be created in any colour using any seasonal blooms.  This look would only need a few small bunches of different flower varieties and branches or berries.  Use one or two stems per vessel and scatter along the table.  The white and pastel tones do create a pretty palette for Christmas and you could reuse this look after placing the vases in any spot in your house.

Simple Christmas Tablescape | Image by Kate Osborne Photo | Floral Design Decoration, Inc - Amanda Hansen

Simple Christmas Tablescape | Image by Kate Osborne Photo | Floral Design Decoration, Inc – Amanda Hansen

How are you decorating your Christmas table?  Do you love traditional red and green tablescapes?  Or have you been inspired to try something different this year?  Happy creating!

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Kyla Helgeson is one Australia's top wedding florists operating as The White Orchid Floral Design. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Kyla has studied in New York and is a former finalist in Tesselaars floristry competition. In 2015 Kyla joined the Tesselaars marketing team as our floral content advisor and has since authored over 50 popular floral style blogs.

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  1. All beautiful. All very well if you have a maid to serve the meal but no room for food for serve yourself diners ! as most families do at Christmas.

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