The holidays may look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean our Christmas table needs to look any different than if we were hosting a big holiday dinner.
And you know Bubbly Side of Life is here for all the fun, festive bubbly cocktails and food, so we turned to Mara from Joyful Hostess to help with the fun, festive Christmas table ideas that will be sure to add a bit more bubbly to your holiday!
Meet Mara, THE Joyful Hostess
Mara is the founder of Joyful Hostess and she shares all sorts of hosting tips, DIYs and cocktails (which I always tease her need to be bubbly-ized) on her website. And she is from one of my most favorite places to visit and bubbly taste, Canada!
Mara and I met on Instagram (@joyfulhostess) and I truly love following along on everything she does and hope that one day she can do all these projects for me (you saw the extent of my DIY ability with my DIY cork garland!).
Christmas Table Ideas
When it comes to Christmas table ideas – there really is no shortage of inspiration. You can look to be inspired by colour, by nature, by …the wine cellar?
That’s right, for this year’s holiday table décor – we didn’t need to look any further than those bottles of bubbly. We created Christmas table settings for Champagne, Rosé and one based on the “Bubbly Side of Life” wine labels.
Pop the Champagne
This Christmas table theme was all about being gold, glittery and a touch more traditional. Because we really wanted the gold chargers and the gold design of the china to stand out, we didn’t use a tablecloth. Instead, we chose to let the dark wood of the table serve as a background.
The centrepiece started with a table runner of natural linen (with hints of gold thread) on which we lay 2 evergreen swags. These we dressed up with sparkly ornaments, sprigs and golden pears. The glittery hurricane vase with a battery-operated candle and fairy lights provided the ever important twinkle and soft glow.
The Place Setting
Because we really wanted the gold colours to really pop (pun intended ), we didn’t use a tablecloth. Instead, we chose to let the dark wood of the table serve as a background and it really made the place setting stand out. To help make guests feel special, we used small gilded frames as place card holders, and a special chocolate treat (in the shape of champagne bottles !)
Joyful Hostess Tip: Instead of writing names, you could use an actual picture of your guest at each place setting.
Pretty in Rosé
This Christmas table décor was all about being pretty in pink …or rosé. The idea was to create holiday décor that would feel fun, festive and flirty!
This tablecloth’s swirly design was the perfect base because it looked like spilled blush wine (the horror, I know). Down the centre of the table, we loosely wove together some faux fur and sparkly netting.
We scattered pink and gold ornaments and to keep it from being overly sweet, a few contrasting pops of blue.
To create height, we put the sparkly gold tree on a small cake plate stand.
The Place Setting
Because the tablecloth had such a bold design, we kept the place setting rather simple by using white plates and rosy buffalo plaid charger plates (picked up at spring clearance sale).
We topped off each place setting with a pink Christmas cracker. These are so entertaining and nowadays, you can find them in just about any colour combo to match your Christmas table décor.
Joyful Hostess tip: Take advantage of seasonal clearance sales to find items that you can use at Christmas (i.e. ribbon, candles, vases etc.) My fave finds: black and purple at Halloween, pastels at Easter and red and white at 4th of July or Canada Day.
Ice Blue and Bubbly Christmas
The inspiration for this Christmas table setting came from the Bubbly Side of Life wine labels. The colours and the snowflake design brought to mind an arctic winter wonderland – the kind where the ice is a light shade of blue.
On a simple blue tablecloth, we laid large snowflake decorations end to end to create a table runner. This polar bear made the ideal centrepiece in helping to convey the icy, winter theme (I mean, who doesn’t think polar bear when they think arctic?!)
Next, we scattered various Christmas ornaments in shades of blue and silver down the length of the table, added a string of fairy lights and finished with a dusting of fake snow. To help create visual interest and extra lighting we added votives and tall taper candles in simple silver holders.
The Place Setting
To keep the décor modern, we opted to keep the place setting simple using white plates and a small ornament on top to tie it all together.
Joyful Hostess Tip – to help keep your taper candles from falling over, heat the bottoms of the candle gently (until soft). Place in the holders while ends are warm and the candles will mold to shape of candle holder when cooled (helping them stay put).
All that’s left now is to pour the wine! Cheers my friends, and may all your hours be happy!
First of all, thank you so much to Mara for these awesome Christmas table ideas to really create that special holiday feeling. Give Mara a follow on Instagram and check out her blog for even more hostess ideas.
Mara and I also put together the Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide with 10 Hostess tips and a completely re-vamped Thanksgiving menu with every dish prepared with bubbly. Now, we know Thanksgiving has long past, but if you want to get your hands on The Joyful Hostess Top 10 Tips, you can access it right here.