This post about my MacKenzie-Childs Christmas tablescape is sponsored by MacKenzie-Childs. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This time of year there’s nothing like a good festive tablescape to kick off the holly holiday season. Instead of going out, a small group of friends and I have been staying in, having dinner parties, and playing board games. The fun part about having dinner parties is designing the tablescape. So today I’m sharing my 4 steps to a festive tablescape as well as my fun collaboration with MacKenzie-Childs!
A Festive MacKenzie-Childs Christmas Tablescape
Step 1: Garland
Normally tablescapes start with table linens. I avoid formal linens since they’re a pain to clean and sometimes make cleaning up harder. When I’m done I just like to wipe the table down and continue with the holiday merriment!
The first thing I start with when building a tablescape is a garland. If you have a rectangular table it’s a great piece to go down the middle and break up the table. My kitchen table is square so I put it diagonally down the table. It adds great texture and can incorporate colors and themes that you’ll continue to use on your table. You could also use this on your tree in place of an ornament since the garland already has some decorative pieces.
Step 2: Centerpiece
The next thing you need to add to your table is a centerpiece. Most of the time I end up moving the centerpiece off while we’re eating so you can see the person across from you. In the garland, there’s the classic MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check, so this reindeer candelabra ties right in!
This is honestly my favorite part of the table. It’s such a dramatic piece and makes a festive statement. If a centerpiece is too much try cutting boards decorative enough to go with the rest of the table or the Buckingham Nutcracker.
Step 3: Plates
While the MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check and Royal Check Chargers and Dinner Plates are on my Christmas list, I needed something subtle for today’s table. The garland and candelabra are the main focuses of the table so I just added some simple green plates. They match the color of the garland and are still festive without being too much. I figure a dash of green is better than too much black and white. Also, make sure to put some paper napkins next to your plates!
Step 4: Fill In the Table
You have the three major things, so let’s start filling in some space! Red is a natural choice for napkins so we add four of those, some gold (or vintage silver) flatware, the MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Wine Glasses, and Reindeer Mugs. I always have options for glassware because not everybody drinks and someone may prefer coffee with the meal. The final piece is the Santa Nutcracker Cookie Plate. I use this on all holiday tables for cookies but also for bread, appetizers, or charcuterie.
If you want a more intimate setting add some candles or a winter bouquet of flowers.
Don’t be frustrated if your tablescape takes a few tries to get together. Have some patience and don’t be afraid to move things around.
Of course, this wasn’t my first introduction to the brand. MacKenzie-Childs’ most well-known piece is their Courtly Check Tea Kettle. If you watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you probably have seen it in their kitchens. My grandmother had one of these teapots for years and remembers it being a staple in her kitchen. When she died it was passed down to my mom, and now I see it at her house.
Having that memory in the back of my mind, inspired me when I was decorating my house and figuring out my design style. I always gravitate toward black and white Courtly Check because it reminds me of home. I’m looking forward to collecting my own MacKenzie-Childs pieces and passing them down to a daughter or niece one day!