so this week over at the newlywoodwards my friend kim dared us to entertain. she wants to see our tables! i don’t host any major holiday dinners, so i thought i would show a few ideas for table settings for two. which, of course, could be multiplied by any number of people.

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this little table and built-in bench is in my kitchen. i cleared the decks, and started gathering! (and yes … i’m going with christmas themes. it’s been christmas around here since the first of november.)

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first up is a fun take on the traditional red and green. i got these amazing glitter houses and trees at wal-mart for a buck! score! i used them in my dining room for a display (which i’ll show you another time). i’m a big fan of all things glittery!

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paired with fiestaware, place mats from the gift shoppe and my glitter trees … i think it looks pretty darn festive and fun!

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next up is a bit of rustic glamour! burlap makes a quick table cloth (great minds think alike – kim used a burlap piece in her table setting!). a twig star painted red adds some holiday cheer.

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hobnail mercury glass and glittery pine adds sparkle and glamour! i love the mix of rustic and glamour.

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and for the third and final setting …. {thrifty} holiday elegance.


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you remember the tree i painted white. i also found this metal candelabra at goodwill for a buck which i painted white and topped it with some vintage red glass ornaments (also from goodwill) instead of candles.



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no tablecloth necessary with these beautiful ivory, gold and red place mats.



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and a few cupcakes under glass cloches complete the look.

i hope you enjoyed my settings. do you have a favorite? if you want to see more amazing table settings, be sure to head over to newlywoodwards. have a table setting of your own? be sure to link it up!



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  • Erin @ Domestic Adventure at

    The second one is my favorite, but I love all three. The idea of using ornaments instead of candles on the candleabra is just genius!

  • Amanda @ Little House on the Corner at

    Wow, three settings!! You have some great items in your gift shop! They are all really terrific, but I think I like rustic glamour the best. It’s understated but still has sparkle! Very nice job.

  • Cindy at

    I’m loving the first one for the color & I :want: those placemats…but my FAVE is the 2nd one, it’s just the right mix of rustic & glamour !!!

  • Cindy @The Flipping Couple at

    Wow, beautiful! I love the idea of using ornaments instead of candles. Such a fun mix of ideas.

  • Shannon at

    Seriously Michael??? Seriously? Three? You’re insane. and amazing. I love the rustic star but I think the cupcake cloches (bad pun alert) take the cake for me.

  • Danielle at

    Your built-in seating is to die for! I love all three arrangements!

  • Oonafey at

    The second one is my favorite, but I really love the glitter houses and trees, too!

  • Real Housewife in MN at

    The red twig-star is adorable. Such a classic look!

  • { L } at

    You’re great at putting tables together! These all 3 look amazing. LOVE the middle one!

  • LizzieBeth at

    Ahhh, so you are the guy who is always first to comment on Kim’s blog. You’re a beast, dude.

    Anyway, hello from Lizzie in Progress! I meandered over from the DIY party, and lawdy am I glad I did. I am L.O.V.I.N that second set up– the burlap with the glitter? I die.

    Good work!

  • Mrs. Adventure at

    THREE? I seriously heart you, I love each and everyone of them!

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    I love all your table settings, as I knew I would. My favorite is probably the first with the red and bright green. I’m a fan of that color combo, and esp. that Fiestaware bright green. Adorable.

    Thanks for linking up this week!

  • Emily at

    Oh my gosh – your built-in seating. This is our next project and I can’t wait – especially now that I’ve seen yours. I love your tablescape too, it’s so festive and fun. I’m on my way over…hope you’re ready for uninvited guests (who are also strangers) :).

  • simpledaisy at

    Ooh…I love them both!!!
    So festive:)

  • Grace @ Sense and Simplicity at

    I love all three table settings, but my fave is the last one – love the simplicity with the pops of red. Great ideas. I hope you set your table like one of those just for yourself during the holidays.

  • *claire* at

    wow. those are allll gorgeous! you definitely have a skill there!

  • Kimberly at

    Wonderful displays!

  • miamihoney at

    I love them all but the thrifted holiday is my fave! You are so creative and resourceful. I am glad that Kim sent me your way.

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