It’s A Merry Red and Gold Christmas Tablescape

It’s a wonderful time of the time – for decorating and sharing, for being with friends and family. Nothing is more festive at Christmas than sharing a meal around a merry red and gold Christmas tablescape.

Beautiful tablescapes provide magic at Christmas. What pulls this Christmas tablescape all together is the color scheme; it’s a red and gold Christmas tablescape for this year.

Do you have a theme for your Christmas table? A color scheme? Favorite dishes, a favorite tablecloth, an heirloom you put out every year? Or do you choose all-new elements for your table?

Our table is a mix of old and new, long-time favorites, and a few vintage finds.

Dinner Party with a Merry Red and Gold Christmas Tablescape

I’m excited to share this merry red and gold Christmas tablescape as part of our monthly Pinterest Challenge, hosted by Cindy of County Road 407. Cindy is all about easy and fun.

Here is the inspiration image from Kelly Nan that Cindy chose. Isn’t this a magical scene? The candles provide the table light that casts a lovely glow.

lighted tablescape

Everyone is sharing a Christmas tablescape lit for an evening celebration. Are you joining me from my friend Laura of Decor to Adore? Laura is sharing a prairie-style tablescape you will adore.

And what is so extra special about this table? It’s one of my favorite tablescapes. Our red and gold tablescape was the setting for a Christmas dinner party on Saturday night. We had three couples coming for a Christmas dinner that was not just fun and festive, but beautiful as well.

Designing My Red and Gold Tablescape

My inspiration for the tablescape was the Christmas vignette that I made for our entry commode. After enjoying it for several days, I decided that it would be better served as our Christmas tablescape centerpiece.

entry vignette in gold and green

I moved it to the center of the dining room table and the red and gold Christmas tablescape was easy to put together from that starting point.

TIP: a centerpiece for a tablescape is one inspirational possibility. Others could be your dishes, a favorite ornament, or a new decoration.

I changed up the oblong brass tray just a bit.

gold Christmas tablescape centerpieces

I left one of the tall gold bottle brush Christmas trees in the center of the tray. I was so in love with the three large gold bottle brush trees that I bought at one of my favorite antique malls that I rushed back to buy the five small ones.

I added those to the brass tray.

gold bottle brush trees and mirrors

For candles, I used prayer candles from Dollar Tree. I used gold sticky vinyl paper to wrap around the candle.

I placed a large square mirror at the end of each side of the brass tray.

These mirrors, which I’ve had for many years, will add to the reflection of light from our chandelier and candles.

I placed one tall Christmas tree in the center of each mirror. Next came four tea candle stems.

I bought these tea lights at Dollar Tree. Each one received the gold leaf treatment.

gold bottle brush trees and mirrors

Designing the Place Settings

As placemats I used gold texture paper that I cut to fit.

I knew that our Christmas china would be the focal point. Years ago we started collecting the Lenox Holiday china to use with our Lenox Eternal china.

We now have salad plates, bread and butter plates, and a large assortment of serving pieces to use during the Christmas holidays.

I used our Lenox Eternal dinner plate with the Holiday salad and bread and butter plates. This is where some red comes into the picture. The table needed just a little bit of red to soften the metallic gold.

Christmas china with holly

For water and wine glasses, I mixed a few patterns of our Waterford crystal.

gold bottle brush trees on Christmas tablescape

I used our Buttercup sterling silver pattern.

The only thing left was a pretty napkin ensemble. Our white napkins with gold trim were the perfect choice for our red and gold Christmas tablescape, but they needed a pop of red.

To bring in an organic element, I used faux greenery paired with a metallic painted ball and tied with red and gold trim.

Then I wrapped bright red taffeta around the white and gold napkin and the greenery embellishment.

christmas tablescape place setting

I love the softness of this fabric and that it’s a true Christmas red.

red and gold Christmas table setting

The table was complete.

christmas tablescape

Now the only thing needed was a little light. The lighted garland on our vaisselier really adds a beautiful glow at night. And I love how the new mirrors on the wall help to reflect the lights and colors of Christmas.

lighted red and gold Christmas table setting

The lighted tea candles and prayer candles give a wondrous glow to the room. It was still light outside, but cloudy.

lighted red and gold Christmas table setting
lighted red and gold Christmas table setting
table napkin with red ribbon

I love the opulence of our gold tablescape and how the bright pop of red brings in the Christmas feel. I actually have a few ideas for adding more red to the scene.

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Next on the lighted Christmas tablescape tour is the talented Wendy of WMDesign House.

As we begin to enjoy the Christmas festivities, may all your tablescapes be merry red and gold. Please PIN!!

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  1. You can never go wrong with classic red and gold! Everything is just so festive and beautiful. I love the use of the mirrors on the table to bounce the lights!

  2. Hi Carol – Your table is beautiful and you have inspired me to create something similar for my table this holiday season. Thank you for linking up with the Home Imagined Link Party.

  3. Carol, love your tablescape!!! The tall gilded tealight holders are beautiful and add so much character. The Lenox china looks lovely together… The red ties add a nice pop of color, too. Red really is pretty with gold!

    Enjoy and happy holidays,
    Barb 🙂

  4. Wow beautiful tablescape Carol with the red and gold combination! I’m loving your gold bottle brush trees and sparkly candles. Let the entertaining begin! Happy Christmas!

  5. Carol, your table is beautiful so full of sparkle and shine. I love your gold placemat and how you used the mirror tray. It sure reflects the light so nicely. Wishing you and your family a beautiful holiday.

  6. Such a fun and festive tablescape, Carol! I love all the pops of red and gold and all the touches from the little trees to the ornaments you’ve used to make it extra special. Hugs and happy holidays, CoCo

  7. Your table is beautiful and I think it would look stunning through New Year’s so I hope you have a party! Everyone will love it! 🙂 Thank you for joining in.

  8. Carol your tablescape is fabulous. I love the color scheme and your mirrored table runner is spectacular! Such shimmer and bliss!

  9. The entry commode is amazing and the reflection in the mirror over it is stunning! One of the reasons I love these blog hops so much is the inspiration we find. I hope you don’t mind if I borrow your idea of the prayer candles. Economical and pretty all in one. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous table and enjoy your weekend dinner party. Merry Christmas!

  10. Oh, Carol, what a lovely glow from your table. The gold trees are so elegant, I can see why your went out and bought more. The reflection of the candlelight in your Waterford crystal reminds me I need to light some candles on my tables a little more often. Even the shimmery look of your placemats is a complement to your table. Thank you so much for joining in another hop, I want to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you so much Chloe. It’s such a pleasure to be on the blog hop with everyone. Such amazing creativity. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  11. Carol, those vintage gold bottle brush trees immediately caught my eye…I would’ve gone back to the antique mall and bought the rest too! I love your dollar store candle makeovers. You’ve turned them into custom, expensive looking decor. I agree with everyone else that your Lenox Holiday plates are classic and elegant, especially paired with your Waterford crystal glassware. It’s been a pleasure hopping with you this week. I wish you and Sweet Shark and family a wonderful Christmas!

    1. Rebecca, I was so lucky to walk in the antique mall and they were right at the front. I’m so glad I went back to get the 5 remaining ones and they were still there! Since you are a vintage shopper, I’m not surprised that you like them. Thanks for your sweet comments. Happy Christmas to you and your family.

  12. So many wonderful details on your table Carol! I’m loving all the sparkle and shine from the mirrors, crystal and bottle brush trees. Using the gold textured paper as a placemat to frame your dinnerware is brilliant and affordable too. As always it’s a joy to blog hop with you, Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you Mary. The paper was a necessity as I didn’t have 10 gold placemats and paper was the most economical way to go. The bonus was that they turned out great and now I have a lot of gold texture paper for future projects.

  13. Carol, I have always loved your classic Lenox holiday pattern. It’s just timeless. All the gold, crystal, and sparkling details of your tablescape dazzle! It must perfectly match the glow of having family and friends seated around the table to share a special meal.

  14. Red and gold! One can never go wrong with that color combination Carol and your table is no exception. The Lenox china is perfect in repeating your theme, and the mirrors are a added bonus . I love how mirrors reflect light and make everything magical. Merry Christmas to you and yours and it is always a pleasure to see all the variations of tablescaping by all these wonderful bloggers.

  15. Your Christmas china makes a beautiful table. I love those thick gold trimmed napkins and you appointed them very nicely to bring out the trim in your salad plates. The textured paper makes for a wonderful placemat especially because it reflects all of that pretty light from the candles. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  16. Lovely and elegant. Wishing you and yours a Blessed Christmas and a Happy,Healthy and Peaceful 2019.
    Marilyn and Family

  17. Beautiful Carol. I love the beautiful gold with red. Lenox is so lovely and yet traditional. The addition of mirrors adds so much sparkle. Wow, your golden touches. are amazing. You are so clever making and creating lovely things for your table. Truly glamorous.

  18. Carol, your table is so elegant. The centerpiece is perfect with the bottle brush trees and I love the addition of the mirrors for extra sparkle. The Lenox Holiday is such an iconic pattern and always lovely. It would be a pleasure to pull up a chair at your table!

  19. Carol, your guests are going to be thrilled! Your table is gorgeous.
    I have the Lenox Holiday china as well as Buttercup by Gorham silver pattern and I adore them.
    You find great things at Dollar Tree. I am going to learn from you to slow down and look carefully. I tend to be in a hurry and don’t see good items and visualize them for tablescapes. Clever to cut gold texture paper for placemats. Where did you find the texture paper and gold sticky vinyl paper? Your napkin treatment made the table pop even more.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!🎄❤️🎄

    1. Bonnie, that’s awesome that we have two of the same patterns. The textured paper is from Joann ~ in the stock paper section. The vinyl is a Cricut product and comes in different colors ~ you can order right from my site on the Cricut image in the sidebar. Merry Christmas.

  20. Your table is so festive! The dishes are lovely and I like the gold accents through. Mirrors really do offer a nice wow factor and the tall footed tea lights look beautiful on them. I like how you were able to use the entryway tray arrangement for your centerpiece- very smart! Love the golden glow and you captured it beautifully with your camera!

  21. Your guests are in for such a treat, Carol! The table is beautiful, and that Lenox Holiday pattern is so classic. So smart of you to move that entry vignette to the table! It is the star of the styling, and that mirrors at angles on each end with those candles make it shine. Beautiful!
    Have a very joyful holiday season. Merry Christmas!

  22. So elegant Carol, your guests will be wowed! Your table and room sparkles and glows and the Lenox holiday pieces are the perfect element to make it welcoming and warm. Love the way you did the napkin too, have a wonderful time!

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