Simple, Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape

Romantic shabby chic French farmhouse tablescape on white farm table with roses by Hello Lovely Studio

Simple, Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape

Since we are back to renovating the fixer upper
in full swing, it’s tricky finding time to consider
details like holiday tablescapes for Thanksgiving
and Christmas.

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Pale pink, green, white, and gold romantic feminine tablescape with roses by Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio: Simple Romantic Tablescape
Simple pale farmhouse Dining Table #farmtable #farmhouse #diningtable

Dining Table: FIND HERE

 

Romantic shabby chic French farmhouse tablescape on white farm table with roses by Hello Lovely Studio
Simple Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape by Hello Lovely
Pale pink, green, white, and gold romantic feminine tablescape with roses by Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio

Last year, we celebrated Thanksgiving away from home,
and the year prior I opted for a casual, black and white
scheme with clove-studded oranges, a stenciled
kraft paper runner (get the stencil here)
and hand-lettered
quotes at each placesetting:

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Rustic Orange and Black Thanksgiving Tablesape

But yesterday I had fun challenging myself to come
up with a simple design solution whether you are:
delightfully frugal,
fabulously lazy,
charmingly behind schedule,
or all of the above because I am
definitely all of the above.

I was pressed for time so I couldn’t even
incorporate my pretty vintage silverware
or locate my vintage linen napkins.

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Hello Lovely Studio: Simple, Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape

(And I was so lazy I could not bear to go digging
in the basement for the box of securely wrapped
wedding china because that meant careful handling,
handwashing china, and lots of time…
though I plan to do that by Christmas.)

The farmhouse harvest table you see here
is the same one from our other home…

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Hello Lovely Studio

But I gave it a distressed white finish.

Romantic shabby chic French farmhouse tablescape on white farm table with roses by Hello Lovely Studio
Simple Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape

This was my plan and the results:

1. Shop a local antique market for simple
white plates for a casual placesetting.
Woo hoo!
Found vintage FireKing milkglass plates
right away…$12 for 6 plates.

Here’s another low cost option:

Wayfair Basics Dinner Plate Set, Service for 8

Basic White Dinner Plate Set: FIND HERE.

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Simple, Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape2. Find a pop of color for the white table.
There they were.
A box of vintage gold glass ornaments,
some matte, some shiny…for $2 total.

Here’s a lookalike alternative:

Matte Gold Christmas Ball Ornaments
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Hello Lovely Studio: Simple, Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape

3. Find a pretty, low-cost, no fuss floral option.
Stopped at Walmart on my way home from
the market and spotted a dozen pale pink roses
in bad shape, and my only other option?
Healthy red roses…so I snagged the imperfect blush
dozen for $5 and threw them in an ironstone pitcher.

(Here’s a pretty pitcher to consider.)

Charlot French Pitcher
Romantic shabby chic French farmhouse tablescape on white farm table with roses by Hello Lovely Studio
Simple Romantic Shabby Chic Style
7.5 oz. Glass Tumbler

Simple glass tumblers: FIND HERE

4. Find greenery to accent.
Snipped some branches with berries
right outside the front door and
tried them in a few rustic vases
(not shown here) and strewn about.

Rustic Wood Candlestick Set

Rustic Wood Candlestick Set: FIND HERE

Romantic shabby chic French farmhouse tablescape on white farm table with roses by Hello Lovely Studio
Simple Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape

5. Candlelight.
Decided to keep it low.
Grabbed white votives and some holders
on hand.

Romantic shabby chic French farmhouse tablescape on white farm table with roses by Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio: Simple, Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape
Romantic shabby chic French farmhouse tablescape on white farm table with roses by Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio

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Simple Romantic Shabby Chic Style

6. Other details.
Adorable little Spanish wine glasses
are Bormioli Rocco tumblers 
(we use them for everything including
serving dessert), and also on the table
are vintage ironstone mini plates.

The baby boo pumpkins are from Halloween!

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Simple Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape

The antiqued silver dome food warmer is
vintage 1980s Restoration Hardware.

I experimented a little with my vintage
marmalade crocks but didn’t have time
to style them with silverware, candles, etc.
the way I like to use them.

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English Crocks Hold Candles

7. Climbed up on the table and began shooting
whilst trying to keep my feet out of the shot.
Realized this was all a little silly with no
table linens, silverware, wine, or hand-lettered anything,
but what the heck, it’s a good inspirational start
and dress rehearsal before Thanksgiving
and Christmas.

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Hello Lovely Studio

Also realized at some point that shiny
gold Christmas balls are indeed reflective
mirrors which capture your image
when you point a camera at them!
Ugh! I bet I could google a tip
for how to avoid that hiccup,
but no time!

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Simple Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape

8. Spend very little cash.
Did you add it up yet?
About $20 is all I shelled out
since I used what I had on hand.

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Hello Lovely Studio

So here is the start of a simple,
romantic, cheap, feminine,
and minimal holiday vibe
with not a single acorn
or stitch of burlap.

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Simple Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape
Romantic shabby chic French farmhouse tablescape on white farm table with roses by Hello Lovely Studio
Simple Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape
Romantic shabby chic French farmhouse tablescape on white farm table with roses by Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio: Simple, Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape

 

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My Kitchen – Hello Lovely Studio

It’s minimal and feminine but a tad boring
before the addition of the gold.

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Simple Romantic and Holiday Tablescape

 

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Hello Lovely Studio

Yes, you can mix your metals when you’re
being lazy and going for casual.

Romantic shabby chic French farmhouse tablescape on white farm table with roses by Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio

 

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Hello Lovely Studio

 

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Simple, Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape

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Simple Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape

 

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Simple Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape

 

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Simple Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape

 

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Simple Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape

I found this vitreous china plate at a garage sale
for .50 and want more but can’t find them.
J & E Mayer with delicate aqua floral and gold.

 

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Hello Lovely Studio

 

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Hello Lovely Studio: Simple, Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape

So it can be done, and it can be cheap, simple and
romantic with little effort…I hope to have images
for you of the holidays with the addition of cuisine!

If you missed this recent inspiring French farmhouse style post, do give it some love.

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

p.s.

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Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
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Linen Modern Wing Chair
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9 Comments

  1. November 23, 2016 / 11:27 am

    Absolutely 100% percent LOVE! I am drawn to the simplicity which is highlighted by the thoughtful elegance of the colors and textures. You have worked gorgeous magic with this table setting Michele!

    • November 26, 2016 / 9:13 pm

      Thank you, lovely maker of beautiful wares–I am so humbled by your stamp of approval! Xox

  2. November 23, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    Michele I love the simplicity of your table and your step by step instructions! Enjoy the day tomorrow with your family!! xo

    • November 26, 2016 / 9:16 pm

      So so simple and cheap it is comical! I did this shopping and styling in 2 hrs since I was racing with the natural light available! You and your petals would have been very welcome here! Merci.

  3. November 23, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    Oh dear Michele, thank you so much for the inspiration! This is beyond beautiful!!! xoxo Greet

    • November 26, 2016 / 9:17 pm

      So flattered and just giggling since I am winging it all the way as I deck my halls as a minimalist! Peace to you, greet.

  4. November 25, 2016 / 6:40 am

    Michele,
    You beautiful soulful doll, I adore the rustic and elegant mix, the matte gold and white is so me, as for reds my dear, every time I am drawn to a red look I clear my head and tell myself be careful you may regret it. I have never been a red person in my homes decor.

    With all your business, I am looking forward to the beauty you create through the holidays.

    Lots of love my dear friend.

    Xx
    Dore

    • November 26, 2016 / 9:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Dore. How I wish I had you here to take over the holiday decor with your quiet hushed palette and artful touch. I will be channeling you…xox

  5. November 28, 2016 / 12:21 am

    Michelle……….love your blog……just have not been getting any update since September…..Woe is me !!!!! Not sure what the problem is…..i tried to subscribe, but it said i already did……hope you can help….thanks in advance…Blessings…dolores @ pdurato@yahoo.com

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