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Simple and natural winter tablescape

A minimal Christmas or winter tablescape using natural elements and budget friendly items



Happy holidays, sweet friends! I'm so excited to be participating in the Christmas Festival Blog Hop hosted by my talented friend Kendra from Joy In Our Home! Kendra was one of my very first blogging friends years ago - we used to host a link party together and participated in the Monthly DIY Challenge together. She is the kindest person and has such charming farmhouse decor! I was so excited when she asked me to join in the fun this holiday season! She's rounded up 25 creative bloggers to share their inspiring Christmas ideas! If you've been following along the tour and are stopping by from yesterday's beautiful mantel at Red Brick on the Lake, welcome!! Today, I'm sharing my minimal, natural tablescape in our new breakfast nook!
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Minimal boxwood tablescape


Last winter, I shared a Christmas tablescape in our dining room. Since we recently finished our big kitchen makeover, I thought it would be fun to do a tablescape in our new breakfast nook.

How to decorate a table for Christmas on a budget! Beautiful farmhouse winter tablescape using a boxwood runner as a DIY centerpiece.

This is where we eat most of our meals, so it's only natural that we decorate it for the holidays and seasons!

How to decorate a table for Christmas on a budget! Beautiful farmhouse winter tablescape using a boxwood runner as a DIY centerpiece.

I have really been craving a simpler holiday season this year. Sometimes all of the Christmas chaos is a little too overwhelming, and we lose sight of the true meaning and beauty of the season. So this year, to tame some of that chaos, I have simplified our holiday decor.


How to decorate a table for Christmas on a budget! Beautiful farmhouse winter tablescape using a boxwood runner as a DIY centerpiece.

I created this easy tablescape for less than $10 using a few things I already had, greenery from the yard, and some Dollar Tree dishes (I had no idea they sold such great tableware until now!).

How to decorate a table for Christmas on a budget! Beautiful farmhouse winter tablescape using a boxwood runner as a DIY centerpiece.

Our yard is filled with every evergreen you could possibly think of! I chose to use some boxwood cuttings as a runner. Boxwoods will last several weeks out of water and even as they begin to dry, they still look pretty.

How to decorate a table for Christmas on a budget! Beautiful farmhouse winter tablescape using a boxwood runner as a DIY centerpiece.

After placing some white pillar candles I had on hand on the table, I cut small sections of boxwood and layered them over each other down the center of the table. I tucked even smaller pieces around each candle. Then I placed a few small pinecones on top of the greenery.

How to decorate a table for Christmas on a budget! Beautiful farmhouse winter tablescape using a boxwood runner as a DIY centerpiece.

If you look closely, you can see that I cut a strip of white parchment paper to run the length of the table. I initially thought I was going to tuck some pine and fir branches into the boxwood, and I was worried about sap sticking to the table we just built, but I ended up liking it better with just the boxwood anyway. BUT if you plan to use messy greenery, parchment paper is a great way to protect your table! It's not even noticeable unless you get down low near the tabletop.

How to decorate a table for Christmas on a budget! Beautiful farmhouse winter tablescape using a boxwood runner as a DIY centerpiece.

I kept the place settings nice and simple too. I found these beautiful gold chargers at the Dollar Tree! (I bought some very similar ones for my grandmother for Christmas a few years ago and they were a lot more than $1 😳 ) I couldn't believe they had such pretty ones! I also picked up some plain white stoneware plates.

How to decorate a table for Christmas on a budget! Beautiful farmhouse winter tablescape using a boxwood runner as a DIY centerpiece.

I already had the white napkins on hand. I tied a basic knot with some green satin ribbon I found at Michaels.

How to decorate a table for Christmas on a budget! Beautiful farmhouse winter tablescape using a boxwood runner as a DIY centerpiece.

I hope this tablescape gives you some inspiration for how to decorate your table for Christmas without spending a lot of money. The nice thing about using evergreens is that it can be used throughout winter, beyond Christmas!

How to decorate a table for Christmas on a budget! Beautiful farmhouse winter tablescape using a boxwood runner as a DIY centerpiece.

Sources for this simple Christmas tablescape


Next up on the blog hop is Curly Crafty Mom. Go check out her beautiful tablescape! I love her place settings!

If you're just joining us, you can find everyone else's creative ideas below!

Christmas DIYs on Monday

Christmas Front Porches on Tuesday

Christmas Recipes on Wednesday

Christmas Mantles on Thursday 

Christmas Tablescapes on Friday

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How to decorate a table for Christmas on a budget! Beautiful farmhouse winter tablescape using a boxwood runner as a DIY centerpiece.

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9 comments

  1. I fall more and more in love with this space every time I see it Nicole! It looks so cozy and inviting all decorated for Christmas! And what a brilliant tip about the parchment paper - I never would have thought of that! Happy holidays my friend!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kristi! We are really enjoying our new space! And I guess it could be any kind of paper really, but I had parchment paper on hand and it's so easy to roll out and cut a strip of! :)

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  2. Hi Nichole! I love your simple and natural winter tablescape. I always say decor doesn't have to be complex to be beautiful, and your tablescape proves that. And simple is the best way to go during the stressful holiday season. I love all the greenery and the neutral tones are very calming and inviting. So happy to be hopping with you!

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    1. Hi Michelle! Thank you so much! I think simple greenery can make a big statement! I am enjoying a more simple and neutral holiday environment this year :)

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  3. Boxwood greenery has always been my favorite and I think your table is fantastic. Simple and cozy yet sophisticated. Just dreamy. Glad to be hopping with you! Merry Christmas

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    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! Boxwood is such a versatile evergreen! It works for winter or even spring! We have a lot in our yard, so I'm going to try to make better use of it this year :)

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  4. I love this! I think we forget how beautiful and elegant a simple presentation can be!! Love this!!!

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  5. So pretty Nicole! I love boxwood and your idea of using the parchment paper is so smart. Your table definitely doesn't look like it was created with things that cost a $1!

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  6. This is so pretty! I love all the boxwood and the place settings are perfect for the holidays! Pinning!

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