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French Country Casual Tablescape

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Merry Christmas everyone!

I'm an online shopper so gifts have started to trickle in over the past couple of days. Need to start wrapping! Are you finished?

 I thought I'd share with you a simple and casual way to decorate a French Country Casual Tablescape for Christmas. This is what my kitchen table will look like for Christmas morning breakfast. 




A little fun with the frost effect in PicMonkey! You can see more of the kitchen and my Christmas Tour HERE.




An easy tablescape can start in your yard or a friend's! I removed the antique dough bowl (EBay is a great source for dough bowls) that is usually here and replaced with freshly cut cedar from the woods. Many roadside tree shops will sell or give you fresh greens….just ask! 




 Here is how it looks for everyday use. Notice the dough bowl above.




Next I added a red beaded garland. The garland was in the dough bowl along with some of the red balls and pine cones. I just simply borrowed and placed the dough bowl on the counter with all green apples. 




I recently painted my candle sticks with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I love the new to me look!




The only things new on the table are the charges. They are plastic and were shiny gold. I had intentions of painting them with chalk paint, but time got away from me. I had spray chalkboard paint on hand so I took the easy way out. I actually like them like this. They'll be a fun addition for other tablescapes.

Also on OSH!  Dreaming of a White Christmas {Porch}




After painting and before writing on them with chalk, you need to prime the surface by taking the long side of the chalk and covering the surface with chalk. Then take a paper towel or eraser and wipe it off. Now you can write on it, and it will easily erase. You can write directly on the chalkboard without priming for that crisp black look, you will just need to erase it with a wet paper towel.




Ironstone and decorative Christmas china can also be found on EBay.




 I love the layered look with my vintage ironstone. Sage green placemats and plaid napkins complete the look.







 Shop your home to create a tablescape.  EBay is an excellent sources for linens! A beautiful table doesn't have to cost much or take much time to put together.




I wish you a very Merry Christmas! 

EBay is a great source for just a few of the items in this French Country Breakfast room! Use my table as an inspiration to search for similar items such as:

Plastic Chargers, plaid table runner and napkins, Christmas ornaments and beaded garland, vintage ironstone, vintage or antique dough bowl, Blue and White china, Blue Willow china, toile trays, distressed candlesticks and ribbons. 

This post was originally written by Christy who blogs at Our Southern Home

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  1. Your dollar store chalkboard charger idea is brilliant! This would be fun for me to do for our supper club. I know your family enjoys Christmas breakfast at your beautifully set table.

  2. Love looking at your holiday touches, all of which appear to go perfectly in your home. Greenery and pinecones are so perfect for the season.

  3. Beautiful table Christie! I love your chalkboard chargers! What a brilliant idea!!!! Your home is the quintessential Southern home… one of my highest compliments!!!! Beautiful, warm, welcoming and effortless! Thanks for sharing tip of how you make it that way!

    1. Thanks so much, friend! Your compliments mean so very much as I am one of your biggest fans! Merry Christmas! XXOO Christy

  4. JUST BEAUTIFUL… and I had to smile… I have those candle sticks!! But I sat here thinking ..”I never knew they came in any other color”!! lolol… I love what you did !!!! I pull mine out during the fall because of the colors.. but I hate putting them away, they are just the right size for my table!!!! Thanks for the idea

    1. Thanks so much, Terri! Lots of people recognize those candlesticks!! I just love them. But like you…the colors are so fall. I want to use them all the time…now they are fresh and new! Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by! ~Christy

  5. Beautiful table and great idea to have the chalkboard paint chargers to also use as “place cards”…Love your home at every season and just phenomenal at Christmas!!

    1. Shirley, you are so sweet. Thanks you so much! I so enjoy all of your eye candy as well! XXOO and Merry Christmas! ~Christy

  6. what a deal on those plates. This year I am going to be a hunter and look for holiday plates- would you beleive I have none! So pretty. My christmas beignets would look delish on your beautful table! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Laura! My 14 year old daughter loves thrifting with me. The first thing she does is goes and looks for ironstone. She loves being the one to find it! Once she knew what to look for, she finds most of it. Merry Christmas! XOO Christy

  7. I love your table. It is just perfect to me. I may not get to Cedar this year, used to have rows of Cedar Trees at the old house, but no more. I will probably just use Juniper for my tiny table this year. And try to copy yours as much as possible.

    1. Thanks so much! I bet the juniper will look so pretty on your table! That’s a great idea. Enjoy decorating and wishing you a blessed Merry Christmas! XXOO Christy

  8. What a lovely woodsy and warm holiday table you created! I love all the warmth and natural elements and price tag too! And I’m all over those dollar store chalkboard chargers — I did the same thing last year to mine!!! (Unfortunately I have two teens who think it’s funny to write funny messages on their chargers for me to find later 🙂

    So happy to be better late than never with you!

    🙂 Linda

    1. Thanks so much, Linda! That’s a hoot about your kids. I could see my teens doing that! Merry Christmas! ~Christy

  9. Such a beautiful tablescape, Christy, all ready for a yummy Christmas breakfast! I love that you spray painted your chargers (would never have thought of that) … your candlesticks with a fresh coat of chalk paint are lovely … and, I “want” your plates from BHG! (I only scooped up a couple this year … need to add to my tiny collection, for sure).

  10. That’s an interesting idea with the chargers. Those plates are so nice. I’m seeing them here and there in blog land. I would have grabbed them if I’d seen them last year. Your table looks wonderful with the fresh greens.

  11. Christy, I love those pretty little plates that you said you got last year at Walmart..I think you said they were BHG plates? I was just looking on their website and don’t see them but saw some others that could be used with them and used for any month of the year. I will try to get to Walmart before the holidays end and look for those.

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