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Create a Traditional Christmas Tablescape Using Vintage Collections to Inspire Your Holiday

Are you hosting a family dinner this holiday season? I’ll show you how I created a traditional Christmas tablescape using some newly found vintage collections at the local flea market.

Christmas tablescape using vintage collections

It’s the most wonderful time of year to put together a gorgeous table.

When planning my holiday table this year I decided to create a vintage tablescape for Christmas dinner using the vintage red and white transferware and pewter goblets I found.

Christmas tablescape using vintage collections

The Bremerton Flea Market is one of my favorite places to find vintage pieces and I always have good luck finding collections. I can’t wait to show you what I found and how I used my finds for the dining room table.

Vintage Collection Blog Hop

Today I’m joining some blogging buddies to bring you our holiday vintage collections. Lifestyle of Love is a blog hop hosted by my sweet friend Cindy at County Road 407 which is all about vintage, thrifted, and repurposed finds.

If you just came over from Ann at Dabbling and Decorating, welcome. I’m so happy you’re here. Didn’t you love her creative ways to display vintage collections?

Christmas tablescape using vintage collections

My Traditional Red Vintage Tablescape for the Holiday Season

I rarely create tablescapes with the color red, even at Christmas. But I love the colorful look with the red and pops of green from the garland and napkin rings.

This season’s tablescape is completely different from last year’s color scheme which had more pastels and no traditional decor.

Christmas tablescape using vintage collections

Mason Vista Red and White Transferware

I’m so in love with this vintage Mason Vista transferware collection I found at the flea market. The collection I took home had…

  • 6 Dinner plates
  • 6 Salad plates
  • 6 Soup bowls
  • 6 Coffee cups and 2 saucers
  • 1 Serving bowl
  • 1 Teapot without the lid

I paid $45 for the collection.

Holiday tablescape placesetting

More About the Place Settings

The place settings are vintage-inspired so even though not everything was truly vintage, they look like they could be.

Galvanized chargers are always my favorites to use on a tablescape and have an old feel to them. They compliment the pewter goblets, don’t you think?

I love using gold flatware in my table settings. It looks so festive to me.

place setting with red and white transferware

As for table linens, I used a natural textured runner I bought at Pier 1 Imports years ago.

Red, green and white plaid linen napkins were bought at HomeGoods with a faux greenery napkin ring from Target Hearth and Hands.

I added little details like red berries and a small Christmas bell onto the napkin ring for a bit more holiday charm.

Christmas tablescape using vintage collections

Glassware and Goblets

The other vintage collection incorporated into my Christmas tablescape was pewter goblets and plates.

Unfortunately, the plates were too small for the place setting and I didn’t want to cover the transferware pattern so I left them off this Christmas table.

But I love the pewter goblets. They’re so unique as far as anything I’ve ever used before.

The red glassware was bought at an antique mall but they’re definitely not vintage, but they look so good with the rest of the table so I am using them as wine glasses.

Christmas tablescape using vintage collections

Centerpiece Christmas Table Decoration Ideas

Mixing metals are quite a trend these days and that is exactly what I did here. There is a mix of pewter, gold silverware, and copper here on this holiday table.

I love using copper pieces for vintage Christmas decor like this pot holding the red poinsettia in the center of the table.

ornaments and pomegranate with copper pot

My favorite thing is when I can bring a natural element or two to the Christmas dinner table.

For my holiday table this year, I used faux garland with berries but fresh greenery from your own backyard would be a beautiful option.

Seasonal fruit options like pretty pomegranates and dried oranges are the perfect holiday decor and fit right in with the rest of my Christmas table decorations.

Vintage Christmas ornaments are another easy way to add a festive touch to your holiday tablescape.

I used a poinsettia for my centerpiece but you could also choose a mini Christmas tree at the center of the table.

More Christmas Decorations you Can Use For a Holiday Table

Adding soft white lights to the garland would be another great decor idea for this Christmas table.

Pine cones and fresh pine branches are another way to bring in the natural elements from the outdoors.

If holiday garland takes up too much room on your dinner table, add a vintage silver tray with a bowl of vintage ornaments for a beautiful centerpiece.

napkin ring with greenery, red berries and Christmas bell

Where to Get Vintage Transferware and Ironstone Collections

You can usually find vintage transferware and ironstone at an antique store or mall but the prices are not always the best.

Try a flea market as I did or perhaps an estate sale or thrift store for a better deal.

Christmas tablescape using vintage collections

I hope you’ve enjoyed my dining table full of festive touches and holiday spirit. I absolutely love using vintage collections in my Christmas table setting and can’t wait to find more on my next thrifting shopping adventure.

Next up is my talented friend Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home. Wait until you see her Santa Belsnickle Santa Collection. You’re going to love it!

Be sure to click on the pictures below to see even more holiday vintage collection inspiration from the rest of my blogger friends.

Until next time,

Merry Christmas!

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  1. Kim, I Sooooo love your tablescape. Of course I’m crazy about the red transferware, with the traditional Christmas colors. And that copper pot in the center with Poinsettias is fabulous. I can’t imagine that view at Christmas Dinner. Your cottage always fills me with “cozy”. I hope you’re having a blessed and wonderful Christmas Season.

  2. Beautiful table setting, Kim! Love the mixed metals and those pewter goblets are the bomb! So awesome that we both added red and white transferware to our homes this year. I’ve been loving looking at mine in the hutch. If I find place settings for that kind of price (maybe a church sale in the Spring?), they’re coming home with me. Have a Merry Christmas season, friend!

  3. So so gorgeous Kim – your table is just beautiful! I love all your ideas, and your centerpiece is stunning!!

  4. Kim, your table is stunning! I’m all about old fashion Christmas this year so I am loving everything you used! The transferware is my favorite! Sharing you this week in my Mitten Moments! ❤️

  5. How do you score such great deals?! I’m very jealous. Your transferware is amazing and so perfect on your table. It sets the tone for the most beautiful table. Adore the plaid napkins too. Even the pomegranates mixed with ornaments looks fantastic! You have such a festive attitude in all your decorating. Love your style Kim. Thank you for joining and sharing your collection. I. LOVED. IT!!!

  6. Kim, your holiday table is gorgeous as always. And I can’t believe you scored those dishes for $45. Wow, have fun on the boat and happy holidays!

  7. This tablescape is so beautiful Kim! Gah, I can’t believe you get to have that amazing view every day, what a gift! I love that you used traditional red and green in your home for the holidays this year. It’s something I haven’t done a lot of either but I’ve been seeing it everywhere this season and it’s so pretty. The touches of plaid against your transferware just take it over the top! Sending you lots of hugs and praying everyone that gathers around this table is richly blessed, CoCo

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