Holiday Tablescape Inspiration: Rustic, Cozy, Minimal

Jess Ann Kirby styles a rustic and minimal holiday tablescape with greenery and glassware from Anthropologie

Styling by Caylin Harris / Greenery from Greenlion

If I’m being honest I am REALLY excited for the holiday season this year. It’s sort of unlike me, I normally don’t really go crazy for the holidays, Craig and I have never even had a a tree, but this year feels different. I think because it’s the first time we’re celebrating the holidays in our home, and the first time we’re hosting Thanksgiving (gulp). When we set out to create this tablescape yesterday the goal was to keep it simple. This is definitely something you can re-create at home. And you really don’t have to go out and spend a ton of money to do this. We used a combination of old and new. I wanted a rustic look but also cozy and minimal. Sometimes the word rustic scares me a little bit, but this tablescape manages to incorporate touches of the outdoors while still feeling light and airy. While this is great inspiration for Thanksgiving, I didn’t want this to be specifically geared toward any one holiday but rather versatile enough for any festive occasion. Read on for some tips on how to achieve this look for your next dinner party and for more inspiration I recommend checking out the Thanksgiving tablescape we shared from last year which was very different but just as beautiful. You can find links to everything we used in the “Shop the Post” to the right. A HUGE thank you to Kim from Greenlion for making us the most stunning wreath and providing the greenery for the table. If you’re local Kim does an awesome wreath workshop every year (Caylin did it last year and her wreath was stunning). You can sign up for the workshop here.

Jess Ann Kirby styles a rustic and minimal holiday tables cape with greenery and glassware from Anthropologie


Yes, I’m using the “F” word here you guys. Get out there and forage. Kim foraged for almost all of the greenery for the tablescape and the wreath in her backyard. The eucalyptus of course was an addition (which you can most likely find at your local florist) but the rest is local greenery. Whatever you can find nearby, incorporate that into your tablescape. We just started with a layer of eucalyptus and kept adding in greenery, tucking in some seeded eucalyptus on the ends. If you can’t find eucalytpus you can use a variety of evergreen branches and incorporate wild berries. Have fun with it and play around until you have something you like. The nice thing is it doesn’t have to be perfect. Adding little details like pine cones would also be really nice and festive. The type of greenery that’s available will of course vary depending on where you live so you can always ask your local florist what they recommend (and check the floral section at the grocery store too).
Jess Ann Kirby styles a rustic and minimal holiday tablescape with greenery and glassware from Anthropologie
Jess Ann Kirby styles a rustic and minimal holiday tablescape with greenery and glassware from Anthropologie
Jess Ann Kirby styles a rustic and minimal holiday tablescape with greenery and glassware from Anthropologie

Gold & Brass Accents

I just could not resist these brass taper candle holders from Anthropologie for the tablescape. I love how the floral and bird design compliment the greenery to add that “bringing the outdoors inside” feel. Incorporating brass and gold with the evergreen and woven runner make it feel elegant. The gold flatware and etched gold glassware bring all of the metallic accents together. The floral side plates also have a subtle gold design.We decided to use matte blush plates underneath to really let the side plates pop, but you could also use gray or white. If you use a white plate underneath I suggest using a napkin with some color instead of white.

Play With Proportion

 Give the table some variety by using different heights for your glassware and decor accents. We went with a highball glass and tall wine glass that compliment each other really nicely. Try to use heights that aren’t too far apart or too similar. For the candle holders we used skinny tapers with the short brass and tealights with metallic votives. You don’t want everything to get lost in the greenery so using different proportions helps break that up. A little tip about the runner too, initially I didn’t want to use one but it really helped when arranging the greenery. It’s such a subtle color too that it adds a little bit of texture without taking away from everything else.
Jess Ann Kirby styles a rustic and minimal holiday tablescape with greenery and glassware from Anthropologie
Jess Ann Kirby styles a rustic and minimal holiday tablescape with greenery and glassware from Anthropologie

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  1. Sharon wrote:

    So gorgeous! I did a similar table scape for my second Thanksgiving table. I hosted a pre-Thanksgiving with my in-laws but I’m doing real Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving day. But I didn’t forage, I bought a faux foliage from Terrain, they are Anthro’s sister, they have amazing stuff.

    11.15.17 | Reply
  2. Cory wrote:

    This is stunning! I never do a tablescape when we host Thanksgiving, but this is making me change my mind.

    11.15.17 | Reply
  3. I love this table setting! It would be great for Thanksgiving

    More color please,

    11.15.17 | Reply
  4. cory wrote:

    this is gorgeous

    x Cory

    11.16.17 | Reply

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