Baby, it’s cold outside so stay warm with our 5 simple steps to create a beautiful cozy winter tablescape.
It’s been cold here in North Carolina this month…like really cold.
And I don’t do cold!
Now I realize it’s not nearly as frigid as it is in other parts of the country.
I did grow up and live in the northeast until 13 years ago.
ya’ll (okay, okay maybe I’m not that southern yet) you guys…it’s cold.
We moved south to get away from the cold but in January it certainly feels like I’m back up north.
So, what do we do to stay warm?
We gather with our friends and throw a cozy winter dinner party, of course!
Do you love to entertain?
Oh…good us too!
Since you love to entertain like Anne & I, you’ll love our monthly virtual supper club posts.
Every month we get together with our friends Stacy, Rachel, Jen, and Michele and share our tablescapes and recipes on our blogs.
It’s so fun to see what everyone in our group comes up with each month.
There’s so much talent and creativity with our blogging friends.
And to add even more inspiration, we have a new guest host join us each month too!
We’re thrilled to welcome Jessica from The Old Barn this month.
Jessica lives in the most beautiful farmhouse in Texas that she designed herself.
Someday I’d love to go visit her and tour her home because it’s definitely one of my favorites.
Anne & I got to meet Jessica this past summer at a conference and even enjoyed dinner together.
She’s an absolute sweetheart so be sure to check out her blog!
This month our virtual supper club is featuring cozy winter tablescape ideas and yummy comfort food recipes for a winter dinner.
Get the links to our previous tablescapes for even more entertaining inspiration at the end of this post.
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But that’s enough about us…let’s talk more about this month’s theme… and my cozy winter tablescape!
Where Should You Host a Cozy Winter Dinner Party?
We have a dining room where I love to create tablescapes each month for our virtual supper club.
But this month I decided to use our kitchen table since the kitchen is where we do most of our entertaining anyway.
We are pretty casual people and when we have friends over everyone always winds up in the kitchen.
Does that happen when you have a get together?
And since it’s winter and this is a cozy winter dinner party why not keep it comfy in the place we hang out in most often.
I gathered the staple pieces with a few unexpected items and got started styling a beautiful cozy winter tablescape.
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Here is a list of items:
- napkin rings
- candle rings
- taper candles
- table runner
- candles holders
How to Add Texture to a Winter Tablescape
Instead of using an ordinary table runner or table cloth, try using something unexpected.
Since this table needed a cozy vibe, I grabbed an ivory knit sweater wrap from my closet.
Then, I just folded it in half and laid it diagonally across the kitchen table.
Instant cozy table runner!
And isn’t the fringe on the bottom just so cute?!
Don’t have a shawl?
Well, a blanket or scarf would provide extra texture on your table too!
I styled this pretty dough bowl a couple of weeks ago and it’s perfect as a centerpiece for the table.
You can get all the details of how I assembled it here.
Filled with pinecones, amber bottles and fresh cut evergreen stems from my yard it brings in lots of texture.
How to Set a Table for a Winter Dinner Party
I layered each place setting with not one but two “chargers”.
It may be a little extra but they are both super affordable and look great next to each other.
First, on the bottom of each place setting is a green woven paper placemat, which adds a bit of color that coordinates with the greenery in the centerpiece.
Next, I added an inexpensive plastic “wood” charger.
Then, I stacked my everyday dinner plate with a salad/dessert plate.
On top of the plates, I added a small crock style bowl from Tuxton Home.
Wait until you see what we’re serving in those bowls!
Remember we share all those delicious recipes in just 2 days, so mark your calendars.
Place cards add a bit of personalization to your table and also an opportunity for even more texture!
Just jot down each guest name on piece of plain card stock then slip it into a pinecone for a fun addition to your dinner party.
It’s really easy and looks amazing at every place setting on my cozy winter table.
Creating Ambiance while Entertaining
Did you notice the fairy lights in the centerpiece?
Adding a few strands of small twinkle lights creates a bit a sparkle and sets a mood for your party.
And is a table even complete until there are a few candles lit?
Candles are the simplest way to add ambiance to any space while you entertain.
I added three gold candle stick holders with white taper candles on each side of the dough bowl arrangement.
Don’t you just love how pretty it looks when the wax starts to melt and drip down the candle?
Candles are always a perfect addition to your dining table, but don’t stop there, add some candle light to wall sconces or floor lanterns too.
Those wood and metal wall sconces have been hanging in my kitchen for years and I never light the candles.
But now that I did, you can bet I’ll be lighting them more often…they look so incredible.
This year I left out some of my neutral evergreen trees after Christmas to keep our home feeling cozy after the holidays.
I set one on top of a vintage stool in the corner of our kitchen.
Honestly, the dog crate is usually in this corner of the room, but it had to go for our party!
A basket with a pretty gold lantern and a larger version of the lantern next to it on the floor looks so much better than a dog crate, don’t you think?! LOL
Warm Neutral Colors for a Cozy Gathering
Selecting a warm neutral color scheme helps to create a cozy feeling for a winter supper club gathering.
The various wood pieces in shades of brown along with the amber bottles and striped napkins blend beautifully with the ivory dinnerware, candles and table runner.
Both real and faux greenery compliment the dark green placemats.
Do you spy that greenery in the bowls?
It’s actually a small taper candle ring from Piper Classics that the napkins are tucked into and placed in each bowl.
The faux half sphere greenery orb is propped up in a napkin between the grouping of gold candle sticks.
Both of these pieces came from our friend Jackie’s Rod Works store in Asheville, NC.
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More Cozy Winter Tablescape Ideas from Our Friends
Next up on the tour is our friend Rachel from The Pond’s Farmhouse.
You’re not going to want to miss her creative tablescape ideas!
She made the most amazing candle stick holder that you have to check out!
Be sure to click each of the blog names below the photos to get even more inspiration from our friends for your cozy winter table.
If you’re a blogger and you’d like to join our virtual dinner club for a month leave us a comment below or contact us here.
If you’ve missed any of our previous tablescape ideas just click the link for even more inspiration:
- Galentine’s Day Brunch
- St. Patrick’s Day
- Neutral Spring Table
- Colorful Outdoor Fiesta
- Summer Dinner Party
- Patriotic Celebration Ideas
- Backyard Picnic
- Football Tailgate Party
- Beautiful Fall Tablescape
- Thanksgiving Table
- Farmhouse Christmas Tablescape
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