Cozy Holiday Tablescape with Oranges, Cedar & Walnuts

This elegant but cozy holiday tablescape features oranges, walnuts, and lots of greenery to create an Old World European feel that’s perfect for a holiday dinner or brunch.

I know we all keep hearing this, but there’s no doubt the holiday season will feel very different this year. Gone are the large cocktail parties, work get-togethers and cookie exchanges. And most of us won’t be with as many family members as we normally would. 

But despite that, or maybe even because of it, I’m determined to make this year feel special! Rather than focusing on what we can’t do, I’m choosing to focus on what we can do. I’m looking forward to spending lots of cozy nights at home with the kids, watching Christmas movies, baking, and of course, driving around to see lights. That’s one that hasn’t changed! 😉


gorgeous European style holiday table setting with oranges and gold chargers

And I also want to make our Christmas meals feel extra special, too. Setting a beautiful table, even if it’s just for your immediate family, really elevates the meal and makes it feel more important.

This holiday table feels very cozy, and it goes with the European feel I’ve been loving this year. To me, it feels earthy and natural, and yet elegant, too. And best of all? It was easy and inexpensive!


cozy holiday tablescape greens oranges walnuts and brass candles centerpiece

The centerpiece consists of branches of pine and cedar going down the middle of the table. I used a mix of branches I purchased at Trader Joe’s along with some from my yard. Along with the greenery I added oranges and walnuts for a natural touch. I love that it feels more European, and we can eat them afterward!


cozy holiday tablescape with oranges walnuts brass candlesticks and mercury glass votives gorgeous Christmas table

 And no flowers! Can you believe it? I love flowers and if you’ve been here for awhile you know I use them in most of my tables, but this was so much easier and less expensive!

A mix of brass candlesticks from Terrain and Pottery Barn bring the warmth of gold to the table. This time I skipped a runner and let the greens be the “runner,” and then added some mercury glass votives for added glow and coziness. 


little wreath on white plate with bell napkin ring Christmas table setting ideas

I decided to use these new French wine glasses I got earlier this fall. I love them! And I love that they feel less formal than a more traditional glass. They balance out all the gold and keep that balance of casual and chic that I love. 


brass bell on linen napkin holiday tablescape ideas

The brass bell napkin rings are so cute! They were from Pottery Barn a couple of years ago, but I’ve found them on Ebay! And of course, you could easily make your own, too.


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And the gold flatware is a definite favorite of mine! It’s from Target and so inexpensive! It feels richer and warmer than stainless and it’s perfect for fall and winter tables.


mini wreath on white plate over gold charger holiday tablescape

A white dinner plate is layered over a gold charger for a luxe look perfect for the holidays. To create some interest on the white plate I added a little wreath to each place setting. I love the added touch of green it brings and it ties into the centerpiece nicely.


gorgeous cozy holiday tablescape European style with greenery and oranges

Flax linen napkins are my absolute favorite and something I return to again and again. They’re classic and so versatile! The placemats are also linen in a slightly darker shade.


French country holiday decorating gorgeous dining room decor


gorgeous holiday Christmas tablescape with greenery oranges and mercury glass votives

Even if our holiday is not what we expected, we can help to make it even more special with just a little extra effort. I hope you are inspired to create your own cozy holiday tablescape – and hopefully next year we’ll all be setting tables for 12 or more again!

Happy Holidays!



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Be sure to visit some of the fabulous ladies who are also sharing their holiday table settings below!

 Rooms for Rent





 Crazy Wonderful


Nina Hendrick




 Jennifer Rizzo


 Maison de Pax




 My Sweet Savannah


If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out some of my other holiday table settings below!

Holiday Table Setting with Cedar and Brass Bells

Casual Chic Green & White Christmas Tablescape

Classic Christmas Table Setting with Pinecones & Greenery


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  1. I’m loving the European vibes your table gives! It’s elegant and so inviting!

  2. This is exactly what I had in my head to do! I love the simplicity and reusability of the decor! Thanks for the goblet glasses link. I think I shall pick up four for us and our kids. Are they a good weight….not too thin and easily breakable? Thanks Sheila 🙂

    1. Hi and thanks so much for your kind comment! My wine glasses are very sturdy but they are actually these:

      They are not available for shipping which is why I didn’t link them, but some stores still have pick up available. The Crate and Barrel that I linked are almost exactly the same look and size and have very good reviews so I linked them as a similar option! And if you don’t mind the bee glasses, they are very sturdy because I have those, too!

      Hope that helps!


  3. Absolutely gorgeous! I love your style and I thoroughly enjoy your blog.
    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us.

  4. Did I tell you that I could move into your home and be happy for the rest of my life. Amazing tablescapes! Amazing blog! Thank you!

    1. Aww Ruth, thank you! You absolutely made my day!!


  5. SO beautiful Sheila!! I love how you paired the chestnuts and dried oranges with all the winter greens 🙂 It is so cozy, and I just love your mindset this year too! I feel the same exact way 🙂

    1. Thank you sweet friend! And thanks for hosting!

      Merry Christmas!


  6. This is stunning! I love oranges this time of year, and pairing them with the walnuts is perfection!