Casual Blue & White Holiday Table

by | Nov 10, 2021 | All Things Home, Decorating, Holiday, Winter | 12 comments

Disclosure: This casual blue & white holiday table post is sponsored by Walmart.  As always, all opinions and words are my own.

I have some more fun Gap Home goodies sold exclusively at Walmart to share with you today!   Of course, I’m inspired by Gap Home’s classic blue and white color palette.  They are definitely speaking my language.  As I was looking through their home items to decide what to share today, I kept coming back to these playful blue and white dishes.   Most of the pieces I use for my own table settings as well as ones for photoshoots are vintage or antique, which can then be more of a challenge to duplicate.  For this casual blue and white holiday table, I thought it would be fun to use dishes from Gap Home and other accessories and decor from Walmart, so it could easily be replicated.

THESE are the Gap Home dishes that inspired this casual blue and white holiday table…

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

I started with an antique table runner that I made out of a piece of toweling years ago.  Here are a few blue and white runners from Walmart that would also look great for this casual holiday table…

 

On top of the runner, I placed this faux eucalyptus garland and some pinecones I collected from my neighborhood.  If you can’t forage pine cones, you can buy some HERE.

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

This garland is very realistic-looking and a nice garland for the price.  I also like that it’s not overtly Christmas, so it can be used for many different occasions.  This casual blue and white holiday table is meant to be a table that could work for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any event during the fall and winter months.

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

I mixed one bunch of live seeded eucalyptus into the faux garland to fill it out even more.  Mixing live and fax greens is a trick I’ve used for years.  It makes the fake pieces look more realistic, but saves you from having to buy a lot of live greens and flowers.

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

When mixed together, you can’t even tell where the live sprigs end and the faux garland begins.

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

I used a couple of the lunch plates from the Gap Home dishes set as “candle holders” for some plain, white pillar candles.  I really like that this place setting comes with a dinner plate, luncheon plate, a shallow soup/pasta bowl, and a deeper soup/cereal bowl.  It’s much more practical than a teacup and saucer in each setting and a better combination for families today.  If you need them, you can buy a set of mugs that match the dishes HERE.

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

I added THIS blue and white gingham ribbon to the garland on the table and also used it for place cards.  I tucked some live persimmons and walnuts (in the shell) in the garland as well.

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

I ordered some little brass bells to tie place cards to for this casual blue and white holiday table.  Place cards are fun to use even if it’s just your family or a casual gathering of friends.  It is a personal touch that doesn’t take long.

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

I wrote our names on some scrap pieces of paper in blue ink…

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

…and tied each one with the gingham ribbon onto a little brass bell.

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

I love how these turned out!  They are so simple but look really cute draped over the bowl.

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

I think the shine of the bells adds that holiday touch to this casual table and warms up the blue & white color palette.  This is another example that Christmas doesn’t have to be red and green and Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be earth tones!

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

I surrounded the pillar candles with walnuts to fill out the plates a bit better and add some texture.

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

I don’t think you can go wrong mixing in pretty seasonal elements like fresh fruit, nuts, and pine cones.  The ribbon adds a nice pop of color and ties the natural elements in with the blue and white dishes.

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

I think this casual blue and white holiday table is a good example that pretty doesn’t have to be expensive or fussy.  It also shows how you can mix patterns and new and old.  I hope you are able to pull a lot of inspiration for your own holiday tables!

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

I love how it turned out!  It’s fresh, playful, but yet feels festive and elegant all at the same time.  That’s a holiday decorating win in my book.

casual blue & white holiday table | Gap Home at Walmart | miss mustard seed

You can find all of the items I used from Gap Home and Walmart here…

For more inspiration, you can find my 2019 green, blue, and white holiday table created with items Walmart HERE.

12 Comments

  1. Beverlee Lyons

    What everyone is going to ask……the match holder/striker? proper name for it? Love it. And, the rest, too. My colors!

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    • Marian Parsons

      Yes, it’s a vintage match striker! I bought it on eBay. You have to look around because some exactly like this can have a wide variation in price. I was able to get this one for about $20.

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  2. Sandy

    The table looks so pretty. I love all of the things you brought together to make folks sitting down to such a table feel special. That’s a wonderful idea about mixing faux and fresh flowers/vines together. Looks great!

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  3. Kimberly

    LOVE this! Would you share where the napkins are from?

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    • Marian Parsons

      Sure! They are from Linen Bee. they sell them on their website and Etsy.

      Reply
  4. Dianne

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    I love it! It is a perfect holiday table for our life style. And, blue and white, my favorite as well. You are so inspiring.

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  5. Babs

    So darling! Love all your attention to detail and your choices. The china is very cute and would mix beautifully with antique blue and white pieces. Good design doesn’t have to be expensive.

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  6. Terry

    Love this, as usual everything you do. Seeing so many table settings this time of year but I struggle how to decorate when serving family style. All that food on the table no where for decorating. Someone always has to put something down after passed, no room, move the decor. Any suggestions?

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    • Debbie

      Maybe tall candlesticks and tapers with decorative candle rings that rest at the base of the candle. Or ribbon around the base of the candle. Do this down the middle of the table and it takes up little room. I’ve used vases/bottles, with a sprig of holly and ribbon tied around the neck of the bottle, down the middle of the table.

      I love the family-style way of serving, and always wondered just how big does my table need to be to fit it all on?! 😉

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  7. Kimberly Carnegie Bruhn

    Thought of you today…they had bags of assorted nuts (in shells) for sale at Wal-Mart and I remembered you said your family had them and a nutcracker through the holidays! I remember my nana doing that, too.

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  8. Kristine Puzel

    I love this! It is, as you say, both casual and elegant, and quite festive for any occasion. I love the persimmons mixed in. They create the perfect bright highlight and contrast from the blue, and neutrals!! Definitely pinning this to come back to for inspiration !

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  9. Sharon Paul

    Thank you Ms Beverlee – I was wondering about the match striker, so cute!

    Thanks for sharing your festive tablescape. I have blue & white decor in our living & dining spaces. It’s nice to see examples that go along with my decor/may already be things I have rather than the traditional holiday colors.

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