A Blue Christmas Table Setting

LAST UPDATED: Nov 26, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Nov 13, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

This holiday table will leave you feeling blue, in the best possible way. Soft touches of blue juniper berries, privet, and blue velvet create a soft Christmas palette. 

traditional kitchen draped in garland peeking into breakfast nook with blue christmas flower arrangement

It’s that time of year – I’m sharing our breakfast nook all decked out for Christmas as part of the Seasons of Home tour! I’m so excited for the holidays! I’ve been playing Holly Jolly Christmas Songs and making some of our favorites including Peanut Butter FudgePeanut Clusters and hot chocolate.

Simple and Sophisticated in Blue

Can you believe it’s already time to share a little fresh holiday decor? I feel like November is flying by, and I have so much I want to create and share in the weeks ahead.

Dining room with wooden table and chairs set with a blue christmas table setting.

My Christmas decor is generally a slow crawl – I like to pace myself and enjoy the process, versus getting stressed out about having it all done in a day.

This year, I wanted to create a holiday table in a slightly different color palette. I was inspired by the soft beautiful shade of blue in juniper berries that grow at the lake cottage and a pretty velvet ribbon I found.

It was the inspiration I always look for when deciding on my Christmas decor each year! 

christmas table setting in a breakfast nook draped in cedar garland

A Soft Blue Table Setting

If you’ve been following along for a while, you know that my decor usually fits two criteria:

  • Simple
  • Fresh

This makes decorating green while not requiring any storage the other 11 months out of the year!

Dining room with wooden table and chairs set with a blue christmas table setting.

As a minimalist, I draw from everyday staples (listed below) and accent with foraged greens and flowers. This blue Christmas table setting is no different! 

juniper on a linen napkin and white plates for christmas

It’s comprised of the below favorites, many of which I’ve had for 5-10 years and use regularly!

You can see more of my minimalist favorites and subscribe on YouTube here!

Classic pieces transition from season to season effortlessly, without consuming additional cabinet and counter space! I added a little luxe velvet ribbon for a touch of color and texture.

juniper wreath with blue velvet ribbon in cream breakfast nook

To Create This Blue Christmas Centerpiece You’ll Need:

  • Juniper
  • Privet Berries (any berries will do, hypericum tend to be easily accessible)
  • Garden Roses (however, any roses will do)

Designing a Garden Rose Centerpiece

Nothing inspires me quite like the shape, fragrance and lush petally look of garden roses. These cream beauties have the most incredible scent! This centerpiece is quite simple to create, I promise.

A centerpiece of evergreens and roses with a juniper wreath in the background.

You’ll need three types of stems. In my case I used juniper, privet berry, and garden roses.

  1. Fill your vase with water.
  2. Prep your stems by removing any leaves that may fall below the top of the vase.
  3. Working along the outside, add your first layer of greenery. Choose the greens that drape the best – in this case it was my privet berry simply because it had a longer stem. On the outside of the vase, angle the greenery so you can see how you’d like it to fall and what length you would like it to be. I like to do this near the edge of a counter top so I can visually see where I need to cut. Cut at an angle, and repeat with all the stems.
  4. Add your second layer of greenery, in this case stems of fresh juniper, again working along the outside.
  5. Measure and cut your garden rose blooms working in all directions, turning your vases as you work. Work your way inward.
  6. Continue with any additional flowers.
  7. Fill in any holes with greenery until your arrangement feels full and adjust as needed.

To make this table setting dramatic, I added a cedar garland around the door frame. It adds the most beautiful scent and frames the breakfast nook beautifully!

juniper christmas wreath with velvet ribbon hanging on wall

How to Hang Garland

I received several questions on Instagram asking how to hang garland. It’s simple! However, I do have a few tips!

  1. To hang garland over a door frame, simply hammer 3 nails (or 2 for a standard door frame) into the top. You can remove after the holidays and no one will ever know they ever existed!
  2. Starting at the end, allow for the amount of drape you want and work your way up to your first nail. Find the natural “break” to make the corner and push down onto the nail so that the garland catches.
  3. Find the natural break in the center and push onto the middle nail.
  4. Find the natural break to drape over the other side of the door frame and insert onto the nail.
  5. Drape and trim where desired (preferably at a break).
Blue Christmas Centerpiece

Blue Christmas Centerpiece

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Learn how to create an easy and beautiful soft blue Christmas centerpiece comprised of roses, berries and juniper.

Materials

  • juniper
  • berries
  • roses

Tools

  • Floral Shears

Instructions

    1. Fill your vase with water.
    2. Prep your stems by removing any leaves that may fall below the top of the vase.
    3. Working along the outside, add your first layer of greenery.
    4. Choose the greens that drape the best - in this case it was my privet berry simply because it had a longer stem. On the outside of the vase, angle the greenery so you can see how you’d like it to fall and what length you would like it to be. I like to do this near the edge of a counter top so I can visually see where I need to cut. Cut at an angle, and repeat with all the stems.
    5. Add your second layer of greenery, in this case stems of fresh juniper, again working along the outside.
      Measure and cut your garden rose blooms working in all directions, turning your vases as you work. Work your way inward.
    6. Continue with any additional flowers.
    7. Fill in any holes with greenery until your arrangement feels full and adjust as needed.

Notes

Cut stems at an angle.

Replace with fresh water as needed.

Refrigerate to extend the life of the arrangement.

Create 1-2 days in advance. Roses get comfortable and tend to open up more over time.

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