How to Style a Rustic Dinner Table for the Holidays

  • Photography by: Andrea Posadas
  • Copy by: Amanda Holstein
  • Styling by: Andrea Posadas & Amanda Holstein

When it comes to the holidays, clean and rustic decor may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But if this defines your every day style, then why not incorporate it into your holiday routine?

Start with the centerpiece

When creating your holiday tabletop, it’s best to start with the centerpiece and work outward from there. For this clean and rustic look, we started with a simple garland and laid it down the center of the table. To give it some depth, we added in white berries and a few antlers. We incorporated gold candlesticks to create a more festive vibe and a few tea lights to warm up the space.

Personalize place settings

Place settings are where you can really personalize the tabletop. Have fun with the decor and make it yours! These Polaroid prints gave our place settings a unique, rustic feel—we just selected a few images from Instagram that fit our theme and printed them with the Fujifilm Instax Instant Smartphone Printer.

It’s also important to tie in elements from the centerpiece to keep the look cohesive, so we added just a sprig of white berries to each. The soft blue plates, linen napkins, and wood accent silverware provided by Chairs + Cups complemented our natural and rustic theme.

Serve dinner family style

Serving the food family style is a great way to make dinner more intimate. Start with a cheeseboard and warm bread, then introduce the main meal in simple white porcelain bowls and natural wooden trays. Incorporating natural elements, like sprigs and garland from the centerpiece, on the serveware adds a nice touch.

And don’t forget about dessert! Kelly of A Side of Sweet created these beautiful spiced layer cakes featuring a cardamom espresso buttercream and a brown sugar cream cheese frosting. She lightly frosted the cakes to create a more rustic feel and incorporated a few natural materials as well, like pine cones and sprigs. Check out the full recipe here!


Creative Direction: Andrea Posadas & Amanda Holstein
Photography: Andrea Posadas
Tabletop Rentals: Chairs + Cups
Florals: Tango & Foxtrot
Food: Whole Foods San Francisco
Cakes: A Side of Sweet
Serveware: Target