My Scandinavian Style Christmas Tablescape

Scandinavian style decor can be a wonderful way to decorate your home.  Do you want to see how I created a serene and Scandi inspired Christmas tablescape?  This is one of my favorites!  I am excited to be participating in a fun blog hop this week and I am taking part with my Scandinavian inspired Christmas tablescape.  Thank you to Angie from Postcard from the Ridge for putting the whole thing together!   Make sure to get to the bottom of the post where you can see the full weeks schedule!  Now lets get to my table!

My Scandinavian style Christmas table. Come be inspired.

I do love me some Scandinavian style decor and it is especially wonderful at Christmas.  There are so many elements that go into Scandinavian style and I wanted to highlight a few of them:

  • furs
  • white
  • linen
  • fruits 
  • greenery
  • texture

These are just a few of the elements I wanted to add to my Scandinavian style Christmas tablescape.  And….I did this all with items from my home!  Or… sisters home.  Let me explain.  I have really wanted to create a very handmade Christmas this year. There is something about being able to create a whole new look without spending any money that satisfies me.  I mean, we all know we have plenty to spend out precious dollars on this month.

I think that after a year of constantly designing and decorating I really wanted to simplify this Christmas.  This means I had to do a lot ALOT of editing.  One thing I notice about Scandinavian design is that it seems as if each and every element or decor piece is picked very carefully and they are strategically placed int he best spot.

For my Scandinavian style Christmas tablescape I wanted to start fresh.  I wanted the look of a linen tablecloth, but alas I did not have one…but what I did have was a large sheet of dropcloth fabric.  The dropcloth definitely gives the look and feel of a linen tablecloth without the cost.

Scandinavian style Christmas tablescape

I used a piece of thinner fabric as a table runner to break up the dropcloth and add a bit of a soft touch.  

I always like to add a charger or some kind of focal point under my plates.  My sister brought a huge bin of olive branches and Eucalyptus when she came for Thanksgiving.  I was so thrilled.  I knew I wanted to use the Eucalyptus under the  plates.

Scandinavian style Christmas table


It is simple and nature inspired.  Just what I wanted.

The only thing I wanted to accessorize the plates with a single lemon from my sisters lemon tree.  Scandinavian Christmas design often uses fruits in their decor…as decor.  Its amazing how a simple thing like a piece of fruit can really make a table pop.

Be inspired by this Scandinavian style Christmas table

I filled clear jars with some water and then added pine tree clippings.  These clippings came from our Christmas tree this year.  We always go out and cut our own tree down and the extra clippings always come in handy.

In the center of the table, I used a collection of candles.  I have a huge collection of candlesticks that I saved from the trash bin and they have come in so handy!  More of them were used in my Scandinavian inspired Christmas mantel earlier this week.

The addition of bits and pieces of olive branches and Eucalyptus adds more interest around the candlesticks and glass bottles.

Lemons at Christmas? Yes! A Scandinavian Christmas table

This may not seem like the traditional red, green and white Christmas style, but my gosh I am a fan of the simplicity and I think that trying out new styles is what makes a grow and learn.  And that pop of yellow from the lemons….I had no idea I was going to like that.

Scandinavian inspired Christmas tablescaoe full of hygge and texture

Each and every piece I put on the table was laid there with care.  I wanted each item to have a place and serve its purpose.  

Scandinavian style Christmas table

I love that these olive branches still actually have olives on them!  Isn’t it so fun?

This Scandinavian style Christmas tablescape was so very easy to create and I was able to do it without buying a bunch of fancy pieces.  It was scrounged and collected.  

Scandi inspired Christmas tablescape

Here is a peek at what the rest of my dining room looks like with the table all set.  Can you believe how adorable that tree is in the background?  There is nothing like a fresh cut tree.  Nothing….I tell you.

Scandinavian style Christmas table with natural elements, whites, fresh pines, and bells hanging from the chandelier

Have I told you how hard this space is to photograph?  It has one large window that always gets int he way when I am trying to take a good photo.  The light is wonderful, but it also can be difficult to deal with.  

The last thing I did to add a bit more Scandinavian decor is that I hung brass bells from the chandelier in the room.  I used simple twine to tie them and alternated their lengths.

Scandinavian inspired Christmas table

What do you think?  Did I pull of a Scandinavian style Christmas table?  I like to think that this is my take and that I was inspired by the Scandinavian decor to bring my own twist to it.  

Want to add Scandinavian style to your home this Christmas? Check out this post!


Scandinavian style Christmas table set for a feast! Check out all the amazing features in this dining room.

Now it’s time to see all the Christmas ideas from these talented home bloggers. Here’s the tour lineup for the week. Be sure to visit everyone for wonderful Christmas ideas for the whole house. The links for each topic are below the images.

Monday – Christmas Mantel Ideas



Tuesday – Christmas Tablescape Ideas




Wednesday – Christmas DIY/Craft Project Ideas



Thursday – Christmas Tree Ideas




Friday – Christmas Recipes



  1. Sara, I love your simple, Scandinavian inspired table! I’m also trying to do more natural, simple decor this Christmas and love your ideas. The olive branches are so pretty and the lemons are a great touch. And the bells are so Scandi!! Thanks for joining the tour. Have a great holiday season! ~ Angie

  2. Love this fresh, simple style! The yellow does add that pop of color that turns the room into something festive, and I love the orange slice garland! And yes…my dining room has a big bay window; oh the photo challenge!

  3. You have a beautiful table setting and the simpleness makes it really lovely. Thanks, what i wonderful scent.

  4. I love everything about this tablescape! I’m all about simple and I love the pop of yellow from the lemons. It’s so unexpected and so pretty!

  5. Sara…how lucky you are to have lemons and olives this time of the year! Your table is absolutely perfect…simple and calm. And I do love that charming little tree in the corner. You are all set for a lovely meal.

    So happy to join you on this fantastic blog tour!

    Hugs, Lynn

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