Simple, Intimate, Ice Blue Christmas Table

Thanksgiving is officially behind us and while I have been itching to commence the holidays for what seems like months, now that they are officially here, I am wishing time would freeze. My goal was to finish shopping by today, Cyber Monday, but unfortunately, I haven’t even made a dent in my list. (I’ll be looking to several of my ideas I launched last week HERE – most all are still on sale). Once the decorating is finished and I have a grip on gifts, the focus switches to my favorite part of the holidays – the entertaining.

This week, to kick off the season, I have partnered with a talented group to bring 30 holiday entertaining ideas With the Styled-Set Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour, hosted by Lory of Designthusiasm. (You can check out  fall tables HERE)The group will be sharing a plethora of Christmas entertaining ideas- think tables, kitchens, and all that the holidays bring! If you arrived here via Kelly of My Soulful Home‘s glam farmhouse kitchen, welcome! I’m going to share a portion of my kitchen today also – an extension of my kitchen, really – the breakfast room. Some of my favorite memories, especially around the holidays, stem from intimate gatherings of hosting only one other couple. On those evenings, and for special dinners between my husband and myself, I prefer to dine in this room – she’s low maintenence but can get a little dressed up when she needs to 😉


While I can get pretty elaborate dressing my table in the dining room (you can check out all my tablescapes HERE), I typically take a much simpler approach in this eating area, using a statement centerpiece to set the tone.


I started with this large, hammered beverage tub and filled it with wet floral foam. The base is greenery pulled and cut from fresh pine and cedar garland. The night before, I actually had big, beautiful, white hydrangeas mixed in… in the morning, they were wilted. I didn’t have enough time to revive and dry them so I ended up sticking in a few faux I had purchased for one of my Christmas trees. (Note: I will be launching my office and dining room Christmas trees on Friday so be sure to check back then!)


I also used a few silver berry picks, some icicles, and then nestled a few icy blue ball ornaments in the arrangement to up the festive factor.


I am always looking for simple ways to jazz up place cards a bit. A tiny spring of greenery from the centerpiece is all I used here. (Some of my favorite place cards are from my first Christmas table this year (HERE), with the snowflake embellishment.)





just found these icy blue salad plates last week and fell in love! I only have a few sets of dinner plates but salad plates are my weakness because you can change them up so easily for a different look.


West Elm Salad Plates


Shop the Table

Here’s a little peek beyond the breakfast nook. My full Christmas home tour will be launching next Tuesday, 12/6 😉


I get a lot of questions on my table and chairs – you can currently get my chairs (HERE) for up to 30% off and my table was a DIY, transformed from black and orangey-copper (HERE).



While it is the season to celebrate with lots of friends, family, neighbors – and basically, everyone you know – don’t get so busy that you don’t make time to enjoy the small, quiet times. Plan a low key night in with your closest friend(s), wear pajamas, and even order take out. Remember to enjoy the season.




Chairs | Beverage Tub Centerpiece | Placemats | Dinner Plates | Blue Salad Plates | Napkins | Center Plate Coaster | Deer Place Card Holder | Table Runners: HomeGoods | Wreath: HomeGoods | Table: Refinished (PROJECT HERE) | Chandelier | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Curtain Rod | White Soup Tureen | Platter | Sideboard: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Candelabras (SIMILAR) | Cake Stands: HERE, HERE, HERE| Mirror: Hobby Lobby | Paint: Perfect Greige by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle


Next, head to my friend Kris’s home at Driven by Decor – I have shared her entertaining ideas too many times to count because I always glean so much inspiration from her. Today is a special treat because instead of hosting in her dining room, she will be set up in her breakfast nook – and, you HAVE to check out her stunning DIY banquet! Click HERE to get to Kris’s home and she will send you on to the next person in the loop at the end of her post. To make sure you don’t miss any, below is a preview of everyone on today’s tour, along with what’s to come later this week!



Elegant Christmas Table Setting in Pink and Gold |

Decor Gold Designs


 My Soulful Home


Kelley Nan


Driven by Decor


Coming Tuesday

Shabbyfufu | CitrineLiving | French Country Cottage
Maison Decor | Sand and Sisal | Sand and Sisal

Coming Wednesday

Bless’er House | Cedar Hill Farmhouse | Design, Dining and Diapers
Maison de Pax | So Much Better With Age | Sand and Sisal

Coming Thursday

Ella Claire | On Sutton Place | Randi Garrett Design
Savvy Southern Style | Stone Gable | Life On Virginia Street

Coming Friday

Buckets of Burlap | Finding Home Farms | Life On Virginia Street
Setting for Four | Sunny Side Up | The Wood Grain Cottage

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  1. 11.28.16

    Love it!! Ice blue is one of my most favorite colors and you have created a dreamy table. I hear you on wishing time would freeze I wouldn’t mind a pause button for about a week until I can catch up and catch my breath! Nicely done:)

    • 11.28.16

      YES! If only we could pause… I feel like we need 6 months to make sure we do all we can to enjoy the holidays haha

  2. 11.28.16
    Jayne said:

    Love everything! Hydrangeas are unpredictable but you saved the day and the arrangement is fabulous! Your decor is so fresh and inviting!

    • 11.28.16

      Jayne, thank you so much for saying that! I was so bummed but was glad to have a few quick options on hand 😉

  3. 11.28.16
    Tamara said:

    Kel I just love how elegant this is and that ice blue is so beautiful! Those little reindeer stole my heart though!! So precious! Xo

    • 11.28.16

      Tam, THANK YOU! They were a quick, last minute purchase this past week haha. Can’t wait to see yours!!

  4. 11.28.16
    Haneen said:

    Kelley, this is gorgeous, as usual!!

    • 11.28.16

      Haneen, thank you! So excited to see what you do in your bold dining room this year!

  5. 11.28.16
    Summer said:

    I love the icy blue, Kelley! And those little deer are so cute! I have the big ones but did not see the place cardholders. They are perfect ☺️❄️?

    • 11.28.16

      Summer, I have the big ones, too! HAHA I got those last year and the name card holders this past week. Excited to see your Christmas, soon! xoxo

  6. 11.28.16

    Absolutely gorgeous, Kelley! I had to laugh about the hydrangeas because I always have the same problem, but had no idea the ones in your photo were faux. Well done!! You breakfast area is quite beautiful… 🙂

    • 11.28.16

      Oh, Lory, thank you! Some of the ones I revived are now thriving in the kitchen but at the time, looked like sad, wet dogs! haha

  7. 11.28.16
    Bree said:

    Kelley, I’m absolutely blown away by your table!! I love the ice blue plates and your arrangement…there are no words!! Merry Christmas my friend! You rock!!! Xoxo

    • 11.28.16

      Bree, YOU ARE THE BEST!! Merry Christmas- I can’t wait to see your home all aglow!

  8. 11.28.16
    Joni King said:

    Another beautiful table Kelley Nan – love, love, love the blue! You are awesome and most inspiring!

    • 11.28.16

      Joni, thank you my sweet, supportive friend!

  9. 11.28.16
    Joanna said:

    Such a charming, cozy setting. I absolutely love your arrangement.

  10. 11.28.16
    Staci said:

    Hi Kelley,
    When I looked on line the plates looked more mint than blue. Are they the same? I seriously want to buy everything on your table!!!

    Thank you so much!!

    • 11.28.16

      Hi, Staci! They are definitely more blue than green. Kind of an auqa. The center part is the most green-ish. 😉 Thank you for your sweet words!

      • 11.28.16
        Staci said:

        Fantastic!!! Back to shopping 🙂

        • 11.28.16

          haha! Awesome! I can’t wait to jump on and knock out gifts tonight!

  11. 11.28.16

    Kelley, Simply stunning! Your table is cozy but does not lack in elegance! The centerpiece is magnificent! I’m so inspired!

    • 11.29.16

      Yvonne, thank you!! I can’t wait to see yours!!

  12. 11.28.16

    So pretty, Kelley! Love those sweet little deer placecard holders!

  13. 11.28.16

    Kelley! This is incredibly beautiful! I love the icy blue with the snowy sprays….such a gorgeous combination. So glad you included a little peek into your living room too! xoxo

  14. 11.29.16

    LOVE it all Kelley! Your table is gorgeous and your sentiments on point. While it is fun, festive & wonderful to get all wrapped up in the holiday fervor, making time to relax & enjoy with your close friends & family is really the heart of the holidays. I know yours will be beautiful in all ways!

  15. 11.29.16
    Annie said:

    Kelly this was gorgeous! I just love the attention to detail you put into your tablescapes with the names and sweet little deer atop plates! That ice blue is stunning!

    • 11.29.16
      Annie said:

      oh dear… I know how to spell your name Kelley – so sorry for the typo (time to head to bed, lol) xo!

  16. 11.29.16
    Ann said:

    I’ve become somewhat of a stalker. Every time I come here I am filled with awe…and today is no different. Your table is stunning and simple at the same time. Do you know how hard that is to accomplish? Yet you do it all the time. Happy Holidays and best wishes for an amazing New Year!

  17. 11.30.16

    Always so pretty and elegant and just the right touches without being too much. Beautiful Kelley!

    • 12.2.16

      Janet, thank you! I am so excited to make time to go see yours!

  18. 11.30.16
    Jamie said:

    It’s just stunning! I love that buffet. Everything is perfect. So fun being on the tour with you.
    Hugs, Jamie

    • 12.2.16

      Jamie, thank you so much! I have a lot to catch up on 😉

  19. 12.2.16

    Love this Kel! Your fatx hydrangeas look fabulous! Way to improvise!!! xo

    • 12.2.16

      Randi, thank you! The only think that made me feel better was thinking back to your faux vs real post 😉

  20. 12.3.16
    Taryn @ Design Dining and Diapers said:

    This is really beautiful. The centerpiece is so festive and I love the shot looking into the room with your tree!

    • 12.6.16

      Taryn, thank you so much! Kinda crazy but I kinda like it haha