Try a Colorful Global Eclectic Christmas Tablescape this Year!

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Create a stunning scene for your holiday gathering with a beautiful globally inspired eclectic Christmas tablescape.

Happy holidays! Whether you just want a fancy family dinner or hosting the next big traditional meal, impress your family and friends with a beautiful colorful table layered with global textiles, dishes, and a unique centerpiece.

Global-Eclectic Christmas Tablescape

Welcome to A Very Global Christmas where you’ll find twelve days of globally inspired holiday decorating ideas and DIYs created by my friend Casa Watkins Living and myself. We adore infusing color, plants, and outside-the-box ideas by repurposing what we have or making inexpensive new accessories.

Don’t miss our Christmas trees, gift ideas, gift wrapping, ornaments, recipes, DIY table decor, advent wreaths, and decorating ideas that we’ve shared for the first nine days.

You can find all of mine on A Very Global Christmas page and Stephanie’s on her Global Christmas Ideas page. Bonus, we’ve been doing this for many years so there are loads of inspiration. Thanks for supporting our annual series!

A colorful and eclectic Christmas tablescape with a global throw as a table cloth and view into the living room with a green velvet sofa and german smear fireplace wall.
A Colorful Eclectic Christmas Tablescape
Very Global Christmas 2021 Banner.
A Very Global Christmas

My Christmas table this year features family heirlooms, childhood treasures, thrifted decor, and global textiles. Our small dining area received a major makeover during quarantine complete with a DIY wall mural.

You can read all about how I divided the living-dining combo in this story. But it has been so much fun decorating and using the space. Which my family of four does a lot!!

Mixed metals make a dreamy maximalist Christmas table setting with silver bells and greenery on a gold chandelier and brass champagne flutes and candlesticks with ornaments on a colorful tablecloth with blue chairs.  View of the open concept living areas is seen in the background.
Silver Bells and Brass MCM Candlesticks
A hand-painted abstract landscape mural is in a small dining area featuring eclectic and colorful decor.
DIY Painted Wall Mural

I thought I was going to keep the table settings simple but that is so not me and after a quick rummage through the linen closet, I decided on a knitted throw we picked up in a night market in Chaing Mai, Thailand, and layered it with a runner from a big box decorating store called Nitori in Japan.

Miessen china is layered with other dishes and global textiles in this maximalist and colorful Christmas table setting.
Christmas Tablescape with Global Style

Most of the place setting items came from my grandmother’s collections or are pieces my grandpa saves from his friend’s metal yard like the copper chargers and brass champagne flutes.

Crystal stemware, blue Danube china, a few very special Miessen porcelain cobalt blue ground fruit plates look gorgeous together! The fruit plates totally go with my fruit and floral theme this year.

I kept my fancy serving ware in its wood chest and put out our everyday silverware on Ralph Lauren napkins I’ve had for ages. I like the modern contrast to the dishes and the silver matches the silver bells hanging from the chandelier.

A bright and colorful table setting for Christmas with fine china and global textiles.
A Colorful Place Setting

Decorating a Chandelier for Christmas

About those bells… There was a nativity play that was a gift to the community of Fort Worth for about 60 years I think. It was a beautiful Christmas pagant with performances by the Texas Boys Choir and Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir sponsored by a prominent family here.

My sister and I took part for nine years as cherubs then angels. Every year we were gifted a silver bell. Unfortunately, the patron passed away and after a rough year with covid, the last performance was two years ago. I really hope they find a way to bring it back!

Silver bells hang from colorful velvet ribbon and greenery on a gold dining room chandelier for Christmas.
Silver Bells Hanging with Colorful Velvet Ribbons on a Chandelier

My mother recently took out the box of bells from her attic and I was thrilled to display them this year. I decided on hanging them with velvet ribbon and adding garland around the top. You could get a similar look with ornaments instead of bells!

Beautiful silver bells hang in front of a landscape mural for Christmas.
Beautiful Bells Against the Landscape Mural

A Global Eclecitc Christmas Table Centerpiece

Back to the table. The centerpiece is made up of ball ornaments from Target on second-hand mid-century modern candlesticks. I found those for a dollar apiece last summer. They really go well with the global eclectic look and our dining table is a MCM piece too.

A view of a colorful global Christmas tablescape into the kitchen with white cabinets and granite counter tops.  Bright floral curtains pop against bright  white walls.
View into Kitchen
Christmas ornaments on brass candlesticks make a creative and easy table centerpiece for the holidays.
Ornaments on Brass Candlesticks Make a Creative and Easy Centerpiece

Another great find last year was these two etchings found at an antique store. My friend is an expert with these things said she thought they might be special. After a little research I learned, they are numbered etchings by French artists, Marshe, and were printed from the plates at the Witney Museum in New York which is embossed on the etchings. So cool.

I purchased them for $30 each. 🙂 They look so pretty between Anthropologie curtains and my DIY cane cabinet from an Ikea storage piece which displays middle Easter coffee pots and temple dogs from China that my husband found while deployed.

Estate sales and antique malls are my favorite two places to look for global decor. I always pair them with modern pieces for a nice balance!

Beautiful black and white art on white walls and colorful floral curtains in a small dining area.
Black and White Art
Bright white walls with a rattan cabinet and colorful-global Christmas dining table setting with blue dining chairs.
White Walls and Colorful Decor
A global throw blanket is layered with a table runner for a global Christmas tablescape in a cute dining room.
Our Small Dining Are Decorating for Christmas

I hope you enjoyed touring the dining area and tablescape and are inspired to create your own global eclectic Christmas table!

Now let’s head over to Casa Watkins Living to see her beautiful Terracotta Christmas Table!

Boho Holiday Terracotta Tablescape from Casa Watkins Living.
DIY Terracotta Christmas Table from Casa Watkins Living

kathy
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