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Joy to the World Tablescape

Although this year will be different, I am determined to enjoy this holiday season as much as I possibly can. Today I am hosting a Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop. I hope you enjoy the tablescapes all of these talented bloggers have created and get some inspiration for setting a pretty table for yourself this holiday season.

Begin styling this table with a roll of wrapping paper. You can select any wrapping paper color or pattern. Preferably you would want something that does not have a horizontal pattern to it. Roll it down your entire table and onto the floor, leaving the roll on the floor for the time being.

Roll out a solid roll of paper on top of your patterned paper.

Measure the sides to make sure your runner is centered on your table.

Your table will be looking somewhat like this with the layers of papers down the center. If the top paper wants to move around, you can add a little double sided tape here or there to secure it.

Take a piece of your top paper, which could be white or kraft or butcher table. You can go free hand like my friend, Brian did for me, or use a machine to print out words. I selected “Joy to the World”. Make sure you leave an ample amount of paper both above and below the message.

Use tape to add the paper with the message to the end of your table, positioning it so the message is read at the end of the table.

The next step is to add a focal point to your centerpiece. I found this beautiful reindeer at Michaels on sale and have plans to use him all over the house. You can use a tree, a basket of ornaments, or anything for your focal point.

Add something else to your table. I added these chunky black distressed candle holders. The black picked up the black in the buffalo check wrapping paper.

Add garlands down the center of your table. I began with a magnolia garland that I used on my Fall Mantel. Weave your garland among the items on your tabletop.

I layered a faux evergreen garland on top of the magnolia garland for fullness.

Make sure you add enough garland to let it drape over the end of your table and wrap around the words on the table runner as shown above!

You now have a stunning wrapping paper table runner! This will wow your guests!

Now it is time to set your table! I found these sweet red and black buffalo check salad plates at Kohls. It was easy to top black chargers with white dinner plates and these fun plaid ones.

Black napkins and red Pioneer Woman flatware were another way to coordinate with my wrapping paper.

Crystal water glasses and ruby wine goblets rounded out the table settings.

I loved how (totally unplanned) the black metal frame of my chandelier coordinated with the table colors.

Find the wrapping paper here:
The white paper:
Black Acrylic Pen:


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Chloe is the creator of Celebrate & Decorate. Chloe is passionate about having a comfortable and well designed home - she also loves to entertain family and friends. Learn more about Chloe. Follow Chloe: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube


  1. Chloe, Wow! I love the wrapping paper runner. Thanks for the steps in pictures with instructions.
    Your table has so many wow factors. The reindeer centerpiece was a perfect find for your room with high ceilings. The greenery runners and candlesticks
    pull everything together with your striking plate stack.
    Thanks for all you do for the hops. Enjoy your family.

  2. Chloe, your table looks amazing! I love all the buffalo check and the way your runner and the garland are cascading over the edge! It’s helpful to see the steps you took to decorate as well. Beautiful table! And thanks for hosting this holiday blog hop!

  3. Chloe, You pulled out all the stops with your creative table wrapping paper runner and cascading garland on your table! The reindeer is spectacular and so handsome and I love the overhead shot from your light fixture. We need more Joy these days! Thanks so much all your organizing efforts, it’s always it’s a treat to hop with you, Merry December. ♥

  4. Yeah! Am I the first? I love the paper over paper as the runner. I’m stealing this for Christmas dinner. What an easy cleanup too. It looks so pretty with all your pine and black candle sticks. Can you bear to throw it away? Thanks for hosting this table hop.

    1. Yes, you were first! I am finally getting around to responding! I actually rolled up the papers and gave then to a friend who asked what I was going to do with it. So, another family will get to enjoy it now!

  5. Chloe, I adore the idea of using wrapping paper as a runner! That paired with the lush garland and gorgeous reindeer make a stunning centerpiece. The black and red checked plates add the perfect festive touch. I hope that you have a most joyous and blessed holiday season!

  6. Chloe, using wrapping paper is an excellent idea! I always have way to much leftover paper, so I really need to use this technique.
    And there’s so many good ideas to make a stunning statement table! Beautiful job.

  7. Chloe, you & Brian did an outstanding job of making paper look like textile and fine graphics! Really rich, with all the layering of garlands and the massive candlesticks. I love the look with the lanterns at the end of table with the graphic and flowing garland. I think you’ll find your deer will be quite versatile – he’s a handsome dude. And that shot above the chandelier made me look twice. It almost looked like a tiered serving dish down the center of the table, above the rest of the centerpiece. Very awesome, and affordable crafting in how you delivered. Thanks so much for always inspiring creativity. It is definitely a treat to be in your company on each tablescape event.

  8. Chloe, your wrapping paper runner is fabulous! Love the Joy to the World message! The red and black buffalo check plates look amazing with the fresh evergreen foliage runner, the deer focal point and the red flatware and black napkins! And yes your chandy really looks like it was made for this table! It is festive, fun and inviting! LOVE it all! So sorry to not participating today, but I am gathering so many inspirations for my holiday tables!

  9. Chloe, your table looks fabulous. Your garland is spectacular. Brian did a beautiful job lettering your runner. You are right, especially in those wonderful photos from above, your black lighting looks great with your table choices. Loving it!! Thank you so much for hosting this great hop, it is always a pleasure to participate. I hope you have a peaceful Christmas Season.

  10. Chloe, what a dramatic and festive table and centerpiece to start off the Christmas hop — wowza! I’m crushing on the reindeer (which is one of my holiday decorating themes); its fabulous. My favorite part of you clever and unique runner and centerpiece is how they spill off the table. Thank you for all the effort and care you put in gathering us together today, as we all badly need some holiday cheer.

  11. Chloe, what a wonderful tip to use various wrapping paper for a table runner. It looks so exquisite. The reindeer is the perfect centerpiece for this Joy to the World tablescape. I am a big fan of the red and black buffalo check pattern. It goes so well in any setting and with your lovely garland, candles and lanterns, it has turned your dining experience into a cozy and comforting, joyous endeavor. It certainly can brighten anyone’s day.

    1. Thank you so much Marsha, I was so disappointed in what I did for Thanksgiving, it is nice to feel like I have a success again!

  12. Chloe, I love the wrapping paper with the white overlay paper and the lovely Joy to the World with the cascading garland…Showstopper! Your overhead shot is so stunning with the lovely reindeer centerpiece and candles, so beautiful. Thanks for organizing the hops, I really appreciate all you do. Wishing you a Merry December and joyful Christmas season

    1. Thank you so much Pam, this is one I want to leave dressed on the table for the whole month!

  13. So pretty and creative. I love the wrapping paper runner. The cascading evergreens look beautiful with the Joy to the world. The reindeer centerpiece is a stunning piece and a great find. I adore the plaid plates. The overhead shot is priceless and it does look fabulous. Thanks again for organizing this wonderful blog hop. Enjoy your family time. Hugs

  14. Wow – wrapping paper – what a fabulous idea! I can’t wait to try that on a table very soon! Love your beautiful reindeer too! Thanks so much for hosting this fun hop – I’m so happy to join you!

  15. Thank you Chloe for a beautiful year of blog hops. Your table is inviting and one made for lingering. Great idea using wrapping paper for your runner, it’s a very economical choice. I love the reindeer and how the garland drapes at the end and how lush it is. Wishing you a Happy Holiday season!

    1. Thank you so much Sandra! I vowed to use things I had on hand this year and the wrapping paper and the deer were my big splurges!

  16. I love this tablescape and would love to be there to enjoy it with you my friend. Simply amazing as always!

  17. Bridget Imwalle says:

    Fantastic! Thank you very much for sharing!

  18. Wow, Chloe! This table is so dramatic and beautiful! Your handsome reindeer is a show stopper and the perfect centerpiece. Who knew that Brian is not only tech savy but also artistic? He did a great job drawing your banner freehand! I can’t get over the overhead shots. How did you get up there so high? I’ve climbed a ladder in my dining room, but I get dizzy and the photos come out blurry lol! I love how the garland drapes over the side of the table onto the floor. Just stunning! Thanks for hosting another fun hop! Happy Holidays, my friend!

  19. So pretty! But I gotta ask – where did you find that chandelier? It would look so nice in my home!

    1. Oh my Becky, we looked for that for four years. We bought it on a trip to Hilton Head and Bluffton, South Carolina. I think the store might have been Coastal Chic home Furniture, but I could be wrong.

  20. Lovely! Absolutely stunning coordination! But I have one question, is there room for the food?

    1. Gena, I like to serve my dinners plated or buffet style so that the food stays hot, so no extra space for family style is needed.

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