I'm using some of my favorite items from the shops at Colonial Williamsburg to put together a rustic yet chic holiday table! I love incorporating oranges decorated with cloves as we used to make in Norway when I was a boy.


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When I was a boy growing up in Norway I always remember my Mormor setting the most festive holiday table using whatever we had around the house... inside and out. We'd gather bits and bobs and craft them into ornaments for the table and we'd get greens from outdoors and create magical centerpieces. 


My job was always pushing cloves into oranges to make pomanders. Boy, did that ever take a toll on my little fingers! Nowadays I use my kit from Colonial Williamsburg and carve out trenches for the cloves so they push in easily!


I hope this post inspires you to have fun with your own holiday table with whatever you have around the house!

This post includes the most beautiful products available in the shops of Colonial Williamsburg: WILLIAMSBURG King’s Arms table runner and napkins by Park Designs, WILLIAMSBURG Arcadia Crimson plates by Caskata, CW Shop Shrub glasses, CW Shop Cloved Orange (kit), CW Shop Red Taper Candles

Get all these items and so much more at shop.colonialwilliamsburg.com

You will need:
Table linens
Greens
Magnolia Leaves
Candles and holders
Place settings
Orange pomanders
Other festive accents
  1. When picking greenery for a tablescape it's important to pick something that will last for a while. sweet paul Nov 22, 2020, 6:56 PM (10 days ago) to Paul When picking greenery for a tablescape its important to pick something that will last for a while. Magnolia leaves are perfect as they will last you the whole holiday season long.
  2. Once you have put down your tablecloth add a few low candlesticks along the middle of the table.
  3. Then add magnolia leaves and branches along the middle too.
  4. Once you are happy add accents of red berries and other greenery.
  5. A great tip is to use those small plastic containers that flower shops use when you buy a single rose to keep things alive. You can find those online or at your local florist.
  6. Orange pomanders are always a staple on our holiday table. Get one of the kits from Williamsburg and use the small carving tool to carve your patterns before sticking in your cloves.
  7. Set the table with your favorite and most festive dishes and glassware. Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns to keep it festive!
  8. Enjoy your time around the table wether you're alone or with friends and family. God jul!

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I'm using some of my favorite items from the shops at Colonial Williamsburg to put together a rustic yet chic holiday table! I love incorporating oranges decorated with cloves as we used to make in Norway when I was a boy.
Photography by Paul "Sweet Paul" Lowe

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