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Christmas Sleigh Centerpiece and Tablescape

Christmas table setting with a plaid tablecloth and napkins, poinsettia plates and drinking glasses, and a white wicker sleigh basket centerpiece filled with evergreens

Although we’re only a week into December, I’ve already set the table for a Christmas meal. I created a Christmas sleigh centerpiece for the dining room table using fresh greens and a poinsettia. Since we eat our everyday meals at the kitchen table, I love to keep the table setting in the dining room in place for the whole month. It’s another part of the Christmas decorations!

Once again, I’m joining a talented group of table stylists for a Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop. A big thank you to my friend Rita from Panoply for keeping us organized. If you’re stopping by after a visit with my friend Carol from  Bluesky at Home, welcome! We are both on the same page with red plaid this year. Be sure to visit all of the lovely tables at the end of this post!

Christmas Sleigh Centerpiece Inspiration

wicker basket in the shape of a sleigh

Last year, my friend Meredith gave us this basket in the shape of a sleigh. After my daughter had played with it, I put the sleigh away with the Christmas decor. As I was looking through my Christmas stash this year, it occurred to me that the sleigh would make a nice centerpiece.

I’ve actually styled a tablescape with a sleigh before. My Santa’s Sleigh Tablescape, however, features a much smaller vintage sleigh which is being pulled by reindeer.

wicker basket with metal holly decor

First, the sleigh needed a makeover. I removed the green and purple trim as it didn’t go with my traditional green and red color scheme.

painting a wicker sleigh basket white

Then I painted it white, which really made it stand out!

wicker sleigh basket painted white and decorated  with red and green plaid ribbon and metal holly

Finally, I replaced the trim with red, green and gold plaid ribbon. So much better!

Christmas sleigh centerpiece filled with poinsettias, cut evergreens, shrubs and berries on a red plaid tablecloth

I put a large red poinsettia inside the basket and stuffed it full with assorted evergreen, shrub and berry cuttings. It’s definitely a statement piece! Last year, my Woodland Themed Christmas Tablescape centerpiece was a pair of deer.

red plaid tablecloth, brass candelabra with red candlesticks, and red, green and gold ornaments strewn on the table in front of a Christmas sleigh centerpiece

The tablecloth is a recent thrift shop find. I love plaid, especially at Christmas!

red and black buffalo check charger with a poinsettia motif dinner plate and salad plate on top and a red plaid napkin held in place with a Christmas bells napkin ring

The plate stack starts with red and black buffalo check chargers from Dollar Tree. On top, I layered my poinsettia motif dinner plates and salad plates. I also used these plates for my Poinsettia Themed Tablescape three years ago. While not vintage, I bought them for a song at a thrift shop.

red and green plaid napkin with a gold Christmas bells napkin ring atop a plate stack of poinsettia motif plates

I was thrilled to find the red and green plaid napkins at a church bazaar this past weekend. They were just a quarter each!

red and green plaid napkin with a gold Christmas bells napkin ring atop a plate stack of poinsettia motif plates

The napkin rings are also from a church bazaar. The edges of the plates feature bells and pinecones, which mimic the design of the napkin rings!

vintage glass poinsettia motif pitcher and drinking glass

I couldn’t resist reusing my vintage glass poinsettia pitcher and drinking glasses.

white wicker Christmas sleigh centerpiece filled with evergreens and decorated with red and green plaid ribbon

One last look at the upcycled Christmas sleigh centerpiece!

red and black buffalo check charger with a poinsettia motif dinner plate and salad plate on top and a red plaid napkin held in place with a Christmas bells napkin ring in front of a Christmas Sleigh centerpiece

Thanks for stopping by today! Now it’s time to continue the hop. Next up is Ricki Jill from The Bookish Dilettante. You’re going to love her pink Christmas theme!

Until next time!


More Christmas Tablescapes to Enjoy

Everyday Living – A Nutcracker Parade

Debbee’s Buzz – Bringing Home the Christmas Tree Holiday Table

Pandora’s Box – “I can’t decide…”

Hyacinths for the Soul – Traditions ~ A Tablescape Blog Hop

Living with Thanksgiving – Merry and Bright
Tablescapes at Twenty-One – Winter Sports

Home is Where the Boat Is – Merry Little Christmas Village

Panoply – Forest Fantasy Holiday Tablescape

Corner of Plaid and Paisley – Evergreen and Gold Christmas Table

My Thrift Store Addiction – Nature-Inspired Christmas Table and Jadeite Cocoa Bar

The Painted Apron – Christmas Trucks and Trees

Me and My Captain – Silver and Gold Christmas Table 2021

Red Cottage Chronicles – A White Christmas Tablescape

Life and Linda – Gnome for the Holidays

Belle Bleu Interiors – Christmas Blessings
My Hubbard Home – Tartan Christmas Tidings Tablescape | Holiday Entertaining

The Sweet Sensations – Christmas Elegance in Red, White & Silver

Dinner at Eight – Christmas Dining – The New Traditional

Bluesky at Home – Ideas for Red Plaid Christmas Table

Zucchini Sisters – Christmas Sleigh Centerpiece and Tablescape (you are here!)

The Bookish Dilettante – Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

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  1. I love your sleigh centerpiece Rebecca! Brilliant idea to paint it white and deck it out in plaid ribbon! Your plates are gorgeous! I do enjoy traditional designs on Christmas plates and how lucky were you to find them at a thrift store! The stunning plaid tablecloth is the perfect base for your festive table! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  2. The sleigh centerpiece is amazing and you knocked it out of the park! I totally agree about plaid for Christmas it definitely works for me. Great find on the napkins and the scattered ornaments are pretty accents. Wishing you a peaceful and holiday and lots of blessings in the new year.

  3. I love the transformation of your sleigh and all your evergreens with the poinsettia!! It makes for a wonderful centerpiece. The napkin rings compliment your plates perfectly and I love all the plaid! I hope you have a glorious Christmas season and a happy and healthy New Year!!❤️

  4. Your centerpiece is really striking! I think I’d use it throughout all the winter months! I love plaid, and the red and green versions for Christmas are exceptionally pretty. The poinsettia dishware is lovely — I really enjoy seeing everyone’s holiday china. Have a jolly December!

  5. If Meredith only knew what a treasure she had before she gave it away! Wow! You really put the “up” in upcycled!!! A little work involved, but well worth it for you in the end. You will be able to use this gem for years and years to come in different capacities all around the house!

    I didn’t even know Dollar Tree had chargers!!! My goodness…what a find! And the way your bell napkin rings so aptly mimic the design on your plates…COOL!

    I wish you and yours the very merriest Christmas and a safe, happy, and prosperous New Year!

  6. Rebecca, your table is so festive and colorful. Love the plaid tablecloth. The wicker sleigh is a treasure. Makes a great centerpiece. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  7. Rebecca, what wonderful thrift store and vintage finds you have my dear! I need to go shopping with you! You did a beautiful job updating the sleigh (the white makes it pop) and creating a festive holiday centerpiece. We are mad for plaid here too, with a Scottie dog in residence lol. That pitcher and matching glasses is really special and reminds me of what my grandmother had.

  8. What a great upcycling of the look of the sleigh! The tartan plaid ribbon and how you filled it really make it! I always love to see what you’ve managed to thrift or score otherwise for your tablescapes, Rebecca. You are a ‘just in time’ kind of shopper and it amazes me that you can find such deals so close to the time you want them. Me? I’m more like finding them one year (late) and using them the next year, much like you receiving the sleigh from your friend. A great retro table you’ve put together here with all the poinsettias. Thanks for participating and keeping vintage current. 😉 And like you, I like to make my dining table be part of my decor. Merry Christmas season to you and yours!

  9. Rebecca, I love plaid for any season, especially Christmas. Your sleigh makeover is perfect and it makes a beautiful centerpiece with the poinsettia and the greens. The tablesetting is so pretty for your family to enjoy all during the month. Wishing you a joyous Christmas season ♥️

  10. Rebecca, I’m a mad for plaid kind of person, and your sleigh transformation was very clever. I’m also one who keeps the table set all the time. We have started eating every meal at the dining room table, so I mix it up from week to week. Thanks for sharing the inspiration. Happy Holidays!

  11. Rebecca, You are so good at thrifting and the sleigh makeover is impressive. I love the fresh greens and the combination with plaid is attractive.
    Enjoy the Christmas season. So nice hopping with you again.

  12. I’m mad about plaid and adore your sleigh transformation with paint and tartan ribbon Rebecca! I love it filled with fresh greenery too! As always it’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you. Wishing a Merry December!

  13. Such a pretty table. The poinsettia plates are perfect for Christmas. You did a great job on making over the sleigh, I love it white. You always find the best items in thrift store or church bazaar. The pitcher and glasses match wonderfully. Love the plaid! Always a pleasure to join you on these fun tablescape blog hops. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  14. Very cute Rebecca! I love your sleigh makeover and it looks so pretty full of greens and a poinsettia. Plaid is such a great way to do Christmas and looks great with your plates and chargers. I also love the scattered ornaments and those cute napkin rings you found. I hope you have a very Merry holiday!

  15. Rebecca, your sleigh centerpiece is as pretty as can be! Love your festive table decor, too! Merry Christmas!

  16. Your Christmas sleigh centerpiece is inspiring! I really like that you painted it white, too. Your plate stack is so cute, and the napkins were a fantastic find: They make the plate stack pop, and the bells on the napkin rings are so pretty. I hope your Advent season has been stress-free so far!

    Merry Christmas,
    Ricki Jill

  17. Rebecca, love the abundance of greens in the centerpiece, and the way you carried the poinsettias throughout the whole table in the sleigh, pitcher, glasses, and plates. Painting the basket really made it stand out 🙂
    Merry Christmas hugs,

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