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Minimalist Table Settings For a Calm Christmas

Is your yearly Noche Buena becoming stressful? Try setting a relaxing, visually soothing holiday table.

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Original Article: Paula de Guzman & Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Michael Angelo Chua Styling: Dagny Madamba

Having a festive Christmas or New Year’s Eve spread does not necessarily mean loading up on glittery confections and a towering pile of décor as a piece. Nor does it mean that you have to stick to metallics, golds, and reds. An abundance of food (and guests!) can make for a confusing holiday table, so try to keep things simple and easy with these minimalist table setting options. No fussy centerpieces here!

Pre-Christmas Merienda: Vintage Teatime


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Mismatched dinnerware and enamel crockery lend an old-world charm for those hectic, pre-Christmas get-togethers with friends. The mix of shapes and colors provide a nostalgic and provincial flair. For truly authentic enamel picks, scour vintage shops and flea markets or dig through your lola’s treasure trove.

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Dining Table and Dining Chairs, Plain Enamel Plates, Bowls, Small Mugs and Teapot, Printed Enamel Mugs, Table Napkin, Black Placemat, Vase, prices upon request, A11

Noche Buena: Rustic Dinner


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Forego the holly wreaths and gold candelabra and try a streamlined, rustic, winter-in-the-woods theme for your Christmas Eve spread. Keep things classy and chic with sophisticated hues of green, gray, with the understated refinement of silver.

Table Cloth, P900, H&M Home; Silver Bowls, P3,295 set of 4, Keytlery Set by Seletti, P14,210, Green Vase, P1,895, LSA Flower Color Bud Vase, P1,370, Green Votive by iittala, P1,295 each, all from Dimensione; Green Dessert Plates, White Dinner Plate, Green Teapot, Silver Bottle Opener, Carafe, prices upon request, A11; Silver Candle Holders, P275, Cloth Placemat, P119.75, Kultura Filipino; Holed On Side Chair, Space Encounters

Christmas Morning: Minimalist Breakfast


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For a relaxed brekky while opening presents, go for a clean, crisp look bathed in natural light. Keep things minimal with only a handful of dinnerware: serving bowls, a few saucers and plates, and a rustic centerpiece. Stick to a neutral color scheme of whites, beiges, and light-colored wood.

Marble Container, P549.75, Cloth Placemat, P119.75, both from Kultura Filipino; Animal Tumblers, P1,998 each, LSA Vase, P1,910, Umbra Hanger, P910, all from Dimensione; Set of White Plates, P1,499.75, Taupe Bowls, P59.75, Pot with Embossed Design, P499.75, all from SM Home, Holed On Side Chair, Space Encounters

Christmas Day Lunch: Casual Coziness


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Perfectly matching tableware is not mandatory for a cozy, Christmas day setup, as you want to keep things light and fuss-free. But stick to a color palette—in this instance, blue—to avoid clutter. With this laidback table setting, there’s more time for conversations without worrying about spills on the table.

Midas Cutlery Set, P11,850, Dimensione; Basket, P199.75, Kultura Filipino; Plastic Carafe, P99.75/set, Filipino Pot, P349.75, Napkin, P29.75 each, Dessert Plate, P99.75, Dinner Plate, P159.75, Tumblers, P179.75 set of 3, Vase, P599.75, all from SM Home; Rabbit Napkin Ring, Blue Plate, prices upon request, A11; Holed On Side Chair, Nakashima Jr. Wooden Chair, Space Encounters

This article "Table Stories" originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine.

Where to shop:

 A11

  • 2680 FB Harrison, Pasay City

Dimensione

  • One Parkade, 28th cor. 7th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, or follow them on Facebook

H&M Home

  • SM Makati
  • Robinsons Magnolia
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Kultura Filipino

Space Encounters

  • Unit B, Mezzanine, Padilla Bldg F. Ortigas Jr. Rd., Pasig City; or visit their website

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