*** The full version of this article on holiday tablescapes originally appeared on page 34 of the November/December 2019 My French Country Home magazine. To subscribe and see the full editorial, click here ***
I love a pretty tablescape. It sets the ambiance and mood of a meal, it’s the best way to make guests feel welcome and loved and there’s no better time to get it just right than the holiday season. For the current edition of the MFCH magazine, we invited ourselves into one of my favorite 17th century châteaux, Château de Moissac-Bellevue.
Formerly abandoned, the Château de Moissac-Bellevue is fully restored and perched atop a hilltop village in the South of France. We asked the owner – who is also a professional stylist – Marie-Christine Cavaglioni to create three options for French-inspired holiday tablescapes. I hope you love them.
Drawing inspiration drawn from the Château’s surrounding nature, our Natural holiday tablescape sets a cozy tone with dark green Jaspé plates from Barbotine in Aubagne, decorative sprigs of pine and decadent bowls of grapes. A long, linen-runner-clad table for ten is offset by the Château’s dramatic high-vaulted ceiling, stone floors and magnificent fireplace. For an all-over warm ambient glow – never forgo candles! For visual interest, Marie Christine likes to use candles in varying heights.
Silver & White
For a slightly smaller dining experience, consider upping the luxury. For our 6-person Silver & White holiday tablescape, we’ve featured simple white Astier de Villatte plates balanced with linen table settings, antique monogrammed napkins and ornate flatware from Au Bain Marie. The overall look is polished off with a selection of antique glasses and carafes to serve as candleholders.
For an intimate dinner for two, go gold. With lavish gold napkin rings and decorative golden branches from Paris’ Au Bain Marie and gold wax chargers (featuring sugar cubes) from Un Soir à l’Opera, the only additional flair this holiday tablescape requires is simple flowers. Here the Château’s holiday tablescape is highlighted by its beautiful fireplace whose dancing flames reflect on the patina walls.
All photography by Anne Soulier.
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Do you have any holiday tablescape inspiration of your own to share? I’d love to hear how you are planning your holiday table.