A Merry Santa Plaid Christmas


  I’m at the table with some tartan plaid, Santa plates and Christmas greenery and joining Cuisine Kathleen for a Christmas Copycat Table Challenge.


Nothing says Christmas like a little tartan plaid. Add Santa and you have a Merry Santa Plaid Christmas!


I’ve been a Back Porch Musing’s fan since I started blogging, oohing & aahing over Pat’s tables and beautiful photos!

Pat’s Santa Plaid Table was my inspiration for the challenge since I had the same Santa plates and napkins and happily found a Royal Stewart Tartan tablecloth while shopping at HomeGoods in November.


I didn’t have a candleholder like Pat’s for a centerpiece. . .

So I used my lanterns instead. . .


Filling them with some greenery, apples, oranges, pine cones, and nuts for a centerpiece to enjoy through the holidays.


I added some woven chargers under the plates to pair with the bronze finish of the lanterns and complement the texture of the pine cones.


And added some red mercury glass votives for a festive holiday glow at the table.


I had similar goblets, ruby and crystal. . .


And the same duo of napkins, a red check and tartan plaid. I used beaded wreath napkin rings that had a touch of plaid ribbon.




And added a Pfaltzgraff Country Cupboard square plate under Santa.


Wishing you A Merry Santa Plaid Christmas!


Santa Tartan Christmas Table Details:

Santa Plates, HomeGoods, several years ago

Square Plate/ Pfaltzgraff Country Cupboard Dinnerware

Dinner Plate/ Mikasa French Countryside

Flatware / San Remo by Hampton Forge, Horchow

 Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

Royal Stewart Tartan Tablecloth & Napkins / HomeGoods

Red Check Napkins & Napkin Rings / Pier 1

Red Votives & Chargers / World Market

Santa Tartan Christmas Table

Thank you for your visit!

  36 comments for “A Merry Santa Plaid Christmas

  1. Elizabeth
    December 10, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Beautiful, as always! You’re such an inspiration, Mary!

  2. December 10, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Well done, Mary…you took Pat’s ideas & by adding your own special magic, made it even more special.
    Love the *FRUITFUL* centerpiece with your lantern…very pretty!

  3. December 10, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Your table is just beautiful Mary! Thanks for sharing! Hugs to the girls! xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  4. December 10, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Beautiful table…..Love the use of different shape and textures of plates. Great job!

  5. December 10, 2014 at 8:02 am

    What a great copycat design using Pat as your inspiration, Mary. You did a fabulous job using the tartan plaid, pretty ringed napkins and the glowing, lantern filled centerpiece. The table has such a a warm country charm to it and so full of color and texture. Great job, as always!

  6. December 10, 2014 at 8:05 am

    As soon as I saw the Santa plate, I thought that’s Pat’s table! It is wonderful Mary! Mad for plaid seems to be everywhere this year, and you and Pat are spot on trend with this welcoming warm setting! I love your lanterns and candles for your centerpiece. The photo of the plate stack from the side angle with the sunlight reminded me of Pat’s stunning photos too~ The adjective that comes to mind for your table is delightful! It makes you smile and feel like home and the holidays!

  7. December 10, 2014 at 8:34 am

    You have the most amazing gift of natural element display!! This looks terrific w/the dishes you showed yesterday as the accent.

  8. melissa smith
    December 10, 2014 at 8:39 am

    As usual BEAUTIFUL! Love the plaid..and those santa plates are adorable.

  9. December 10, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Oh so pretty and festive, I love it,

  10. December 10, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I have been a fan of Pat’s for forever too, she always does such a beautiful job on tables and vignettes. Love your table too! I was just planning a plaid table last night, wish I had the Santa plates:) But I have another plan in mind:):) Have a beautiful day!

  11. December 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Tartan plaids always speak of the Christmas Season to me…Not only the Royal Stewart pattern, which I love, but other plaids such as Campbell and BlackWatch patterns that have a bit of red in them…

    Love the Centerpiece!

  12. franki
    December 10, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    One can NOT go wrong with “plaid” in my book!! franki

  13. December 10, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Fun plaid, fun plates and a great inspiration! This is such a bold, beautiful table! It makes me think of Christmas morning! Hope your Christmas plans are going well. Enjoy!!

  14. Sandi Allen
    December 10, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    So Beautiful. Love the Plaid and the Santas.

  15. December 10, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Mary, thank you so much choosing my table for your copycat. I love your table!! You are an inspiration to me!

  16. December 10, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Great job. I love your table and Pat’s.

  17. December 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    You always set the most gorgeous settings, and this is no exception. Beautiful! Love, love, love the tartan plaid!

  18. Katherine G
    December 10, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    The whole table is lovely and oh! those heartstoppingly beautiful napkin rings! Thanks for a great post

  19. December 10, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Mary, you certainly did BPM’s table proud!
    Have a wonderful week.

  20. December 10, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Mary, I LOVE, LOVE your table, and as always, your photography is just beautiful. I love the Santa plates, as well as the Pfaltzgraff square plates. Your goblets and flatware look just perfect with the plates and plaid napkins. I’m trying not to be envious that you found that gorgeous tablecloth at our favorite shopping place (HomeGoods). :-D I am mad for plaid these days, and I love that we’re seeing it in so many places.

    Your centerpiece is wonderful; I love your pretty lanterns and all the fresh greenery combined with fresh fruit, nuts and pinecones for the Christmas season. You did a great job of copying Pat’s table. I love seeing her blog posts as well. She has a great eye for decorating.

    Visiting from Cuisine Kathleen’s — have a great week!



  21. December 10, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Love those Santa plates, your table is lovely. I have that French Countryside dishware too, goes great with everything, doesn’t it!!

  22. FABBY
    December 10, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    There was a time there I couldn’t differentiate which was which, you did such an amazing job with the challenge! The lovely plaid linen and the Santa plates just makes for a holiday table at it’s best! You met the challenge beautifully!

  23. December 11, 2014 at 12:28 am

    You and Pat are two peas in a pod when it comes to setting a beautiful table, Mary. Your copycat table is a perfect copy. Amazing that you had so many of the same details. The Santa plates are adorable, and of course I’m a fan of all that tartan. Great job!

  24. Bev
    December 11, 2014 at 7:04 am

    So beautiful! Love your Santa plates and your copycat table is gorgeous.

  25. December 11, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Beautiful table!! Love those Santa plates and the tartan plaid. I’m a fan of BPM, too, and your version is perfect. You nailed it, lady!!

  26. Kim
    December 11, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Your Santa plates are stunning on top of the squares. I love all the Christmas plaid – a perfect match for these fun Santas. :-)

  27. December 11, 2014 at 10:42 am

    so cute, love santa against the angled plate, he looks very 3d-y. if the purpose is cloning, you did an excellent job. in the midst of our storm, hoping the gh survives, the advent is almost on permanent hold :-(

  28. Joy B
    December 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Beautiful table! Love that tartan cloth and the Santa plates.

  29. December 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Pat’s was the first blog I ever read, long before I started blogging. She has a natural gift for tables, just like you! Sadly, she doesn’t visit or take part anymore, she used to. Your table is just delightful, I would love to be there to enjoy it in person! Thanks so much for taking part in the challenge, you did it up grandly!

  30. December 12, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Beautiful plaid Christmas table setting. So very festive. Wonderful rendition of the inspiration table.

  31. December 13, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I would be really hard pressed to say which table I like best, yours or Pats. Both tables are gorgeous but I must say I love lanterns. Lanterns plus Santa plus tartan plaid… OMG it’s gorgeous!!!

  32. Kathy
    December 14, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I’m new to your site and feel so grateful to have found it. Just wanted to let you know how much my life has been impacted by following your posts. I have recently retired and am excited about the new chapter that awaits me after 45 years working in field of psychology. Just as I have helped people see things in a new way, you have also helped me to see with a fresh new perspective. My table is now being used nightly with new dishes, candles, fruit, vegetable centerpieces and a lot of color! .I am really enjoying using the flora and fauna of the season, fresh is so beautiful and discovered how much can be gathered from the garden, I have never seen fruit and vegetables displayed in such new and unusual manner. The centerpieces are so elegant and yet also casual to be able to enjoy daily. I added the golden wash to my Fall gatherings, used orange berries, pine cones, acorns and acorn leaves from the landscape., and they were so beautiful the entire month. Currently working on Christmas table and buffet , using my summer lanterns for another season (yeaah) with pine, ivy, from garden and apples, oranges, cranberries and nuts. There is so much beauty in fresh and natural, and you make it fun and simple. I love how you celebrate the beauty of the world around you in all your creativity. Everything you touch becomes beautiful.!! Thank you for sharing all that loveliness with us in the wonderful way that you do, . Thank You! Ps Love the snow across your pages

  33. December 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Bing, bang, BOOM!!! Beautiful AND spot on!!! Pat does set beautiful, classic tables, and you have done an excellent job of recreating her design. GREAT idea to use your lanterns! They are very close to the original and represent the same basic styling. Your napkin rings are beautiful…watch out if you invite me for dinner and those are on the table! You might want to check my purse at the end of the evening! :-) :-) :-)

    Well done! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  34. December 18, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    I love the plaid Mary. It just pops with the oranges on it. Thank you for joining HSH! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  35. December 28, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Your table is stunning Mary!!…and both you and Pat are amazing inspiration to us all…

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