Merry Motoring Whimsical Christmas Tablescape


‘Tis the Season to deck the halls, as well as the table and I’m joining a group of bloggers for a Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop!

Look for the links at the bottom of this post for more holiday and Christmas table inspiration this week through Friday, December 8th.


I’m mad for plaid anytime of year, but especially at Christmas with the holiday cheer it brings to the table! A Gretchen Tartan Plaid tablecloth and napkins by Ralph Lauren motored home with me from HomeGoods back in October.


Santa travels by car rather than sleigh to our house, and we have an assortment of Santamobile ornaments collected over the years that hang on the tree.

They motored to the table to pair with tartan for a Christmas tablescape and a little whimsy.


Tartan plaid plates are layered on a red beaded placemats to add a little sparkle for the holiday season. .  .


Pairing with the glittery and sparkling details of the Christopher Radko Santamobile ornaments.



A Fitz and Floyd Santa Car Cookie Jar leads the parade down the table for a centerpiece.


 The Santamobile cookie jar is from my retail days and was purchased wholesale 15+ years ago. I looked on eBay to see if I could date it and whoa . . .what a price tag it has now, Santa won’t be serving cookies from it anymore!

Car ornaments are piled with packages motoring down the center of the table. . .


And some are hauling the Christmas tree home with a trunk loaded down with packages.


 And some look as festive from the back as they do the front . . . I ❤️🌲


I alternated two different tartan plaid pattern napkins for the table. . . the more plaid the merrier!


In lieu of napkin rings, napkins are tied with gold cord and a mini plaid ornament found at Hobby Lobby this season.




Greenery clipped from the trees and shrubs create an easy evergreen runner. . .Leyland cypress, boxwood and magnolia leaves, running down the center of the table.


Gold cord and red mercury glass votives add a little holiday glow to the ornaments tucked in down the length of the table on either side of the Santamobile cookie jar.



Merry Motoring Table Details:

Ralph Lauren Gretchen Tartan Plaid Tablecloth and Napkins / HomeGoods

Tartan plates / Ciroa Plaid, HomeGoods, last year

Red Beaded Placemats / Kohl’s, last year

Flatware / Mikasa Cameo Gold

Red Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

Fitz and Floyd Signature Santa Car Cookie Jar

Plaid ornaments / Hobby Lobby


Many thanks to Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate for organizing this Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop! Click on the links below for more holiday table inspiration this week.


Everyday Living | Belle Bleu Interiors | Home is Where the Boat Is
The Little Yellow Corner Store Bluesky at Home 

Red Cottage Chronicles | My Kentucky Living | Savvy Apron
Rattlebridge Farm | The Red Painted Cottage | Knock it Off Kim

The Painted Apron | A casa di Bianca | Hey Fitzy
Dining Delight Corner of Plaid and Paisley | From My Carolina Home

Life and Linda | B. Lovely Events | Rosemary & Thyme
Sweet Sensations | PanoplyOur Crafty Mom

My French Twist | Me and My Captain | Celebrate & Decorate
Nourish and Nestle | PMQ for Two



Enjoy another Merry Motoring table, here.

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 Tablescape Thursday

  79 comments for “Merry Motoring Whimsical Christmas Tablescape

  1. December 4, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Ha, ha, yes, I’d be handling that F&F centerpiece beauty with kid gloves too Mary-it’s fantastic! Your table is beautiful and I agree, the more plaid the merrier! Love the Santa and car ornaments too:@)

  2. Sherlie Magaret
    December 4, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Very cute, love all these old cars.

  3. Granny Gay
    December 4, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Such an inviting table for your guests to enjoy. Everything is just lovely and it won’t matter at all what you serve, no one will notice with all the wonderful touches you have there. Great collection of the Radko ornaments…love it all…thanks for sharing…

  4. December 4, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Wow, Mary! Your Fitz and Floyd Santa cookie jar is something! As are your Radko Santa car collection of ornaments.They all make me smile!
    I love your plaid tablecloth and napkins with fresh greenery showcasing your whimsical Santa mobiles. Your red goblets and beaded chargers ground your table beautifully. Fun collage of ornaments. Your photos are so clear, crisp and delightful.

  5. Rita C.
    December 4, 2017 at 7:55 am

    What a great display of all the ornaments and that cookie jar – wow! I always get so excited with your tablescapes, Mary. They truly delight and inspire me. Love all the plaids, and the chargers are the perfect amount of sparkle – without being glitter (I can handle sequins)! Using a collection of ornaments like that is a really good idea, otherwise they seem to get lost on the tree. Just like in the garden – en masse makes a great impact. Happy you’re on this blog hop motorcade. :)

  6. December 4, 2017 at 8:20 am

    All your ornaments are precious and using them on the tablescape is a great idea. So festive.

  7. December 4, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Love the plaid and Santa’s..keep the ideas coming!!

  8. December 4, 2017 at 8:33 am

    What a beautiful display of Santa coming to town in his vehicles!

    That cookie jar is fabulous as the centerpiece. You always do such a beautiful presentation … No matter what you do. Your photography is incredible.

    Merry Christmas and enjoy! I am off to the next blog on this fabulous blog hop tour!

  9. December 4, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I’m mad for your Merry mix of plaids Mary and the Santamobile full of Santa and his jolly group is over the top!! Fitz and Floyd really knows how to be fabulous!! This is a great reason to hold onto your treasures! And your ornaments are the icing on your Christmas table!! Santa has definitely come to your town!

  10. LUXEREAU Catherine
    December 4, 2017 at 9:19 am


    C’est magnifique !!! et magique !!!! Bravo

  11. Kari
    December 4, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Oh Mary….you have done it yet again….your days in retail have benefited you well as you have the most inspirational tablescapes of anyone anywhere. Your cookie jar is amazing and your idea of using your automobile ornaments on the table is brilliant. The thought that goes into each and every one of your tablescapes make my head spin, yet you pull if off with ease. I never have the time to really search for such unique items. I agree with Nancy, your photography is amazing. I would need to hire a few extra hands, to accomplish what comes naturally with you. Amazing!. Merry Christmas sweet lady! It is always a pleasure to blog hop with you.

  12. December 4, 2017 at 9:23 am

    What an adorable idea, Santa parade! I have a Santa ornament with him riding a motorcycle. Love your cookie jar, the perfect centerpiece! Somehow I knew your tablescape would be in plaid, LOL!!

  13. December 4, 2017 at 9:30 am

    You may remember I’m crazy for whimsy so your table suits me to a T. You must always have your eyes open for those special little things with which to create.

  14. Patti
    December 4, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Love everything about this! Just beautiful!!

  15. Karen Wright
    December 4, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Love it, love it, Love it!!! The motoring Santa’s are adorable!!! I love the ribbons tied on the ornaments on the plates. Plaid!!! YES!!! I am super loving it as well! All the details taken care of!!! That makes your tablescapes my FAV!!! Happy Motoring Christmas, Mary!!!

  16. December 4, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Mary, I am such a kid at heart and live to add whimsy and your table is no doubt one that is held special to my heart. I love the Santa in the car which is crammed full of presents, reindeer and things. Something so out of the ordinary and I love that! And, of course, who can’t swoon over plaid of various kinds. I love your motto….the more plaid the merrier it is! The ornaments are gorgeous and so colorful as Radko ornaments usually are. The real greenery really makes such a difference. So beautifully and whimsically done. I am happy to have joined you too on this Monday for this blog hop celebration. I always enjoy your postings. Please have a joyous Christmas and many blessings to you and your family.

  17. Ricki Treleaven
    December 4, 2017 at 9:48 am

    How cute! Santa has quite the collection of cars. I think he could teach Jay Leno a thing or two!

  18. Donna
    December 4, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Love it, esp. the dog on Santa’s lap helping with the long trip. Thanks for sharing. I would sit a this table for an hour just gazing at the sparkle and shine. Wow, now I have to get a table going.

  19. December 4, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Mary, what a fun and whimsical table for sure! I remember wanting the FF cookie jar back in the day, and what a statement for your table! You are the master of detail…the Radko ornaments are perfect with the cookie jar! Plaids always get my attention, and how I love your mix! You have created a magical setting sure to make anyone smile! Thanks for generously sharing your creative talents!

  20. Cyndi Raines
    December 4, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Living near the “Motor City”, I salute you and your fun table with Santa motoring all over in your collection of cars and trucks! Michiganders LOVE a good car show! Lol What a unique idea Mary. Your idea has sparked one in me for a winter scene using my Snowbabies, which are usually tucked away safe in the curio cabinet. Love the plaid ornaments with the gold cording instead of napkin rings. I already mentioned that I love anything Fitz and Floyd and so happy for you that it has really increased in value. The fresh greenery is awesome and I’m so glad I didn’t trim my holly bushes this summer as I am getting cuttings now. I am taking your Cha Cha Chicken Salad to a ladies gathering tonight, I know it will be a hit. Thanks Mary, you are my encyclopedia for inspiration and great recipes!

  21. franki
    December 4, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I “auto”matically giggled out loud…these are adorable!! Just luv’d it!! franki

  22. Rattlebridge Farm
    December 4, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Mary, your tables always delight, but this one is a standout! Peppy, adorable, and classic. A smile-maker that makes the world a happier place. The details are incredibly entertaining and gorgeous, but your own special magic makes the setting come to life! 🎄⛄️🎁

  23. December 4, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I too am mad for plaid…anytime, but it seems to shout loudly “Christmas Holidays” to me…Love the cookie jar and tree ornaments!!! Clever idea to pair them all in the setting… Merry Christmas, Mary!

  24. Theresa Keller
    December 4, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Love the plaid and the Santa’s with their cars!! Great ideas, thank you and Merry Christmas!!

  25. December 4, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Oh my goodness Mary, I love all your motoring Santas!! They are all so darn cute. Yes, I’d guess you’d better be extra careful with your Fitz and Floyd cookie jar. The tartan plaids are fabulous and make for such a merry mix!!

  26. December 4, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Mary, this is just too adorable. I love your Santa in automobiles ornaments!

  27. Virginia
    December 4, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Fantastic table, your red and green tartan just exemplifies Christmas and the Christopher Radco autos rolling down the table heading to Grandma’s makes it perfect. Tomorrow is a shopping day for grandchildren and maybe some tartan plates for me. Might even look for cute ornaments for my Christmas guests. Thanks for sending us in the right direction.

  28. Marie
    December 4, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Mary, Your table is wonderful, the Santa mobile is the perfect centerpiece. The detail of the gifts and toys is just amazing, and just isn’t found in today’s offerings. I am delighted that one of the items I “predicted” for your holiday tables has made an appearance. I was guessing the RL plaid tablecloths might find their way to your table. Even though I have too many tablecloths, I purchased both the plaids when I spotted them in Home Goods. I couldn’t decide which color I liked better so, of course, I bought both. I am now eager to see more of your tables to see if any of my other “predictions” were accurate. MM

  29. December 4, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    I absolutely love all the beautiful plaids! And those Santas…perfection! Thank you for sharing your beautiful holiday table!

  30. December 4, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    You never cease to amaze me, Mary! This truly is brilliant! I would never have thought to collect Santas in cars as ornaments. The cookie jar is gorgeous, I love anything F and F!!!! Thanks for another treat!!!

  31. Cyndi Raines
    December 5, 2017 at 12:17 am

    The Cha Cha Chicken Salad was very tasty and several asked for the recipe so thank you! Once again we have another “keeper” and it’s going in a binder of “Mary’s Recipes -HIWTBI”, to join the several others that I have tried. I do think it’s time you put a cookbook together with all the lovely pictures of these delicious dishes! 😊

  32. December 5, 2017 at 1:12 am

    What a fantastically fun Christmas tablescape! Of course, the cookie-jar centerpiece is unique and one to be cherished (especially with what you found out on the price nowadays) and you’ve complemented it perfectly with the wonderful ornaments. Love the plaid tablecloth, the beaded chargers and the terrific plates and stemware. As always, your photography captures all the glorious details and I can picture sitting down to a meal at this awesome table. So enjoyed my stop here on the Blog Hop!

  33. December 5, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Mary, your Santamobiles are amazing! Very fun and original tablescape, in my home it could be a perfect children table: even if my son and his cousins maybe would prefer that Santa drive a Ferrari 😊

  34. December 5, 2017 at 5:22 am

    This may be your best tablescape yet! For sure, the most fun one!! Those car ornaments are so adorable. Have you just always collected them on yr to yr basis? And are they still available? LOVE!

    • December 5, 2017 at 5:48 am

      Hi Janey! We’ve collected them for about 20 years. They retired but Radko introduces new ones every year :)

  35. Gail
    December 5, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Fun and festive

  36. Charlene
    December 5, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Lovely, and thank you for sharing. Beautiful…….

  37. December 5, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I just love the whimsy of your Christmas table! And, that cookie jar. Drooling right now. That is gorgeous! I am all about plaid and you have done it up beautifully!

  38. December 5, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    You always make your posts so entertaining and fun. Enjoyed it! I love the idea of using those beautiful ornaments on you table. They made for a whimsical theme.

  39. December 5, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Your table is just too cute for words!!!! You always come up with such unique ideas. Your mind must be swirling with creative ideas all the time! I love all the mix of plaids and the wonderful theme, with that glorious centerpiece. It is all so cheerful and sets a jolly tone for the season. Thank you!!

  40. December 5, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Oh Mary, you never fail to amaze me on your tablescapes! Your cookie jar centerpiece is so stunning and I love everyone of your car ornaments. I also love how you used all the plaids in so many different ways. It all looks great together! Merry Christmas!

  41. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
    December 6, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Mary, I always adore your gorgeous tablescapes! The plaid, traditional holiday colors, and festive touches create such a stunning table! I hope that you have a Merry Christmas!

  42. December 6, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Beautiful!! I love all the vintage cars!!! SO CREATIVE!

  43. December 7, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Mad for plaid is the correct term. Love your Motoring Santa theme. How sweet to use this fun ornaments. of course the traditional colors shine through perfect. Every little detail is a delight. Always so fun to visit to see what you come up with. loving your creative talent. Thank you for your kind words about my parents.

  44. December 8, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Mary, what a fun and festive table! Your plaid party is so very merry and bright. And I am a complete Radko sucker, so those car ornaments are so whimsical! I can only imagine the lovely dinner party you’ll be having around that table.

    Merry Christmas!

    Hugs, Lynn

  45. December 9, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Mary, wow this tablescape is just fabulous! That centerpiece is hard to take my eyes off of, so festive. Even more fun is your awesome mixture of plaids, glitter, and shiny ornaments. They really play off one another so nicely- amazing job as usual. Thank you so much for being part of the Christmas tablescape blog hop.

  46. December 10, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Wow Mary, what a fun an festive table!!! I love it. The tartan tablecloth compliment all the happy ornaments beautifully.
    I am in love with that gorgeous cookie jar. What a great piece to own. And what can I say about those incredible colorful ornaments. Such a great idea for a holiday table.

    Your photography captures all the glorious glittery details magically. So enjoyed joining you on this Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop! Happy holidays Mary.


  47. December 11, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Love, love this table Mary….I actually have that large “Santa wagon” Have not used it in a while….Hmmm, now where did I put it?! Such a beautiful and so creative table Mary…as always you make us smile every day!!!

  48. December 11, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    OMG do I ever love this! I’m a sucker for a retro glam holiday, and you’ve hit all my soft spots with this. I pinned it all! Happy holidays, it was lovely touring with you.

  49. December 14, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Mary, can’t believe I didn’t see this post until tonight. Wow, how could I miss this one. It is totally adorable. I love the theme! I look at all the tables you create, the delicious pretty food you make, and the gorgeous photos of all! You are totally amazing! I wish I had a fraction of your creative energy. Thanks for sharing it with your readers. We are the lucky ones!

  50. December 20, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    What an impressive table you have set…. My favorite part? the Santa Moblie Ornaments

    Bummed that I missed the Blog party(i think the stress of having time off got to me LOL!) Please do stop by and see the tablescape I would have shared with you all…

    Happy HOlidays!

  51. P. Newell
    September 4, 2019 at 8:53 pm


    I am really wanting to purchase your “Fitz and Floyd Signature Santa Car Cookie Jar”. In January/2019, my grandmother’s house had a leak. During all the chaos of “where to put everything”, it appears her prized Fitz and Floyd Santa Car Cookie Jar was taken. There were so many people in and out of the house—large noisy fans to dry out—it was a mess! She is still so upset about her Santa Car Cookie Jar. DO YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN BUY ONE FOR HER? I REALLY WANT TO MAKE HER HAPPY BECAUSE SHE HAD IT FOR SO LONG; BOUGHT IT NEW! Please send email if you have lead on used one. Thank you.

    • September 5, 2019 at 5:17 am

      Hi, There’s a smaller music box version on Amazon. You might want to save a search on eBay to be notified for the original cookie jar if one pops up.

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