Setting a Holiday Table

This post and giveaway are brought to you by Pier 1 Imports. All opinions are 100% mine.

Most of us are going to be doing some type of holiday entertaining in the next few weeks and I thought I’d share how I think about setting our table and incorporate some items I found at Pier 1,  Fifteen years ago, my husband and I registered at Pier 1 for our dishes and we still love and use some of the pieces we received.

First, before you go out shopping, take a little inventory of what you have.  I didn’t have chargers or place mats or cloth napkins, those were on the top of my list to look for.

Only the finest glassware for my family, right?  We are not fancy folk, as much as I like beautiful stemware, the mason jars serve us just fine, we can in corporate those in with the new stuff.

The most important thing to keep in mind when shopping for items for your holiday table is VERSATILITY.  It’s tempting to spend a lot of money on big beautiful Christmas Trees or Golden Turkey’s on stands but those are one trick ponies.  First, put your money where it can work for you all year around, for all sorts of occasions, that’s one of the things I like about Pier 1, their items are unique enough to be interesting but traditional enough to be timeless.

It was no surprise that I found everything I needed to set my table.  I already had white dishes so that was my starting point–whatever you have that you need to use is your starting point.

Then I added a runner I found at a thrift store {texture} rustic basket style chargers/place mats from Pier 1 {super texture and versatility}, my white dishes, and thrifted wooden bowls.

I also found these sweet ric rac trimmed white napkins.  No turkeys or poinsettias on my napkins, if I’m spending money {ok even gift card money} I want to spend it on something I can use for Easter and New Years and all the other occasions.

I also found something I didn’t expect.  Napkin rings.  Feather napkin rings.  I’ve never even used napkin rings before but I loved the height and unexpectedness that these added to my table.  Plus, when we don’t use them, I can pile them into a white vase and they look like a huge bouquet of feathers.

See, here they are all piled into the centerpiece.  By the way, that oval dish right there is one of the items we registered for and still use. Let’s talk centerpiece for a moment.  You don’t have to be all elaborate to have something pretty.

I used a Pier 1 white footed bowl, one of their chunky candles and nuts and feathers that I had. I’ve been on the hunt for this scalloped footed bowl for ages.  I first saw it at Angela’s Cottage…

She filled it with watermelon and I can’t imagine anything that wouldn’t look lovely served in this bowl. Plus it was only $20.

It’s such a pretty centerpiece and, I can use it for many things during each season.

I also found a few sprigs of wintry branches {Pier 1 had lots of branch type items to choose from}.  I cut the glass tile looking one apart and put it in the centerpiece to make it more wintry.

So, things to remember as you think about your table:

Layer, use texture, incorporate what you have and then shop for useful, versatile items that will work for all seasons.  And while you are at Pier 1, you can also drop off your Toys for Tots donation.

Plus, three of you are going to win your own $50 gift card to Pier 1.  Might I suggest a few of my favorite items?

Leave a comment and tell me something you’ve bought from Pier 1 before.  For a second chance to win you can tweet with a link to this post make sure to use the hashtag: #Pier_1_Imports

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  1. My bedroom lamps are from Pier One. My favorite set of curtains were also from there but sadly they were left behind in our former house.

  2. I’ve bought several pieces of furniture, including a TV console, sofa, and trunk.

  3. I purchased reindeer dessert plates about 10 years ago and still love how retro they look incorporated with my newer items.

  4. I purchased large glass canning jars (made in Italy!) which I store flour and sugar which I can keep on my countertop. They fill a purpose and look good – terrific! Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. I have actually never bought anything from Pier 1 before. I have never even been into one of their stores. But I would love to win a $50 gift card so that I can go check them out!

  6. I love Pier 1. I’ve purchased furniture from them. I also like to go in at Easter and Christmas time and buy ornaments for our trees.

  7. I have a gotten a few plates from Pier 1 Imports but would buy everything if I had the money! or a $50 gift card :) Just discovered your blog recently and I am in LOVE.

  8. I recently purchased Mercury Glass candlesticks from Pier 1. This year my Christmas decor is all silver with lots of mercury glass as the foundation.

  9. I just purchased several “rustic” ornaments from the Christmas collection this year. Would love to buy one of their nutcrackers as well! Happy Thanksgiving.

  10. I bought a large, rustic goldish/brownish bowl years ago from P1-it’s the only thing I’ve bought there and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I use it for everything from collecting garden goodies, to mixing batter to using as a centerpiece. It’s perfect.

  11. The feathers are such a surprise, but are festive! I like the variety of textures – stimulating to the senses. Nester, that was a beautiful Thanksgiving table…

  12. …..and somthing I purchased a while ago were baskets with lining, and CANDLES -they smell so good! And also fun jingle bell napkin rings for Christmas…

  13. I bought glass decorations for a friend

  14. I have bought ornaments, toys, candles and dishes from Pier 1. I ‘m sure there have been other things too, Great giveaway!

  15. I have gotten several things from Pier 1 over the years.

  16. Megan Sanders says:

    I love Pier 1! Our dishes are from there as well as a good portion of the rest of our decor. I esp love their variety of pillows!

  17. jennifer owen says:

    My husband and I bought a farm table and chair from there for our kitchen several years ago when we moved into the house we’re in now. I also have the wicker bar stools from there (flat wicker seat with metal legs) but I bought those from a friend of a friend who was moving and selling tons of stuff just so she didn’t have to move it. got those for a steal!) I also have several Christmas ornaments from Pier 1 and my sweet neighbor brought me the prettiest eggplant-colored pashmina for my birthday from there this year. I do love Pier 1!

  18. cassie hoover says:

    i have bought art work and am always buying potter and vases there. i love the colors they have.

  19. cassie hoover says:


  20. I bough a $1000 sofa for $50! Amazing, but true. I love it and just wish I had a matching chair or two!

  21. So many options!! I love Pier 1.

  22. I’ve gotten a couple plates and place mats there. Every time I walk into that store, I get so many ideas (and find so many things that I want!).

  23. I just bought a beaded garland there and love it. Also have purchased pillows and various ceramic items as well as Cmas and party things.

  24. I love Pier 1! I have tons of stuff from there, my favorite being a set of tab-top turquoise curtains. I don’t think they make the exact ones any more, which is too bad because I wish I had a few more sets.

  25. I used to live near a Pier 1 Imports Outlet store. It was one of my favorite places to visit and shop. And not just because my sister worked there. I found my wooden bird stocking holders there for $1.50 each. They were 90% off! It was a steal. I also bought some pretty chargers there, baskets and magnetic frame/board that went perfectly in my bathroom. Some assorted glass bowls and several other items I bought as gifts. I can’t remember them all. The bird stocking hooks were one of my favorite though. Now that we are a family of five I need to figure out another way to use them.

  26. Count me in!! I bought tiny bells on a cord 15 years ago–from Pier 1. Several of my small cousins carried them down the aisle in our wedding while shouting, “The bride is coming!! The bride is coming!!”

  27. My college roommate and I bought a little votive candle divider thingie from Pier 1. It was beautiful!

  28. I love a pretty table! Pier 1 has great things!

  29. I have bought cute, whimsical ornaments, soup bowls to match my everyday china, candles, wire Christmas card holders, and so many more affordable gifts!

  30. I love Pier 1. I was just on their site and making a list of the things I need from there for the holidays. My best find was stemless wine glasses. They were $2 each and I picked up enough so that if one breaks I won’t be worried.

  31. i love to “shop the house” for party decor or holiday centerpieces- each one is basically just a different set-up of the same items. love the white dishes [mine are all white too!] paired with the basket placemats! i immediately went to & added the footed bowl to my amazon list before i’d even finished reading the post.

  32. continuously i used to read smaller articles or reviews that as well clear their motive, and that is also happening with this post which I am reading here.

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