Gingerbread House Tablescape

If you look closely, you’ll notice this gingerbread house tablescape is created with paper mache house boxes. When I first thought about creating this tablescape I imaged how fun it would be for a kids table at Christmas, but now I’m thinking it would probably be appreciated more by big kids like me.

Gingerbread house with white chalk paint on a plate.


I’m completely spell-bound when it comes to real gingerbread houses that are lavishly decorated all over with white icing. The memorizing mix of swirls, scallops, spirals, and zigzags is so magical.



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For this tablescape instead of baking and constructing real gingerbread houses use paper mache house boxes. I’m not sure if my icing decorating skills will ever develop but I can use a paint pen.

Supplies For Gingerbread Houses

On the first house, I penciled in the doors and windows but found it was so much easier to freehand the designs. I knew if I tried to make everything look too perfect it wouldn’t have that made-with-love appeal.



I also figured it would be impossible to make each house look identical, so I varied the style of the roofs, windows, doors and flourishes. Believe it or not, that’s when the real fun started as I tried to add different doodles to each one.


Gingerbread house table decorations.


There is no right or wrong way to decorate a gingerbread house, just draw lines, zigzags, dots, circles, squares, scallops, hearts, stars, spirals and triangles. If you mess up, wipe off the chalk with a damp paper towel and start over.



When I started planning out the tablescape I want elements that would say, “It’s Christmas Time”.

Ideas To Create a Gingerbread house Tablescape

  • White dishes
  • Something plaid
  • Mix of silverware
  • A playful centerpiece
  • Greenery

I used my basic white dishes, a mix of silverware, and for a punch of color used plaid cloth napkins at each setting. You know me, I never get tired of beautiful tartan colors.

For greenery I used a boxwood wreath which was large enough for a white cake stand to sit in the middle.


Centerpiece with boxwood, cake plate and cookie jar with snowy trees.


The centerpiece is just a large glass storage jar filled part way with powdered sugar and a cluster of gingersnap tree cookies. By placing the back sides together, the cookies look pretty from any direction.

Mini white bottle brush trees are scattered around the wreath along with a string of jingle bells.

Now we are ready for a fun dinner!

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The gingerbread house boxes are cute for decoration but also the perfect size for hiding small gifts inside, so keep that in mind.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you found some ideas that you can use this holiday season. Gather around the table and find something to celebrate.


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16 thoughts on “Gingerbread House Tablescape

  1. Julie Briones says:

    Such a smart and cozy idea! Lovely, Michelle! You are truly and artist, and I love all the different designs on your paper mache (dare I say, cardboard) gingerbread houses! Love that centerpiece, too!

  2. Crissy says:

    These are so charming, Michelle! I love the sweetness of your little gingerbread houses, and the whole tablescape looks so well put together. You’re so artistic.

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you so much Marissa! Maybe by next Christmas I can learn how to decorate with icing and make the real thing! 🙂

  3. lynn says:

    MICHELLE! (yes, I meant to yell that!…well, maybe not yell, but definitely loudly and with excitement) I love absoutely everything about those houses and your table. What a brilliant idea. Thanks for the inspiration…gonna share your post link with my readers next week!

    Hugs, Lynn

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Hi Lynn, that is so sweet of you and I’m so happy you liked the post! I’m still a big kid at heart and love gingerbread houses. Hugs!

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