Vintage Ticking And Plaid Holiday Tablescape

Vintage Ticking And Plaid Holiday Tablescape

Today I’m sharing lots of my favorite things in a vintage ticking and plaid holiday tablescape. I’m also excited to be in the Celebrate Christmas Blog Hop, hosted by Leen of Sand Dollar Lane. There’s a little bit of everything here from home tours, to DIY gifts, and of course tablescapes.

If you’re popping over from Kendra’s blog, Joy In Our Home, I’m so glad you’re here and welcome to Thistle Key Lane.



Santa cup with candy on a plaid plate.


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Vintage Ticking And Plaid Holiday Tablescape

When I decorate for the family a part of me goes into what I create, so naturally it’s going to have many of my favorite things. This table is set to entertain lively conversations which will include many tall tales I’m sure.

Ticking And Plaid

To me ticking and plaid go together like peanut butter and jelly, so I’m using this classic combination to create a lighthearted holiday tablescape. This is much like the big kid tablescape I put together last year with gingerbread houses. To see the post click on Gingerbread House Tablescape.



Ticking stripes are becoming a theme this year, all because I went nuts over red ticking wrapping paper. I never know when or where inspiration will hit, but it did this year with stripes. For more ticking ideas, see my Christmas Mantel With Mercury Glass and Ticking.

The table runner is a piece of red ticking fabric folded in thirds with frayed ends. Nothing fancy here just using what I already have on hand, but as it turns out, it’s the perfect color for the table.


Vintage Ticking And Plaid Holiday Tablescape for a farmhouse table.


Vintage looking Santa cups with candy.


I love setting a table with my classic white dishes, because they go with everything and I can build up from there. Plaid plates go on next to balance the table with masculine colors of dark green and white, with tiniest bit of red and yellow.

Touch of Vintage

The table has lots of vintage keepsakes including my grandmother’s silverware. It’s made up of several different patterns, but I don’t mind because they are all beautiful to me.  We use this silverware everyday just as it was meant to be used.

Vintage looking Santa mugs hold colorful saltwater taffy treats. I figure anything chocolate will disappear before dinner is served, so taffy is a better choice. Mugs not only hold candy but are handy as a napkin holders.



The cloche centerpiece sits on a cake stand with the sweetest stack of antique books. The set once belong to my great great aunt given to her by her mother as a Christmas gift in 1903.


Vintage Ticking And Plaid Holiday Tablescape with books under a cloche.


Vintage Ticking And Plaid Holiday Tablescape with cloche centerpiece.


To complete the vignette a vintage milk bottle holds a poinsettia stem that broke off one of my plants. Did you know poinsettia stems can last as long as a month? The secret is cauterizing the end of the stem, and replacing the water every few days.


Vintage Ticking And Plaid Holiday Tablescape with a poinsettia under a cloche.



Holly clippings from our back yard serve as greenery around the centerpiece. The leaves are a beautiful shade of green making those berries really pop.

Jingle bell garlands add a whimsical touch along with a scattering of mini white bottle brush trees.

Ticking and Plaid Chair Swag

Do you like to decorating your dining chairs? I love wreaths or stockings hanging on chair backs. These chair back decorations are so simple, and only take a few minutes to make.


Chair back swag with holly, plaid and ticking.


Plaid cloth napkins become swags when tied to the chair with strips of ticking fabric. The look is complete after wedging a few holly stems under the ticking knot. This is a fun way to pull in another plaid pattern with more reds and greens. Here’s a link to plaid napkins similar to mine.


Plaid and ticking chair back sway.


Be sure to follow Thistle Key Lane on Pinterest,  where the boards are up to date with seasonal inspiration you’re going to love!


Vintage Ticking And Plaid Holiday Tablescape


Next up on the blog hop is Jennifer of Noting Grace. You don’t want to miss her beautifully styled black, white and green tablescape. All the blog hop links are below. Grab a cup of coffee and click through at your leisure.



Sand Dollar Lane  //  Aratari at Home  //  Postcards From the Ridge  //  Sweet Pea


Worthing Court  //  Atta Girl Says  //  Sonya Burgess  //  Kippi at Home


White Arrows Home  //  Cribbs Style  //  Dabbling & Decorating  //  One House 2 Barns


My Family Thyme  //  The February Fox  //  A Life Unfolding


My Wee Abode  //  The Tattered Pew  //  Thistlewood Farms


Artsy Chicks Rule  //  2 Bees in a Pod  //  Zucchini Sisters (not shown)  //  The Little by Little Home


The French Blue Cottage  //  Elizabeth Joan Designs  //  Joy in Our Home


Thistle Key Lane  //  Noting Grace

30 thoughts on “Vintage Ticking And Plaid Holiday Tablescape

  1. Leen Curinga says:

    Michelle, I love your pretty tablescape especially the books in the cloche! Very clever using napkins on the backs of your chairs, I think I may need to borrow that idea, it’s so cute!

    Thanks for joining me on this hop, I am so glad you could be part of it!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thanks Leen, I’m so excite to be in your blog hop! So many great ideas being shared today and I can’t wait to soak in all this wonder inspiration!

  2. Paula@SweetPea says:

    You had me at red striped ticking, Michelle! I love how the ticking looks layered with your white and then plaid plates. Those Santa mugs on top of the plate stack are adorable. My favorite part of your table is the stack of books that belonged to your great-aunt. They look terrific under your cloche with the Poinsettia bloom.

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you Paula! I know you will agree, sentimental family things are too precious not to have out and enjoy through out the year.

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you Carrie! I love incorporating everyday things into the holiday decor, especially when they are sentimental treasures.

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      You know that part wasn’t planned. I was looking to add more plaid and the napkins were just sitting there saying, pick me! LOL

  3. Julie Briones says:

    I LOVE your ticking fabric projects, and this sweet Christmas tablescape fit-the-bill, too! Love the addition of the plaid, and the decor on the back of the chairs adds just the right amount of surprise! Pinned!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you so much my sweet friend! The chairs swags were a last minute addition so I could squeeze in more Christmas colors. You know me, mad for plaid! Hugs!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you Janet. I love how each one is inscribed and dated on the inside cover. Not sure if people even do that anymore.

  4. Sonya says:

    Don’t you just love when a theme comes together? I love all your special touches to your ticking stripe theme. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas.

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      It’s the little surprises and unplanned things that sometimes turn out the best. Merry Christmas Sonya to you and your family!

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