Decorating a Farmhouse-style Christmas Tablescape with Buffalo Plaid/Check

Is it buffalo plaid or buffalo check? No matter, this fabric pattern is definitely "it" for that rustic, farmhouse, or cabin-inspired Christmas ambiance that’s become such a classic. When it comes to a truly heartwarming holiday tablescape, it’s hard to resist the rugged, woodland look that buffalo plaid can bring to your centerpieces, place settings, table linens and more!

Sidebar: Okay, so why buffalo? For those of you wondering (as we were) how this fabric pattern got its name, the short account is that the originator of this checked design was the owner of the Woolrich mill in Pennsylvania in the 1850s–and he happened to own a large herd of buffalo. Hmm….we’re still wondering. Never mind, let’s get on with some gorgeous Christmas tablescape inspiration with an inviting farmhouse feel!

Christmas Tablescape Inspiration with Buffalo Check Accents

From these table setting examples, the styling secret lies in using the buffalo plaid pattern in well-planned touches. See which ideas you can use in your own holiday entertaining.

Buffalo plaid holiday tablescapes

A simple way to bring the check pattern to your table is via fabric placemats and matching plates (1) on a crisp white table. Or you could do the reverse and have solid red placemats and plates on your own DIY plaid holiday charger plates (2).

If you happen to have a farmhouse-style table with fabulous wood grain, show it off for the holidays with just a buffalo check runner (3) down the center. Then, add Christmas greenery and berries in keeping with the woodsy effect.

Red and black buffalo plaid Christmas table decorations

Now, for plaid touches on the place settings! For cutlery holders, how charming are mini buffalo check stockings (4) with iron-on wreath monograms for a personal touch. Or as a surprise for each guest, a little gift box tied up in a festive plaid bow (5).

Another easy option would be to fold a buffalo check napkin on top of each plate—with perhaps a 3D monogram letter (6) as a place marker or a smaller bread or appetizer plate (7) with a cheery holiday greeting!

So, will it be a farmhouse Christmas tablescape for you this year? Buffalo plaid will be the way to get the look!

Credits for these lovely ideas:

1 – Buffalo Check Christmas Tablescape – from 2 Bees in a Pod
2 – DIY Holiday Charger Plates – from Lydi Out Loud
3 – Budget-friendly Holiday Tablescape – from Robyn’s Southern Nest
4 – Cotton Stocking Place Card – from Craftables
5 – Rustic Glam Holiday Dining Room – from Hello Little Home
6 – Cabin-inspired Christmas Tablescape – from Mountain Modern Life