Christmas is just a few days away and if you are hosting Christmas dinner you will want to set a beautiful and memorable table. And setting a sugarplum of a table is easy when you know some tips to help you! Today I have 10 tips for setting a gorgeous Christmas table.
Now, let’s set a fabulous Christmas table…
CREATE A COLOR SCHEME AROUND THINGS YOU ALREADY HAVE
Lots of the same elements in my Christmas table show up year after year. That’s a good thing! I just rework them to look fresh. And one way to keep your Christmas table from looking same-old-same-old is to change up the colors you use on the table. Using the cachepots pots on a table might be a favorite but the items in them and the colors are different.
This year my table was silver, white and celadon green. How about pink, red and aqua or mostly with just a touch of red and green?
Or how about using brown with red and white for a woodland color scheme!
USE EVERY DAY WHITE DISHES
If you have white dishes use them. They are the perfect backdrop for every other beautiful Christmas inspired thing on your table. I used to have a set of Christmas dishes and loved them, but I can do far more and am not fenced in by the motif or colors on my old Christmas dishes. With white dishes, you are only limited by your own imagination!
White dishes are so easy to find and inexpensive. I look for white dishes with great edges. So pretty.
USE FAUX SNOW
Oh, I LOVE to use faux snow!!! It makes the most fabulous “table runner”. It makes an instant Christmas statement… and what a statement!
I run it down the center of my table and then lightly sprinkle some over my place settings. A fantasy look for sure! When dinner is over and it’s time to clean up the table I collect the snow and use it the next year!
The snow that is my first choice is one that has big flakes and are like pieces of torn plastic bags. This snow looks the best.
ADD AN ELEMENT OF SURPRISE TO EACH PLACE
Christmas is the perfect occasion to add all kinds of Christmas themed surprise elements to your table’s place settings. Most of us have appetizers and a libation before serving dinner so those fun elements can be enjoyed before they need to be whisked away.
Here are some great little surprises to add to a Christmas table…
- log slices that act as chargers
- small wreaths between plates
- snow… everywhere!
- pinecones holding name cards
- flatware tied up in a bow with jingle bells
- a fun napkin fold like a Christmas tree
- a little gift on a stack of dishes
- a small wreath that works like a napkin ring
- ball jar filled with snow and a votive candle
ADD A LITTLE TAKE-HOME GIFT TO EACH PLACE
Add a small wrapped gift or a pretty Christmas bauble to the top dish of each place setting for your guest to take home and remember their time with you. This is a signature of a dinner at StoneGable.
One of my sweet friends had us to dinner and put together a little flipbook of a field trip we took to a local museum. We all loved it!
Some great little take home gifts are…
- a few candy canes tied up in a pretty velvet bow
- a bleached pinecone made into an ornament (see how to bleach pinecones HERE)
- a Christmas ornament
- a Chinese takeout box of homemade truffles, candy or cookies
- a little candle
- a little rosemary tree
- a gilded pomegranate
- a little picture frame
- a little bag of coffee or tea
USE LOTS OF GREENS FAUX OR REAL
Deck your halls and your table with greens. They are quintessentially Christmas!
USE CANDLES AND LANTERNS
Even if you are having a Christmas brunch use candles and lanterns. They give off a beautiful Christmasy glow! A little light from a candle elevates even the most simple table. Run lots of pretty candlesticks and lanterns down the center of a table for a gorgeous effect!
As you can see on the woodland table below I love pinecone candles!!!!!
REPEAT CHRISTMAS ELEMENTS
This is a big design secret! Repeated elements are perceived by your mind as attractive. And think of all the Christmas elements you can multiply on a table!
Repeating elements on a table make it look cohesive!
Here are a few repeat-worthy Christmas element to use on a table…
- candy canes
USE CLOTH NAPKINS
Christmas is one of those occasions that only cloth napkins will do… unless you are hosting 20+ people then go for pretty paper ones.
I don’t have any napkins with Christmas motifs on them but what I put around the napkins makes them look Christmasy!
If you don’t know what to use, GO WHITE! You can’t go wrong with a beautiful white napkin. They are perfect for any table! Just look how a white napkin highlights the other elements at each place setting!
If at all possible use linen. Oh, SIGH!
MIX IT UP!
This is my very favorite tips! I love to mix dishes, flatware, glasses, napkins and anything else that goes on my table. If I am having dinner for 10 and don’t have 10 dishes that are the same I get giddy! I then use two different dish styles on my table.
Every other place setting is different on this wintery white table. A mix of round and square plates looks so pretty!
Even if you have enough of one kind of table element mix it up anyway!
Here are some great table elements to mix up on a Christmas table…
- just about anything!
There you go my sweet friends! Now it’s your turn. Equipt with these festive ideas GO SET A PRETTY CHRISTMAS TABLE!
Here’s my Christmas table ready and waiting…
See more of this year’s table HERE.
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