Nothing says special more than a well-prepared Christmas dinner table does. But behind the joyous clinking of cutlery and the enthusiastic laughter over the turkey is the work that goes into making an unforgettable Christmas ensemble for the family. Let your love do the talk.
Creating a stylish Christmas dinner table is not just about aesthetics; it’s about creating a delightful atmosphere where everyone can engage, communicate, and have fun. Humanizing your perspective, while a bit pressuring, can change the way you approach the challenge.
Thankfully, the internet makes it easier for DIYers like you to come up with visually stunning ideas for a winning Christmas dinner-table setup. Here are some of them.
Make It Golden
Adding a touch of gold to your tableware is a failproof Christmas dinner-table-setup idea. Gold mixes well with white, red, or green arrangements and adds just the right spark to create an exciting tablescape.
This lovely setup by Lauren McBrideincorporates country design with holiday vibes, making use of a wood slice asplate base but touched up with the cutlery as metallic gold accents. Theglasses on top of the wood slice coasters are also accentuated with golddetails. Finally, metallic candlesticks render the whole arrangement a magicalfeel as it runs along the length of the whole table parallel to the pine leavesbeautifully arranged as the table runner.
If the weather allows it, why not take the celebration outside? This is a great idea to consider, especially if you’re celebrating with the relatives. Take the party to the patio, maybe even beside the pool, and organize an assembly of fairy lights; warm, cozy seats; and a creative centerpiece for a unique kind of holiday fete.
There are plenty of great ideas for an outdoor Christmas dinner table deco. You can go au naturel with a potted centerpiece, using floral runners accented with small branches and twigs, or choose a simple but elegant setup using burlap, fresh plants, and hanging lights.
Make it shine. Utilize lights to your advantage to curate a more supernatural ambience. Good lighting is not just practical; it helps bring out the beauty of the details.
Raid the China Cabinet
You can never go wrong with going fancy to make your Christmas dinner extra special. This is one of the best times of the year to raid your fine tableware cabinet. Those gilded salad plates are at home in your Christmas dinner ensemble, along with the expensive set of wine glasses, fresh blooms, and fine burlaps.
If you have qualms about messing up your beautiful oakwood table, place fine quality linens instead of just burlaps. Then assemble a runner of greenery to complement the flowers.
Decorate the Chairs
A lovely way to make your table guests feel like VIPs is to add accent pieces to the chairs.
If yourmain theme is rustic, this idea from Thistlewood Farms is simple yet sophisticatedusing a meager assembly of a burlap bow and a grouping of greenery. Analternative to the greens is the pinecone and in addition to the burlap bow isa touch of brown silk fabric piece.
Even a simple wreath ornament can completely change the whole scene. If you can’t come up with wreaths, try metallic Christmas balls paired with pretty bows.
Repurpose Household Items
You can still create a lovely Christmas dinner-table setup without splurging on decorative items. Get creative, and see how you can upcycle some of your household items.
For instance, old wine bottles can be used to hold your dinner candles. All you need are a little bit of cleaning, the right size of candles, and some silver wrapping. Tie silk bows around your bottles, and presto, you have your own holiday-ready DIY candleholder.
Hereare some more awesome ideas from Midwest Living.
Play with Fabric
As the season settles, you’ll have no shortage of linen choices to decorate your dinner table. Striped, printed, or plain, shop for the fabric that fits your theme. Playing with fabric is ideal if you don’t want an extravagance of runners and decors on top of your dinner table. It’s also a simple and elegant way to showcase your fine china and glassware.
Here’s an idea: place striped runners perpendicular to the length of the table in sections as placemats, then stack a mint white salad plate over a deep red dinner plate. On top of it, place a fine white napkin tied with a red ticking fabric and pine leaf. This fantastic setup will instantly transform your casual dinner-table look.
DIY Christmas Cones
If youhave a wide table, touch up those extra empty spaces by adding a bit of detail.These Christmas cone decors from Alyssa & Carla area great idea, using only an assortment of everyday items you can easily findaround the house or with a single trip to the dollar store.
Papier-mâché cones are painted green and, using only craft glue, were decorated with pom-poms and a chenille tinsel trim, producing three decorative variations. It’s a fun DIY project that can be made even more fun when done with the kids.
Wrap Up Your Plates
Sometimes, even the simplest additions to your setup can change the entire look of your ensemble. And this is exactly what this simple hack does. Choose a complementary palette for your napkin and tableware first, then simply wrap the place setting along with the cutlery with a wide silk ribbon.
Gold and dark blue green make a great pair. If you want a warmer color choice, gold and red never fails. Plaid red suits the holiday energy, but don’t limit your imagination to these cliché holiday colors. This striped black-and-white setup by The Wood Grain Cottage, for example, totally aces the modern, sophisticated theme.
Go for a Holiday Winter Theme
Snow makes a beautiful and impressive motif that can really brighten up the holiday dining table if done right. You don’t need to purchase expensive tableware for the purpose. Simply adding snow-themed accents can already doll up an otherwise plain white table setting.
The following are some ways to incorporate the holiday winter theme into your Christmas-table setup:
- Add crystal powder to your candle holder to mimic snow.
- Choose red and white for your linens and table napkins.
- Use lace or crocheted doilies as table runners.
- A snowman head centerpiece.
- Snowflake chandelier.
- Tree branches that run along the centerpiece.
- Choose white and silver as your main theme.
Place Ornaments in a Vase
If you feel like your table setup is too flat, too dim, or too pale, simply place glittery large Christmas balls and tinsel trims into a clear vase, and put them beside your runners or centerpiece. This extra glitzy addition helps bounce off light and brighten your setup.
Whether you choose to celebrate outdoors or prefer the cozy traditional dinner indoors, there are plenty of ways to touch up the casual and turn it into something special. Make your holiday memories unforgettable with these lovely Christmas table-decoration ideas.