10 Pretty Christmas Table Decorations and Settings

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Make Your Holiday Table Sparkle

birch and red table setting


Whether you’re hosting a large group this holiday season or just want to add a bit of festive cheer to your dining table, there are endless ways to decorate a Christmas table this year. From beautiful modern looks to sparkle and glam, we’ve got an easy holiday table for every taste. Check out our favorite looks this season—like this charming birch and berry branch centerpiece from Pink Peonies—and make them your own.


A Woodsy, Rustic Setting

rustic table setting


Whether or not you plan on setting a formal table this year, these tree trunk chargers from Lauren McBride are a whimsical and rustic way to bring the outside in. You can find wood slices at any craft store—just aim for one larger than your dinner plates (a standard charger is 11 to 14 inches). Pair the chargers with greenery and linen, and you’ll have a holiday look you can repurpose all year long.


A Simple, Festive Centerpiece

A christmas table display


A centerpiece is often considered the glue that holds a great dining table together. This super easy DIY from DIY Home Health requires only a few items and makes a big splash. Round up a rustic reclaimed wood box, some holly or other greenery, a few simple candles—and voila!


Musical Christmas Trees

Christmas trees made from music sheets


Though these adorable vintage sheet music Christmas trees from Lyckoslanten can work as festive decor all around the house, we love them as name card holders during a large family get together. This simple DIY just takes a few sheets of music cut into triangles, a small slice of wood and an extra-long toothpick. Place one at each plate or scatter them in the center for a lovely and classy table setting.


Simple and Elegant

red christmas plates


Red is the color of the season, so there’s no better choice when setting your table than to use Santa’s favorite shade. These simple-yet-beautiful hand decorated plates from theletteredj are a great inspiration for any dining table. If you’re not a skilled calligrapher (don’t worry, we aren’t either), use a gold or silver marker to add snowflakes, Christmas trees or bows to any standard red plate.


Embrace Nature

rock name place setting


This stunning place setting uses simple serveware and linens to create a calming, minimalistic scene. We love the use of a rock to place name tags at each setting. A simple metallic permanent marker is all you need to take a blah table and turn it into something photo-worthy.


An Unlikely but Festive Combo

gold holiday table


A floral-inspired look may not seem like the most obvious Christmas choice, but we love decor that bucks trends. This gorgeous and airy table setting from Designthusiasm draws on pinks, golds and peonies, using Christmas ornaments and faux flowers to finish the look. If you don’t have any ornate goblets, head to a thrift store or flea market for a set of Midas-approved table accessories.


Add a Little Spice

cinnamon stick christmas table


There’s just something about the subtle scent of cinnamon that makes us feel festive and warm. This minimalist plate setting from Julie Blanner uses a simple cinnamon stick to give a standard white plate and linen napkin a Christmas-y feel. Bonus points if you use the cinnamon stick for a holiday cocktail after.


Go Graphic

simple christmas place settings


If you tend to stick to neutrals and subtle decor, Christmas is the time to add some color and fun to your look. We love these Twelve Days of Christmas salad plates from Home Stories a to z, which are cute enough to make your guests smile, but classy enough to ensure Grandma still approves. If you do decide to mix in some Santa-inspired dinnerware, keep the rest of the look subtle, so it doesn’t overpower the rest of your decor.


Gather Pinecones

Pinecone table settings


We love pinecones because they’re so versatile as a decor accessory, and—importantly—easy to find lying around your yard. This modern, rustic look from City Farmhouse invokes the great outdoors in a charming and easy-to-mimic way, all using what mother nature gives us for free. Gather a few pinecones (or send your kids to do the work!) and place them around your Christmas table for a woodsy, wintery look. Pair with a tartan tablecloth and a vase of greenery.

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