7 Must-Have Christmas Table and Tabletop Decorations
Decorating for Christmas evokes feelings of nostalgia and vivid childhood memories. And before you know it, the most wonderful time of the year will be upon us. You've probably already thought about how you’ll decorate your tree or adorn the mantle above the fireplace, but what about Christmas table decorations? There are many aesthetics you can achieve depending on your preferences. Peruse the list below to find a theme to incorporate into your home and be inspired by these Christmas table decoration ideas.
A Rustic Christmas
If you are a fan of plaid and wood decor, a rustic Christmas is a theme for you. It doesn't require any fine china as the idea behind it is simplicity and comfort.
- Plaid blankets
- Plaid (green and red) napkins
- Wood slices
- Green snips or garland
- Tapers (green or red)
- Wooden Art (optional)
Start by collecting a couple of comfy plaid blankets and laying them on each chair or bench seat. Next, gather some plaid napkins to use at your table. To go with the napkins, grab some wood slices at a craft shop and place them under your plates at the table. Then, get some green, woodsy snips and combine them with tapers to tie off the look. You can place these in the middle of your table. Finally, if you have any art on wooden blocks or boards, setting these out around the table will complete the look.
Snow is the main ingredient in this beautiful, timely theme. Snow is often associated with Christmas time, even if it doesn't actually snow where you live. White is the key color to pulling this theme off.
- White tablecloths/light blue tablecloths with white snowflakes
- Tabletop Christmas Tree
- Snowflake coasters
- Hanging snowflakes
Begin by finding tablecloths to adorn your table. Next, gather snowflake decor like coasters for drinks and hanging snowflakes to place over the table. Use a tabletop Christmas Tree to tie the piece together!
Red and green are the classic Christmas colors, so you can't go wrong using them to decorate your table.
- Red ornamental, circular bulbs
- 2 white, hollowed out cylindrical pieces
- Mini pine tree
- Long decorative grass
- Fake red berries on sticks
To go with the classic red and green colors, a wreath is a traditional Christmas symbol. Get enough small wreaths to match the number of chairs at your table. Attach one wreath to the back of each chair. Next, place the pine tree in the middle of the table as a centerpiece. Then, get a couple of white cylindrical pieces and spread them evenly across the center of your table. You will fill these with decorative grass and red berries. Finally, hang the red bulbs from the ceiling above the table.
Nature is beautiful, so bring it inside to spice up your Christmas table decorations.
- Decorative pine cones
- Fake red berries on sticks
- Green garland
- 2 brown hollowed out cylindrical pieces
- Red candles
You will start your table decorating by running green garland down the center from one end to the other. Next, grab the red candle and place it in the center of the table just behind the garland. This is your centerpiece. Next up are the cylinders, which will be placed halfway between the candle and the end of the table on each side. Fill the cylinders with the fake red berries on sticks. Finally, take however many pinecones you have and place them throughout the garland. This natural wonders theme could also work well as part of your Christmas coffee table decor.
Simply Festive Christmas Table Decorations
If you are looking for something simple that will still look beautiful, this may be the look for you.
- Wide candle
- A medium-sized wooden box with no top
- Greenery (Holly, fake berries, etc.)
- A pinecone or two
- Red table runner
Start by placing the table runner in the middle of your table from one end to the other. Next, grab your wooden box and place it in the center of the table on top of the runner. Then, take your candle and place it in the center of the box. Next, fill the box with the greenery around the candle. Make sure not to put greenery directly over the candle, or it could be a fire hazard. Finally, take your pinecone and place them somewhere in the greenery.
Green is Good
People often think of red and green as the Christmas colors, but green on its own works just as well. For this simple, classy theme, greenery is your main ingredient.
- White tablecloth
- White vases of different sizes
Start by placing the tablecloth down the center of the table. Next, take all of your vases and place them all over the tablecloth, making sure to put vases of different sizes near each other. Finally, take your greenery and fill the vases. If you're able, pick different types of greenery and mix and match them in each vase.
Snowman Table Settings
A family favorite is a snowman-themed table. With this fun theme, you'll take supplies you probably already have around the house and create an exciting table display.
- Large white plates (enough for each seat at your table)
- Medium white plates (enough for each seat at your table)
- Forks, spoons & knives (1 for each seat at your table)
- Long, red cloth napkins (enough for each seat at your table)
- Black paper napkins (enough for each seat at your table)
- Carrots (1 for each seat at your table)
- Blackberries (5 for each seat at your table)
- Small-to-medium sized, cubed glass container
- Styrofoam balls
- Candy canes
The glass container goes in the middle of the table and should be filled with styrofoam balls. Hang the candy canes on the outside of the glass container. Follow these directions to complete your snowmen.
- Place the large white plate close to the edge of the table in front of a chair.
- Set the medium plate above the large plate.
- Place three blackberries down the middle of the larger plate in a column.
- Put two blackberries on the top plate to act as eyes.
- Place a carrot below the eyes to be the nose.
- Put the long, red napkin across the area where the plates meet to form a scarf.
- Use the fork and spoon as the snowman's arms. Stick one end on the larger plate and have them hang off.
- Place the black napkin above the small plate, just barely touching the top, to be the hat.
- Place the knife across the area where the napkin meets the plate.
- Repeat the steps above for each seat at your table.
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We hope you enjoyed these fun ideas for how to transform your tabletop displays and dining room for the Christmas season!