How To Decorate Your Dining Table For Christmas

Your Christmas decor should be festive, bright, warm, and welcoming! Creating a display on your dining table for the holiday season can make your house feel even more like a home. Decorate your dining table all season long with beautiful linens, lighting, place settings, and more. Here are some steps on how to decorate your dining table for Christmas.

Dress Your Dining Table With Christmas Themed Linens

Decorate Your Dining Table For Christmas - Plaid Tablecloth

Table linens are a great place to start when decorating your dining table for Christmas. They can set the stage for the color scheme or pattern coordination for the rest of your tabletop decorations. With the use of tablecloths, runners, place mats, and cloth napkins, you can create a beautiful spread on your holiday table.

Start with a Christmas tablecloth or runner. This can be plain red or green, buffalo plaid, or it can have festive pattern such as Santa, reindeer, or snowmen. You’ll want this to be the base for the theme of your Christmas table, so keep in mind the type of vibe you’re going for. If you want a more classic Christmas vibe, go for solid or plaid, but if you want a more fun look, go for a character pattern.

You’ll want your place mats to contrast your table linens to create a nice balance on your table. If you have a patterned tablecloth, set up solid colored place mats. If you have a solid colored tablecloth, you can play around with festive themed place mats. Give your table a unique look for the holiday!

Add Some Pine Greenery To Your Christmas Dining Table

Decorate Your Dining Table For Christmas - Pine Garland Centerpiece

Pine and other greenery is a wonderful way to instantly transform any room in your home for Christmas. It can bring the natural element of Christmas to your space and give you an authentic holiday feeling.

One way to dress your dining table with greenery is to use a pine garland as a makeshift table runner. Choose a garland that’s mixed with pine cones and red berries for a festive look. You can also wrap string lights around the garland to light up your table during dinnertime, or place holiday candles down the middle of the table with the garland.

If you want a more subtle look with greenery, here are some other ways to decorate your Christmas dining table:

  • Place a mini Christmas tree on your table as a centerpiece
  • Wrap your napkins and silverware with a single branch of pine needles
  • Fill a decorative bowl with greenery and use it as a centerpiece
  • Hang mini Christmas wreaths on the back of each chair

Decorate Your Place Settings With Christmas Colors

Decorate Your Dining Table For Christmas - Candy Cane Place Settings

Get your Christmas dining table ready for your dinner guests! It can be simple and easy to create beautiful place settings at each seat. Whether you want a fully festive look or a give off a more subtle nod to the holiday season, these ideas will help you get it done!

In order to get a cheerful Christmas dining table, you’ll want to make your place settings fit into the holiday color scheme. A red and green look is perfect for a traditional spread, while gold or white can give it a more elegant look. Be sure to match your table settings with the rest of your table decor so everything flows together smoothly.

Christmas Place Setting Ideas

  • Set down red dinner plates with green salad plates on top. Neatly tie white cloth napkins with a branch of pine needles and display on top of the plates.
  • Use gold plates and red cloth napkins at each seat. Decorate each plate with a green ball ornaments (the ornament can also act as a name card).
  • Set up white plates on top of red place mats. On each plate, display a candy cane and a small Santa figurine next to a red or green cloth napkin.

Brighten Up Your Christmas Dining Table With Candles & String Lights

Christmas Candles

Your Christmas dining table can be made even more magical with the help of candles and string lights! Adding a warm glow to your table will give off a calming and welcoming vibe that will set the stage for the entire room.

Start by decorating with red, white, or green pillar candles. Display the candles in a centerpiece with greenery, on glass candle holders, or in the middle of a bowl of pine cones. Make sure to choose unscented candles; you don’t want the candle scents to interfere with your Christmas dinner. You can also opt for LED candles for a safer and easier way to light up the table.

In addition to Christmas candles, you can also decorate your Christmas dining table with string lights and other lighted decor. Wrap string lights around a garland or display fairy string lights inside of a cloche. Decorate with lighted accents such as lanterns, mini lighted Christmas trees, and lighted characters such as Santa, reindeer, and snowmen. Have fun and add a playful touch to your table!

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