Fabulous Ideas for Christmas Tables

Check out these four festive Christmas table settings for easy, inexpensive decorating ideas that start with everyday items.


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Bright pink table setting
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Rustic Repast

    Create a rustic table that echoes the unfinished woods and warm tones of a cozy log cabin. Traditional reds and greens are easy to come by with fresh evergreens, red ribbons, and red pillar candles. For a homespun centerpiece, fill unconventional containers, such as this old wooden toolbox, with florist's foam to hold casually mixed greens, candles of alternating heights, and a garland of beads or cranberries.

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Burlap and Balsalm

    To make a seasonal favor, nestle a small burlap-wrapped tree inside a red pail and garnish it with pinecones and tiny ornaments. Print name tags using your computer and spray-glue them to small squares of craft wood.

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No-Sew Napkin Rings

    Fashion no-sew napkin rings by gluing together the short ends of a frayed strip of burlap. Tie a single thread of burlap through the holes in a button, then glue the button in place.

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The Kissing Chair

    Who wouldn't love to sit in a chair adorned with mistletoe? Dress up everyday chairs with red cushions, wired ribbon, sprigs of mistletoe, and shiny ornaments.

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White-Hot Holiday

    A table blanketed in white lends sophistication and a sense of occasion to any gathering. Get the look by using clear glass and metallic elements against a backdrop of white table linens and china. An artificial tree spray-painted white, flocked with spray snow, and potted in a galvanized pail makes a modern centerpiece for this table. Lights and star ornaments hung on the tree add another layer of sparkle.

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Snowy White Setting

    Stretch your holiday budget by setting the table with inexpensive solid-white plates, with more decorative salad or dessert plates set on top where they show most. Set out old-fashioned rock candy sticks to use as coffee stirrers.

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Flames in the Snow

    Flickering votive candles are staples of holiday decorating, but they don't have to be plain. Dress up painted terra-cotta pots by coating them in glittering "snow," and add wax snow (made by whipping melted wax) to top off the candles.

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Jingle-Bell Chairs

    Drape silvery tinsel across the back of the chairs, hanging bells or star-shape ornaments on it for an extra bit of glitter. Depending on the shape of the chair back, it may be easiest to simply wrap lengths of tinsel around it.

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Just for Dessert

    Dainty confections are the inspiration behind this whimsical table setting, from chocolate-brown place mats to sweet pink dots on the plates. For the centerpiece, hard-to-resist dessert pedestals are really metal candlesticks topped with clear glass plates. Fill them with chocolates, candies, cookies, or ornaments to enhance the playful mood.

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Pretty in Pink

    Make plain placemats more decorative by gluing on borders of pink ribbons or braid. Use a washable fabric glue for the job, applying thin lines with a toothpick.

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Rosy Pink

    Create a sweet place setting by sandwiching a round of pink scrapbook paper and a red sticker-dot border between two glass plates. Personalized candies indicate where guests should sit.

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Candies and Carnations

    Tuck dainty carnations into a slim florist's tube, and slip the tube inside a clear container filled with Jordan almonds for a surprising arrangement.

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Easy Elegance

    Go formal without going over the top with a table setting like this one. Small touches of iridescent accents and embellished crisp linens give a fresh yet refined look. Circle a centerpiece of all-white flowers with a border of green and red apple wedges. This arrangement contains pale hydrangeas, seeded eucalyptus, and a handful of strategically placed gold ornaments. Dip the apple wedges in lemon juice to prevent browning.

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Alternating Apples

    Red and green apple wedges stand out against the white china backdrop. Dip the apple wedges in lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.

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A Stocking Favor

    Miniature stockings double as favors and a clever way to hold flatware. Stitched from green fabric, the stocking is personalized by metal letters hanging from sheer ribbon.

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Deck the Chairs

    Drape dining room chairs in simple white table runners tied in place with ribbon. This easy slipcover treatment is a high-style complement to gaily wrapped presents.

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