Set a Stylish Christmas Table

Explore these handsome Christmas table decorating ideas for the look that matches your style.


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Kim Cornelison
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Beribboned Setting

    Christmas red and green get a fresh look when layered with crisp whites. Tartan plaid table runners make a stark white tablecloth more playful, while silky ribbon tied to the back of each chair adds decoration and holiday color to the entire setting.

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Green is a Natural

    During the holidays, the color green is frequently teamed with red. But green alone can be just as pretty. Combined with white china and gold-rimmed goblets, green plates used as chargers look elegant on this holiday table.

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A Country Christmas

    Table runners placed perpendicular across a table dress up a white tablecloth for the holidays. Red vases and greenery make a simple centerpiece, and bows with holiday ornaments attached make easy chair decorations.

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Small Table, Big Style

    A small gathering is the ideal place to pull out an alternative holiday color, such as the fuchsia napkins and Christmas balls shown here. Twelve place settings of the bright color could be overwhelming, but here, it's just right.

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Formal Coordination

    If a formal holiday meal is your cup of tea, go all out by coordinating fabrics for the table runners, napkins, and chair decorations. Then, continue the scheme by attaching small flowers in your star color to a candelabra for an elegant centerpiece.

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Traditional Whites

    White and red is a classic Christmas combination, so you can't go wrong by pairing white candlesticks with red tapers and fresh greenery for an impressive centerpiece on a traditional dining table.

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White Wonderland

    Nothing looks more elegant than white, so layer white on white for a truly sophisticated setting. A silver centerpiece sparkles against the white flowers, clear glasses, and white dishware, while one splash of color -- light blue -- makes a contemporary appearance in a strip of ribbon down the center of the table.

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Luxurious Touches

    A vision in pink, this table showcases vintage china, gold-rim glassware, and rosy Depression-era goblets. Garlands of silver tinsel and beads drape the mantel, where damask wallpaper covers the firebox opening.

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Colors that Complement

    Say goodbye to traditional red and green and decorate in colors that complement your room. Dress the table with cookies and miniature bottlebrush trees, and hang ornaments from the chandelier. Continue the look on the tree with gumdrop branches and cookie ornaments. Get a closer look at the coordinating centerpiece in the next slide.

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Edible Centerpiece

    Almost too pretty to eat, this centerpiece features a winter landscape of bottlebrush trees with adorable cookie animals. More iced cookies, glass stars, and miniature ball ornaments cascade from the glass chandelier.

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Contemporary Tabletop

    Crisp white runners topped by place mats in green add dimension to contemporary furnishings. Sew two linen runners, trim the ends with twinkling buttons, and arrange them across one another on the table. Take a closer look at the place settings in the next slide.

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Layers of Luxury

    For a sleek place setting, stack square white dishes on gorgeous-in-green place mats. Wrap chocolate-brown napkins in lime velvet ribbon threaded through rhinestone buckles.

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Indigo Elegance

    Simply adorned for the holidays, this dining room features a white-painted antique breakfront that showcases blue-and-white porcelain. Comfortable chairs upholstered with indigo-blue mohair surround a circular pedestal table adorned with a white-twig centerpiece and tall silver candlesticks.

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Merry Mustard

    The color mustard is a warm backdrop for the rich greens and reds of natural decorations. Mustard-and-ivory toile drapery and pale mustard wallpaper lets evergreens, amaryllis, and poinsettias take center stage.

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Gleaming Silver on Green

    Gleaming silver sparkles against a sage-green damask cloth topped with red place mats. Red roses, small wreaths at the windows, and a greenery-bedecked chandelier complete the elegant setting.

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Chocolate Table

    This chocolate-brown table welcomes guests to a holiday dinner. White china and clear glasses pop against the rich tone of the table. A centerpiece with flowers accents the hues for a cohesive feel.

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Golden Gifts

    The yellow undertone of the glasses, silverware, and plates sets an inviting tone for dinner. Small gifts wrapped in gold ribbon rest at the center of each plate awaiting guests.

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Vintage White

    This vintage white table accented with pink and purple flowers, candles, ribbon, and ornaments is ready for hungry guests.

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