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Table Decorations and Dining Buying Guide

From intimate dinners for two to gatherings for 20, the Christmas table is where we partake in so many of our rituals and recall shared memories. Part of those rituals is what's on the table itself: the heirloom plates, handcrafted linens, beautiful centerpieces, and more. Here's a buying guide for your Christmas table decorations and dining pieces.

Types of Table Decorations and Dining

Types of Table Decorations and Dining

There's a place for every style of decorating—even at holiday times. While Christmas once meant an exuberant display of red and green, today's homeowners feel confident expressing their holiday stylistic bents in all different manners—and that includes table decorations and dining. Contemporary-minded dwellers might strip down a table setting with some restrained silver accents, crystal, and white place settings. Traditionalists probably embrace those old-fashioned colors, giving them twists to suit their lifestyle and family. Whether you're looking to update your centerpieces, serveware, tableware, flowers, linens, or accents, here's a guide to table decorations and dining items as you assemble your own beautiful tablescapes.

Centerpieces

At the holidays, centerpieces can be used in several different spots in the home—on a dining table, an entry console, even a side table in a living space. They're created from diverse materials and can include candles and wreaths, too.

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1-800-Flowers

EXCLUSIVE Classic elegance meets contemporary style with these centerpieces of red roses, Gerbera daisies, red spray roses and mor...e, in a modern glass cube vase. Hand-crafted centerpiece arrangement of one dozen fresh red roses, 8 red spray roses, 8... read more

1-800-Flowers

Give your wedding the ultimate touch of luxury with our striking and stylish Purple Elegance centerpiece. A fresh mix of hand-arra...nged roses, mini calla lilies, dahlias and a variety of fresh blooms are set in a bowl by our expert florists and placed... read more

1-800-Flowers

EXCLUSIVE Classic elegance meets contemporary style with this centerpiece of red roses, Gerbera daisies, red spray roses and more,... in a modern glass cube vase. Hand-crafted centerpiece arrangement of one dozen fresh red roses, 8 red spray roses, 8... read more

1-800-Flowers

EXCLUSIVE Timeless beauty and elegant style are married in this centerpiece of white roses, white mini Calla lilies, blue delphini...um and more, in a modern glass cube vase. Hand-crafted centerpiece arrangement of striking white roses, white mini Calla... read more

Serveware

From boldly patterned bowls to intricate serving spoons, many holiday serveware pieces are pulled out and used just a few days during the season.

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Frontgate

Natural stone veneer. Brass finished handles. Stainless steel tray stand with brass finish (sold separately). Masterfully hand-cra...fted. Due to the nature of the stone veneer, no two items will be exactly alike. No party would be complete without a selection of delicious hors d'oeuvres, and this beautiful serving tray is perfect setting for a fantastic spread. Covered with a hand-applied natural stone veneer, this serving tray enhances your presentation with its one-of-a-kind appearance. The antiqued brass handles add a touch of elegance and the classic butler tray stand (sold separately) is the perfect complement to this unique piece. . . . . . read more

Rachael Ray
$33.99
at Target

Find Serving Dishes, Trays And Food Stands at Target.com! Whether for serving sides to friends at a dinner party or for tossing a ...salad for a weeknight meal, the Rachael Ray Serveware 10-Inch Stoneware Serving Bowl is a must-have for everyone who loves to have fun in the kitchen. The durable stoneware construction features a contemporary design and bright color to present delish hot and cold dishes in a new way. Pass Rach??????s Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips with Cheddar in style to Grandma at Thanksgiving, or serve her Farro with Asparagus, Hazelnuts and Kale Topped with Roasted Mushrooms while adding flair to the table. Featuring a distinctive profile with a flared edge and wide,... read more

Spode
$156.00 $195.00
at Neiman Marcus

Dishwasher safe Warm oven to 225 degrees Microwave safeCollection: Woodland Turkey Material: Fine Porcelain Shape: Octagonal Size:... 19 Style: Pattern Type: Casual read more

Juliska

Juliska Country Estate Harvest Hostess Tray DetailsLife's simple pleasures are worthy of everyday celebration. Adorned with images... of carefree children, graceful vistas, and swirling autumn leaves, this hostess tray sets the stage for offering pre-dinner delicacies. Made of stoneware ceramic. Microwave, freezer, oven, and dishwasher safe. 15L x 6W. Made in Portugal. Designer About Juliska: Introduced by Dave and Capucine Gooding in 2001, the Juliska collection of elegant European-inspired tableware reflects the couple's appreciation for historical design. Beyond dinnerware, flatware, stemware, and decorative tabletop accessories, today the Juliska collection includes designs for the office and bath. Color: PUMPKIN. Material: STONEWARE CERAMICS. read more

Tableware

Some people use special-occasion tableware, such as fine china, just for holiday gatherings. Others may have special place settings specifically for Christmastime and patterned with seasonal images or colors.

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Global Dcor

A great everyday cookie cutter set with multiple cookie cutters neatly stored in a round copper-plated container. These cookies cu...tters come in a wide range of themes and shapes. read more

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Impress guests this holiday season with our Spirit Of The Season Personalized Appetizer and Dessert Plates.Custom personalized wit...h any name displayed within each of the four holiday designs. The set of 4 plates each have a different seasonal theme; Joy, Peace, Believe, and Family. Plates are quality crafted of fine-quality heavyweight stoneware with a chip-resistant finish. Dishwasher & microwave safe. Set of 4 plates, each measures 7 1/2 in diameter. Each plate is individually gift boxed for protection and an elegant presentation! Makes an impressive, personalized hostess gift, or for a housewarming this holiday season! read more

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Your little ones will love eating their holiday treats off of our Disney® Season Of Wonder Ceramic Plate personalized just for... them! They will be so excited as they clear their plate, revealing their favorite Disney character and a special message!The exclusive Disney® artwork features a Christmas themed design with your choice of Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck or Goofy. Personalize with any name and 1 line of personalization. Our exclusive design was created so your loved one will not only be adding a one-of-a-kind piece to their Disney collection; they will be adding a piece that actually has their name on it, too! White plates are quality crafted of fine-quality heavyweight stoneware with a chip-resistant finish. Diswasher and microwave safe. Measures 7 1/2 in diameter. read more

Arthur Court

Elevate your Christmas this season with a Arthur Court Antler Pedestal Bowl. This Christmas-themed bowl is lifted up on a pair of ...richly detailed antlers. Its aluminum construction sparkles and shines in elegant candlelight and stands out on a red or green table cloth. This handsome bowl may be chilled in the refrigerator or freezer or warmed it in the oven up to 350 degrees. It comes in a your choice of size. Hand washable. Polished aluminum construction. Attractive antler pedestal lifts bowl. Chill in refrigerator or freezer; warm in oven up to 350 degrees. Available in your choice of size. read more

Flowers

Whether real or fake, flowers can be wonderful accents at individual place settings or a focal point in the center of a table.

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1-800-Flowers

Express yourself perfectly all summer long with a charming take on our best-selling arrangement. Just like a gathering of blooms p...icked fresh from the vast flower fields found throughout Europe, this hand-designed bouquet of sunflowers, delphinium and... read more

1-800-Flowers

In times of sorrow and loss, finding the perfect expression sympathy can be very difficult. Let them know there are brighter days ...ahead with this basket full of fresh and colorful blooms. Expertly crafted by our florists, it's gathered with yellow... read more

1-800-Flowers

Add a drop of sunshine to any celebration with our bestselling arrangement, gathered here in a classic cylinder vase. A deluxe ass...ortment of vibrant sunflowers, striking delphinium, exotic alstroemeria and more come together to transport your special... read more

1-800-Flowers

This touching tribute beautifully conveys your sympathy and support. Long stem pink roses and spray roses, white hybrid lilies and... snapdragons, and more are arranged by our expert floral designers Traditionally sent by family, friends or business... read more

Linens

Much like tableware, Christmas linens—including tablecloths, napkins, and place mats—may be special-occasion only or themed for the Christmas holiday.

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Violet Linen
$15.92 $20.00
at Wayfair

Size: 84" W x 60" D Violet Linen European Seasonal Tablecloth The Violet Linen European Seasonal Tablecloth will become the piece ...of table linen that your Christmas feasts are centered on! It has a festive appeal that cannot be ignored. This European... read more

Homewear Linens

Homewear Linens Pumpkin Party Napkin Features: -Set includes 4 napkins.-Pumpkin Party collection.-Ivory linen look.-Fall piece.-Ea...sy clean.-Product Type: Napkin.-Collection: Pumpkin Party.-Color: Ivory.-Distressed: No.-Material: Polyester -Material... read more

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It's the little things that keep romance going strong - like never forgetting to kiss each other goodnight!This elegant pillow cre...atively displays your first names in an elegant classic font, while Always Kiss Me Goodnight, or any message you choose is gracefully scripted across the center.Makes a charming Sweetest Day, Valentine's Day, wedding or anniversary gift! read more

Personalization Mall

It's the little things that keep romance going strong - like never forgetting to kiss each other goodnight!This elegant pillow cre...atively displays your first names in an elegant classic font, while Always Kiss Me Goodnight, or any message you choose is gracefully scripted across the center.Makes a charming Sweetest Day, Valentine's Day, wedding or anniversary gift! read more

Accents

Other table accents are designed to tie different table decorations and dining items together. Those may include whimsical figurines such as reindeer salt-and-pepper shaker sets or other small decorative pieces.

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Violet Linen
$15.92 $20.00
at Wayfair

Size: 84" W x 60" D Violet Linen European Seasonal Tablecloth The Violet Linen European Seasonal Tablecloth will become the piece ...of table linen that your Christmas feasts are centered on! It has a festive appeal that cannot be ignored. This European... read more

Cypress
$36.99 $79.99
at Wayfair

Cypress Bride and Groom Polystone Table Decor Features: -Material: Resin.-2 Assorted.-Season: Halloween.-Multi-colored.-Quantity: ...Set.-Product Type: Figurines & Collectibles.-Holiday Theme: Yes .Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom:... read more

Oriental Trading Company

Perfect for the first toast at your wedding reception! These elegant two hearts-etched glass flutes are ideal for the bride and gr...oom's table and make a romantic keepsake of your wedding day. Personalize each glass flute with 2 lines of 20... read more

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Fill our Halloween Tricks & Treats Personalized Serving Bowl with sweets this Halloween!Choose one of 4 Halloween design options a...nd add any one line of personalization for a fun and practical piece of Halloween decor! Fill the bowl with candy and sweet treats and you have a gift that will be used for years to come. read more

Product Features

Product Features

Deciding what you need to complete your table setup is only the first step in choosing decorations and dining items. Think about your intentions for your holiday table decorations and dining items. Do you wish to use pieces year-round? Or do you reserve them just for Christmas Day dinner? This may have the biggest impact on your products' features. As you narrow down your list, make sure to review colors and patterns, versatility of use, and materials. Here's a short guide to get you started.

Colors and Patterns

From snowflakes to snowmen, plaids to stripes, Christmas table decorations and dining items can be found in a range of colors and patterns. To establish a cohesive look, decide on an overall theme (white, Santa Claus, etc.), which will guide you as you choose items.

Versatility of Use

For some people, the best part about Christmas table decorations and dining items is that they are only used for a short period of time during the holidays. Other people wish to have pieces that are more flexible in use—a plain white bowl, for example, that can be used at other times throughout the year.

Materials

Table decorations and dining items can be made of anything from fabric to plastic to pewter. Know how your items were created and how they can be used. Some decorative trays, for example, may not be suitable for food items.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Most people will tell you that a collection of Christmas table decorations and dining pieces is not assembled in a year—or even two. It takes time and evolution—both in lifestyle and in tastes—to figure out what you want and need. Even so, as you add to your tabletop collection from year to year, always review important purchase considerations. Those include replacement, storage, care, and cost. Each of those factors will affect your use and enjoyment of your pieces. Review these brief explanations to get started.

Replacement

Those items that are less readily available or more distinctive in design or decoration also may be more difficult to replace if broken, chipped, or lost.

Storage

No matter if they are foldable linens or packable glasses, all Christmas table decorations and dining items will need a spot to be stored. Take care to understand storage requirements and to evaluate whether you have adequate space to accommodate them.

Care

Some table items may not be able to go from stovetop to tabletop to dishwasher. Certain linens might be too delicate to be machine-washed. Understand how to take care of your items to keep them in tip-top condition.

Cost

Cost will vary depending on how the item was created and what it is made of. For those pieces that you can gradually accumulate, this may be less of an issue than for those you wish to acquire immediately.

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Violet Linen
$15.92 $20.00
at Wayfair

Size: 84" W x 60" D Violet Linen European Seasonal Tablecloth The Violet Linen European Seasonal Tablecloth will become the piece ...of table linen that your Christmas feasts are centered on! It has a festive appeal that cannot be ignored. This European... read more

Violet Linen European Seasonal Tablecloth Euro-Seasonal-3801-BE Size: 84" W x 60" D
Tree Classics

Spruce up your dining area with the Classic Holiday Unlit Artificial Christmas Table Centerpiece. This 36-inch table centerpiece f...eatures realistic Real Feel? foliage that provides a festive welcome for the holidays. read more

36" TC Holiday Christmas Centerpiece Artificial Christmas Tree - Unlit
Balsam Hill

Our 36-inch Balsam Hill Norway Spruce Holiday Artificial Christmas Centerpiece ?? Unlit offers a vision of holiday abundance as se...en in its assemblage of red apples, red and green berries, and twig balls on a base of boxwood leaves and evergreen needles. Featuring 100% of our signature True Needle??? foliage, the 280 tips of this remarkable centerpiece exhibits a darker shade of green accented by light green to emulate new growth. With its rich and festive visage, this Norway Spruce centerpiece is an ideal companion to your holiday celebrations.Balsam Hill's mission is to create the world's most beautiful and realistic artificial Christmas trees. We are committed to providing our customers with a picture-perfect holiday. With options like remote-controlled pre-strung lights, our luxurious trees will let you sit back and enjoy Christmas to the fullest, this year and for years to come. Our trees are designed using branches from real trees, and our exclusive True Needle??? technology creates the most realistic looking and feeling branch tips. You and your guests may not believe that your gorgeous Balsam Hill Christmas tree is artificial. Balsam Hill's trees have won awards for their realism and have been featured in movies, television shows, and celebrity homes. Our wide range of styles and sizes ensures you will be able to find a tree that fits perfectly in your home. We also have a range of beautiful wreaths and garlands to put the finishing touches on your home this holiday season. read more

36" BH Norway Spruce Holiday Artificial Christmas Centerpiece - Unlit
Tree Classics
$69.99 $199.00
at Tree Classics

Spruce up your dining area with the Classic Holiday Unlit Artificial Christmas Table Centerpiece. This 36-inch table centerpiece f...eatures realistic Real Feel™ foliage that provides a festive welcome for the holidays. read more

36" TC Holiday Christmas Centerpiece Artificial Christmas Tree - Unlit
DaDa Bedding
$14.99 $25.99
at Wayfair

Size: 38" H x 13" W x 0.2" D DaDa Bedding Christmas Fiesta Woven Table Runner DaDa Bedding Christmas Fiesta Woven table runner. Up...date your home decor with this glamorous woven table runner. Features: -Christmas Fiesta collection.-Face material: 45%... read more

DaDa Bedding Christmas Fiesta Woven Table Runner TR3 Size: 38" H x 13" W x 0.2" D
Tree Classics Artificial Trees

Spruce up your dining area with the Classic Holiday Unlit Artificial Christmas Table Centerpiece. This 36-inch table centerpiece f...eatures realistic Real Feel??? foliage that provides a festive welcome for the holidays. read more

36" TC Holiday Christmas Centerpiece Artificial Christmas Tree - Unlit
Balsam Hill

Inspired by White Spruce trees, our perennial bestseller, our White Spruce Bordeaux mailbox swag is adorned with burgundy pomegran...ates, gold pine cones, and berry accents. No mailman or visitor can resist this luxurious swag. Our hand-crafted mailbox swags have been featured on TV shows such as "Ellen" and "The Today Show" and are a recipient of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Balsam Hill swags hang beautifully, are made of flame-retardant and non-allergenic materials, and are covered by our popular 5-year foliage and 3-year light warranties. Free shipping when you buy today! read more

36" BH Vermont White Spruce Bordeaux Christmas Centerpiece - Unlit
Balsam Hill

Bring home the beautiful colors of fall with the Autumn Harvest Swag. Made with lush True Needle foliage, natural pinecones and re...d berries, this 36 inches unlit swag is the perfect match to any Christmas tree. read more

36" Balsam Hill Autumn Harvest Christmas Centerpiece - Unlit
Balsam Hill

Captivate the imagination of your guests with the golden majesty of our 36-inch Balsam Hill Noble Fir Gilded Artificial Christmas ...Centerpiece ?? Unlit. Each one of its 122 tips is fashioned using our exclusive True Needle??? technology to achieve a stunning level of realism that other holiday decorations cannot match. Reminiscent of the lavish Rococo style of France, this masterfully crafted artificial Christmas swag features a complement of golden pine cones, berries, and eucalyptus leaves. Enjoy an opulent holiday celebration in your home with this glittering decorated centerpiece.Balsam Hill's mission is to create the world's most beautiful and realistic artificial Christmas trees. We are committed to providing our customers with a picture-perfect holiday. With options like remote-controlled pre-strung lights, our luxurious trees will let you sit back and enjoy Christmas to the fullest, this year and for years to come. Our trees are designed using branches from real trees, and our exclusive True Needle??? technology creates the most realistic looking and feeling branch tips. You and your guests may not believe that your gorgeous Balsam Hill Christmas tree is artificial. Balsam Hill's trees have won awards for their realism and have been featured in movies, television shows, and celebrity homes. Our wide range of styles and sizes ensures you will be able to find a tree that fits perfectly in your home. We also have a range of beautiful wreaths and garlands to put the finishing touches on your home this holiday season. read more

36" BH Noble Fir Gilded Artificial Christmas Centerpiece - Unlit

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