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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FTD
$324.99

Perfect for an outdoor wedding, this dcor is a bright and charming way to celebrate your love. Sunflowers with yellow petals and b...rown centers are brought together to create a sphere shaped arrangement set to hang from smilex strings to give it a garden gorgeous look. A wonderful way to dress up an outside tent or decorate a nearby tree. Approx. 11-inches in diameter. read more

FTD
$549.99

A beautiful way to decorate a long table or to accent a smaller rounded table, this trio of centerpieces blossoms with color and l...ife to help you celebrate your wedding day. The first bouquet brings together lavender and burgundy roses, lavender spray roses, and plum carnations, while the second bouquet offers an array of orange roses, red garden roses, hot pink dianthus, hot pink ranunculus, and burnt orange gerbera daisies. The final bouquet ties the first two arrangements together with lavender, mango, and red mini calla lilies. Each bouquet is seated in a clear glass cubed vase to create easy sight lines for your guests while offering a splash of celebratory color. Two bouquet are approx. 9"H x 9"W. The third bouquet is approx. 8"H x 8"W. read more

FTD
$129.99

A centerpiece that has a fresh and fun look that fits the happy tone of your wedding day! Three separate petite arrangements are m...ade, each consisting of either hot pink dianthus, orange roses, or a hot pink gerbera daisy accented with a sparkling brooch at the center, perfectly set in tall clear glass bud vases. Brought together at the center of the table and donning green beaded wire around the neck of one of the vases to create even further appeal, this arrangement has a unique look and styling that will set your wedding celebration apart from the rest. Approx. 14"H x 12"W. read more

FTD
$469.99

The FTD Sublime Centerpiece is a presentation of modern grace and elegance. Two clear glass cylinder vases sit side-by-side holidi...ng two bouquets in each, set in a diagonal direction for a fresh and sweet look. Each bouquet consists of lavender sweet peas, purple tulips, lavender spray roses, green mini hydrangea, purple lilac, purple waxflower, green hypericum berries and lush greens set in a bright green bouquet cone to give your wedding decor a look of refined sophistication. Each arrangement is approximately 12"H x 6"W. 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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Mikasa®
$99.99 $59.99

Mariah celebrates the visual aesthetics of living in the lap of luxury. Beautiful porcelain pieces are adorned with a feminine mon...ogram-inspired pattern of symmetrical swirl platinum bands. This collection will bring the height of elegance to your dining table at all your formal occasions. Dishwasher safe. Do not use in microwave. This generously sized platter is perfect for serving main entrees, but it's also great for special brunch dishes like savory slices of ham with scrambled eggs or flapjacks and sausage...even finger sandwiches for bridge club. Oval platter measures 14 inch long x 11 inch wide. read more

Cathy's Concepts
$61.00 $53.00

Serve appetizers and preferred snacks with an equal amount of ease and style on the Personalized Bamboo & Slate Cheese Board Set w...ith Utensils. Featuring a removable slate cutting board, as well as cheese slicer and server, this unique set is finished neatly when placed within its FDA-approved bamboo board. The unique blend of natural materials and convenience makes this cheese board the perfect addition to any kitchen. read more

Cathy's Concepts
$53.00 $48.00

Serve appetizers and preferred snacks with an equal amount of ease and style on the Personalized Bamboo & Slate Cheese Board Set w...ith Utensils. Featuring a removable slate cutting board, as well as cheese slicer and server, this unique set is finished neatly when placed within its FDA-approved bamboo board. The unique blend of natural materials and convenience makes this cheese board the perfect addition to any kitchen. read more

Cathy's Concepts
$61.00 $53.00

Serve appetizers and preferred snacks with an equal amount of ease and style on the Personalized Bamboo & Slate Cheese Board Set w...ith Utensils. Featuring a removable slate cutting board, as well as cheese slicer and server, this unique set is finished neatly when placed within its FDA-approved bamboo board. The unique blend of natural materials and convenience makes this cheese board the perfect addition to any kitchen. 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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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
$39.99

Flower Delivery: Our signature floral birthday cake may look good enough to eat, but it's actually crafted from fresh pastel flowe...rs such as mini carnations and poms. It arrives in a bakery box with a set of candles where available, and with proper care, can last days after the celebration is complete.Fresh, hand-crafted cake-shaped arrangement of pastel mini carnations and cushion poms in floral foam, topped with a single pastel roseIncludes a cake skirt, candles and a bakery box where availableArrangement measures approximately 7"H x 8"DOur florists hand-design each arrangement, so colors, varieties, and container may vary due to local availability Add more lasting smiles:A festive Mylar "Happy Birthday" balloon; design on balloon will vary due to local availabilityAn 8 oz. box of delicious assorted chocolates; assortment may vary due to local availability10"L plush brown bear, safe for ages 3 and up; plush may vary due to local availability Great for Birthday read more

1-800-Flowers
$54.99

Flower Delivery: EXCLUSIVE Looking to score extra points with the sports lover in your life? Send our truly original floral creati...on! Expertly crafted with orange carnations in the shape of a basketball, it’s a fresh, fun surprise that’ll have them feeling like #1!Our florists hand-design each creation, so colors and varieties may vary due to local availabilityGathering of fresh orange carnations in the shape of a basketball; accented with variegated pittosporum and white black chenille stems to resemble ribbingArrangement measures approximately 4"H x 9"LArranged on a clear dish; measures 6”L Great for Everyday read more

1-800-Flowers
$54.99

Flower Delivery: EXCLUSIVE Looking to hit a homerun with the sports lover in your life? Send our truly original floral creation! E...xpertly crafted with white carnations and red mini carnations in the shape of a baseball, it’s a fresh, fun surprise that’ll have them feeling like #1!Our florists hand-design each creation, so colors and varieties may vary due to local availabilityGathering of fresh carnations and mini carnations in the shape of a baseball; accented with variegated pittosporumArrangement measures approximately 4"H x 9"LArranged on a clear dish; measures 6”L Great for Everyday read more

1-800-Flowers
$49.99

Flower Delivery: Shower your favorite flower lover with this mini garden of beautiful blooms! Our skilled florists hand gather a f...resh mix of roses, mini carnations, daisy poms, button poms and more inside a reusable green watering can featuring a charming daisy design. Cheerful and vibrant, it’s a little piece of spring they can enjoy right inside.Our florists select the freshest flowers available, so colors and varieties may vary due to local availabilityArrangement of hot pink mini carnations, orange roses, white daisy poms, green button poms, bupleurum and variegated pittosporumArtistically designed in a green watering can featuring a daisy design; reusable watering can is for decorative use only and measures 4.5"HLarge arrangement measures approximately 10.5"H x 9"LSmall arrangement measures approximately 9.5"H x 8"L Great for Easter 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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$16.85

"This customizable Personalized | Nautical Anchor Kitchen Towel is designed on the kitchen towel and would interest those who like... nautical, sailor, anchor, beach, navy, gold, and girly stuff." read more

$17.85

"This customizable Colorful serape stripes kitchen towel is designed on the kitchen towel and would interest those who like stripe...s, colorful, serape, mexican, and blanket stuff." read more

$17.85

"This customizable Flying Carpet Ride Kitchen Towel is designed on the kitchen towel and would interest those who like oriental ru...g design, classic decorating style, classic housewarming gift, antique persian rug, red green blue ivory, geometric... read more

Ferm Living
$16.99

Our Tea Towels are fashionable, functional and fabulous. They are made of 100% organic cotton, are printed by hand and will withou...t a doubt make doing the dishes a pleasure. Each tea towel is packed in 100% recycled cardboard envelopes - perfect for a 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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360 Lighting
$39.99

A pedestal block serves as the base for this quaint accent table lamp providing height to the overall look. In a light brown finis...h with a slightly weathered look that adds character. read more

East
$149.99

This playful table lamp features a darling porcelain bunny base in an ivory finish. A rectangular rayon shade with ribbing softens... the glow of the bulb while providing a linear focal point. A delightful accent lamp to instantly add charm and light to... read more

Home Plus
$9.99

Highlights:Dimensions: 6-1/4Color: RedMaterial Type: PlasticChristmas Theme: LEDLighting IncludedNumber of Lights: 8 lightsIndoor ...and OutdoorRed plastic reindeer with nine warm white LED bulbsRequires 3 AAA Batteries (not included) read more

PERFECTMAZE
$33.99

Our high quality satin table runners and chair sash bows make a great addition to any party. Use these as table decorations and ch...air decorations to fit a theme or just to liven up your event. We carry a variety of colors and different quantities... 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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Better Homes and Gardens
$29.99 $22.99

This pretty red satin Christmas stocking has poinsettia flowers with gold stitching and leaves. It will be a centerpiece of your h...oliday decorating.Satin exteriorBrand:; Better Homes & GardensSize:; Approximately 19 inches longBig enough to hold all of your holiday goodies! read more

Better Homes and Gardens
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This Better Homes and Gardens velvet micro fleece throw blanket has a great look and feel. It features a pretty pattern of trees i...n shades of red, ivory, blue and green. It is sure to keep you cuddly warmBetter Homes and Gardens velvet plush micofleece throw blanketPretty holiday trees pattern in shades of red, green, blue and ivorySuper soft and cozy warmMeasures 50" by 60"Made from 100% polyester microplushMachine washBrand is Better Homes ; Gardens read more

Better Homes and Gardens
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This Better Homes and Gardens sherpa micro plush throw blanket has a great look and feel.; It has a pretty Christmas poinsettia pa...ttern in shades of red, green, gold and ivory.; It is sure to keep you cuddly warm.Better Homes and Gardens sherpa micofleece;throw blanketChristmas red poinsettia patternSuper soft and cozy warmMeasures 50" by 60"Made from 100% polyester microplushReverse is microplush sherpaMachine washBrand is Better Homes ; Gardens read more

Better Homes and Gardens
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This gorgeous satin Christmas stocking is gold with festive embroidery and beads at top. Brand:; Better Homes and GardensColor:;; ...GoldMaterials:; Nylon and PolyesterApproximately 17;inches long; read more

Better Homes and Gardens
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This Better Homes and Gardens velvet plush fleece throw blanket with fringe has a great look and feel. It features a gorgeous blue... medallion pattern. It is sure to keep you cuddly warmBetter Homes and Gardens velvet plush micofleece throw blanket with fringePretty pattern of words from Christmas carols on a red backgroundSuper soft and cozy warmMeasures 50" by 60"Made from 100% polyester microplushMachine washBrand is Better Homes ; Gardens read more

Better Homes and Gardens
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Better Homes and Gardens Scent Bursts Assorted Holiday Assortment, Fresh Cut Frasier, Cinnamon and Spice, Spiced Pumpkin Pie, Cand...ied Caramel Pecan, 4-Pack:Fragranced paper warmer refills made of natural, recyclable paperInfused with pure fragranceContain no waxFast, lasts long and delivers a higher quality fragranceUse with any electric wax melt warmerSafe, simple and convenientMess-free way to fragrance your home read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$24.99 $22.88

This Better Homes and Gardens Christmas throw pillow cover has the look of a fine tapestry.; It features; Santa Claus on a red bac...kground and will make a nice accent to any room.Better Homes and Gardens Christmas accent pillow coverWith the look of fine tapestryGorgeous Santa Claus patternBack is solid green colorFits 18" by 18" pillow insertZipper closureMade from;polyester/cotton blendSpot clean onlyBrand is Better Homes ; Gardens read more

Classic Accessories
$169.40 $62.77

The Classic Accessories Rolling Christmas Tree Storage Bag protects and stores sectional trees from 6 to 9' long and lets you roll... it from place to place. This container has an interior sling with adjustable straps and quick-release buckles that... read more

Nourison
$26.49 $22.52

Irresistibly charming accent rugs, expertly machine-tufted from premium polyester yarns, precision-printed for vibrant and lasting... color. Pile Height: 0.25 - 0.5 inch Material: Polyester Style: Novelty, Patterned Pattern: Graphic Weave Type:... read more

Nourison
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With its whimsical words of wisdom, upbeat designs, charming color palettes and delightful textures, this day-brightening collecti...on of carved printed accent rugs will bring a fun-filled flair to any environment. Contains Latex Contains Latex Pile... read more

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