15 Fabulous and Festive Christmas Table Setting Ideas

minimalist holiday table with white runner and sprigs of natural elements
Photo: Thayer Gowdy

Use these Christmas table decorations as inspiration for all your parties this holiday season. Each Christmas table is packed with easy, inexpensive decorating ideas for Christmas centerpieces and holiday place settings.

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Natural Touches

thanksgiving table evergreen centerpiece and cranberry
Marty Baldwin

Entwine classic holiday greens with cranberry and wood bead garlands for an extra-festive Christmas table setting idea. Make your own tabletop garland in just four simple steps. Keep your Christmas dinnerware simple and elegant, and let the centerpiece shine.

Editor's Tip: Store the fresh evergreen in the refrigerator before use.

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Easy Greenery Centerpiece

minimalist holiday table with white runner and sprigs of natural elements
Thayer Gowdy

Greenery transforms a plain piece of fabric into an artful runner in under five minutes. Using a mix of materials (like pine and evergreen), trim sprigs to different lengths and add a few bright berries. Spaces between the sprigs create places for bottles of wine or serving dishes.

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Farmhouse Place Setting

simple winter place setting with evergreen sprig and sheep
Adam Albright

Add a fresh yet stylish look to your Christmas table with woven willow chargers and a basket filled with cotton and fir clippings. Finish each spot with a gold figurine and simple cream-colored pottery.

Editor's Tip: Use a classic gray-striped tea towel as an oversize napkin.

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Copper Christmas Table

green and copper table setting with lantern centerpieces
Adam Albright

Flickering lanterns, bottle brush trees, and vintage green dishes make this Christmas table setting idea as holiday homey as it gets. Simple white chargers and bold copper wine glasses add texture and color to the theme.

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Buffalo Check Table Decoration

black and white plaid holiday place setting with red mailbox
Adam Albright

Place a red toy mailbox at each guest's spot and fill it with your annual holiday card! Complete your playful Christmas place setting with a buffalo check placemat, napkins, and bright green bottle brush trees.

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Simple Place Setting

personalized Christmas place setting with snowflake dish
Adam Albright

Grain sack napkins, flocked pine, cotton balls, and white porcelain dishware are all you need to create this farmhouse Christmas table. Finish each place setting with a snowflake-shaped dish and a simple handwritten name card.

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Shining Bright

poinsettia in votive, poinsettia centerpiece, holiday decor

Dress up plain clear glass votives to match gold plate chargers in these holiday place settings. Simply brush glue onto the bottom half of the outside. Sprinkle the wet glue with gold glitter and let dry. Cut poinsettia bracts from the plant and dab away any sap. Burn the ends of the stems to make them last longer in the glasses (usually 2 to 3 days).

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Center Stage Display

Christmas centerpiece

Create an easy poinsettia Christmas centerpiece in an urn. Place small, potted poinsettias into the urn still in their pots—that will make them last all season. Tuck silver sage leaves around the edges of the display, and add branches of red berries. Turn up the Christmas table glam by tucking in small gold ornaments.

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Woodland-Inspired Table

holiday centerpieces

Break out your Mason jars and put them to use for a charming Christmas table setting idea. Fill them with paperwhites, add a few sparkly woodland creatures, tuck in a few branches, and complete your Christmas centerpiece for a rustic table.

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Christmas Dining Room

modern Christmas dining room with pendant lights, trees and graphic walls
David A. Land

Don't stop at just the table! Create pretty Christmas chairs. Attach sprigs of evergreen to a wreath form with florists wire. Hang from each dining room chair using a colorful ribbon.

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Burlap and Balsam

Small tree name tag

Personalize your holiday table place settings with name cards. To make this simple holiday table decoration, nestle a small burlap-wrapped tree inside a red pail and garnish it with pinecones and tiny ornaments. Print name tags and spray-glue them to small squares of craft wood.

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Christmas Chair Decoration

bow on back of chair

When setting your Christmas table, don't forget the chairs. This is an easy Christmas decoration to make in a pinch. Dress up everyday chairs with red cushions, wired ribbon, sprigs of mistletoe, and shiny ornaments.

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Christmas Village

christmas place setting with chipboard houses
Adam Albright

A collection of cardboard Christmas houses adds festive cheer to this simple Christmas centerpiece. Arrange them on the table with colorful bottle brush trees and cut evergreen branches. Finish the display with patterned dishes and a mini house at each place.

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Silver Christmas Table

Dining table with Christmas décor
Kritsada Panichgul

Mix mercury glass votives with a table runner crafted from boughs of greenery to add a little shimmer and shine. This Christmas table setting idea is completed with a festive flower arrangement, varied vintage silverware, and candles.

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Easy Elegance

white hydrangea flower table centerpiece
Greg Scheidemann

Go formal without going over the top with these Christmas table decorations. 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.

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