Fast forward to Christmas day; after a morning full of unwrapping gifts and enjoying some well-deserved family time, the festivities continue into the dining room, where the famous Christmas dinner is enjoyed. Crisp roast potatoes, traditional turkey, stuffing balls and seasonal vegetables, all comfortably swimming in a moat of gravy.
The Christmas dinner table is a place for food, family and fun, where glasses are raised and countless amounts of crackers are pulled. Since so much time is spent in the dining room, relishing course after course of delectable food, you’ll no doubt want to ensure your Christmas dinner table is dressed to impress.
From festive red and white themes to on-trend Scandinavian and glamorous gray, wow your dinner guests this Christmas with a stylish table setting to match your show-stopping banquet. Whether you plan to go all-out on your decor with tableware that matches your theme, or if you believe that less is more, adding only a few simple touches, we’ve gathered a plethora of Christmas table decoration ideas for you to feast your eyes on this festive season.
I absolutely love this table setting as it is very simple, yet so beautifully elegant. In my opinion, sometimes with table decor, less is definitely more. The decorations not only set the table but also allow you to create a certain feeling and atmosphere in your home. For me, Christmas is a quiet time that you spend with your loved ones and I think this table reflects that feeling very well, it is so warm and inviting. I can even smell Christmas in the air just by looking at this picture! The beautiful candlelight creates a nice, warm and romantic feeling which is perfect for a nice family dinner on Christmas day.
This year I’m massively inspired by deep plum hues, so I will be looking to pair my gray linen tablecloths with sprigs of foliage with purple berries. Gray candles and blue plates create a sophisticated yet cozy palette, perfect for long hours spent unwinding around the dinner table. Clear vases keep the table from looking too cluttered, and the linen and ceramic textures work beautifully together. Dot a couple of beautiful and festive fruits on the table amongst the foliage, such as figs, berries or walnuts for interest.
We don’t do themed in our house for Christmas, we do ‘light it up and pile it high because anything goes!’ My whole family loves color and glitz, indeed my favorite color is shiny! You can imagine what our tree will look like. Nostalgia also plays a big part in our table decor, paper decorations made by the kids years ago, are still treasured and brought out year after year.
I love this festive table theme, as my sister-in-law is Swedish, so when she comes to stay at Christmas it gives a nod to her background and hopefully makes her feel less homesick. As far as the crafts on the table are concerned, I wanted simple, yet effective. As a busy mum with three small children, it can be hard to find the time or desire to get into anything too complicated, especially over the busy festive season, so everything I’ve done here can either be made with little ones, or won’t take too long on an evening/Saturday afternoon to do yourself (complete with a mince pie and glass of something – naturally). I have easy, homemade crackers, decorated biscuits, cloves in apples, plus fake moss bought cheaply from an eBay Store, plus we’ve used some retro wooden decorations too. I always get compliments on it every year!
This gorgeous festive table has a lovely modern, Scandinavian style feel while still being warm and welcoming. The generous use of foliage gives the table setting a rustic edge but also adds a touch of color and a natural texture, which contrasts well with the luxurious gold flatware and striking black plates. The pine cones add fun and playfulness to the otherwise restrained color palette.
My favorite way to decorate my festive dining table is with handmade goodies. I love to make my own crackers to match the colors of the theme, and I always personalize them for each guest with a photo on the front and a special treat inside. My color scheme always includes white – e.g. red and white striped candy canes, silver and white snowflakes etc – so that I can use my regular white crockery as a base, and simply change the color of the placemats beneath and accessories on top to get a new look each year. My finishing touches are folded napkins (I love to get creative with my napkin origami if I’ve got the time!) and fresh flowers in a low-level vase to ensure that conversation isn’t interrupted by a bouquet at eye-level.
Seeing a shot glass as part of a traditional table setting always gives me that warm fuzzy festive feeling. Let me explain… As my family is Norwegian, our Christmas family dinner involves raising a glass of Akvavit (traditional Nordic spirit) toasting each other to every few bites of German sausage, Nordic sausage and sauerkraut with a hearty “Skål!” (Translation: Cheers). For children, a nutmeg milk can be given if they want to join in. I rarely see shot glasses in the Scandi settings seen on-screen but from my personal experience there, Christmas dinner is all about toasting to family and being grateful for one another’s company – surrounded by vibrant garlands, winterberry decor and an abundance of candles.
The reason I love this image is the cozy, Christmassy feel it gives. The dark wood paneling, all the greenery and the muted color palette gives a wonderful feeling of nature and bringing the outdoors in, almost like dining in a woodland setting. I could imagine a large group of family and friends coming together and having a great time in that space – so relaxed and wonderful! Velvet, candles, antique gold decorations and greenery are key to recreating this stunning yet informal look.
Christmas is the perfect time of the year to be bold and a bit different. I love traditional Christmas table set-ups. Red, gold and blue with silver combinations always looks great, but I especially love modern styles. Modern set-ups don’t look as formal as traditional ones but they still look classy and chic. I love how this table combines foliage with Christmas decorations. The mismatched mixture of mint, gold and pastel colors is very delicate but also fun. A busy centerpiece means you don’t need much more to complete your table – perfect to enjoy your Christmas day.
When it comes to the Christmas dinner table, I like to keep it relatively food-free. After the initial ‘oohs and ahhs’ of how nice the food look, you are left with messy dishes to look at – not nice and not very Instagram. I keep all of the food on the kitchen worktops, which leaves the table for wine and decorations.
Lately, I have been favoring the foraged table look; even the least creative person can execute this, as nature has done most of the work for you with complimentary colorways and twisty stems. The trick is to be haphazard and sparse with your placement. For those who do not live in the Yorkshire hills, check your local garden center – they often give away broken Christmas tree branches for free. Also look at an inexpensive plant like ivy, even a simple bare branch found on a walk in the park can work. You can add to the table by suspending decorations from the ceiling above, giving it an extra special look without over-crowding the table.
Christmas to me is all about family. I absolutely love getting everyone around a large dinner table with mix ‘n’ match chairs, extended by the garden table and the spare room’s dressing table stool. It’s all about creating memories, connecting with your loved ones and creating conversation. The best way to decorate your table to create a cohesive, styled look and encourage this conversation with a Christmas twist is to create a continuous festive garland for your centerpiece. Use foliage and berries for texture, candlesticks for height and atmosphere, and add baubles for the Christmassy touch. The perfect statement for a festive table, without taking up too much space.
Traditionally full of cheesy jokes, plastic mustaches and paper hats, crackers are as much a part of Christmas day as the big guy himself. Instead of buying them this year I’m going to spend an afternoon crafting with my son and make our own. I don’t get to control the color explosion on the tree but I do get to control the Christmas table. It will be dressed with simple colors, no frills or tinsel and everyone will have a personalized cracker made from upcycled materials and filled with beautiful things. Or if I let my son get involved, they may be full of joke shop tricks! But either way, I’m looking forward to making my own crackers this year.
Fairy lights, faux fur throws, candlelight and fresh fruits. Combining cozy textures and fresh ingredients makes a great contrast for the Christmas dinner table setting. Pears, as seen in the image, make a great addition to a dinner setting. My other favorite fruit to add to the Christmas table is pomegranate, they can work as place card holders or simply bring different shapes and colors to the celebration. Whilst keeping everything else neutral, the textures, lights and pops of color from the fruits will stand out. A simple way to create a statement with your dinner table.
I love to bring elements from the outside to my festive table, for a touch of whimsical, fairytale magic. Layer up greenery and foliage for a divinely scented centerpiece, and wind delicate fairy lights through for added sparkle. Tie flatware together with pretty ribbon and a sprig of rosemary, and place tealights in little vintage baking tins. I love the contrast of dried Hydrangea heads with shiny mercury glass baubles, and my favorite festive tables feature faded, mismatched plates next to decadent colored glassware.
For me, Christmas is all about family and I love nothing more than how on 25th December everybody gathers around a table, forgets their differences and feasts on what is quite possibly the best meal of the year (it’s all about crispy roast potatoes right?!). The traditional dining room table can sometimes get forgotten in busy modern family life but it always comes into its own at this time of year, so getting it looking pretty just adds to the magic.