15 Christmas Table Setting Ideas | Midwest Living

15 Christmas Table Setting Ideas

Make it the happiest holiday season of all with these eye-catching twists to your table or buffet.
  • Hung with care

    For a dazzling effect, hang single-color ornaments tied with ribbon from a window near your table. 

    Improvise a tiered cakestand by placing an urn or vase upside down on a large plate and setting a smaller plate on the top.

  • Keep it simple

    Quick ideas transform ordinary crafts materials for a one-size-fits-all gathering. Super-size snowflakes cut from tissue paper layer on wintery touches. Decorate a punch bowl with drinking straws glued together to form a snowflake (cover the center with a round of craft paper).

  • Pretty platter

    For an easy DIY tablescape, decorate a serving tray with silver ornaments. Tuck in boughs of evergreen for a simple yet elegant centerpiece.

  • Woodland charm

    Line a two-tier cake stand with a forest floor of dried moss. Add a dusting of faux snow, then bring the scene to life with evergreen sprigs, pinecones, painted acorns and glass balls. Snow-white tumblers filled with sprigs and pinecones lend height and prop up reindeer cookies.

  • Glad tidings

    Line an all-white table with glass bottles filled with metallic beads or bells and topped with boxwood clippings.

  • Perfect pair

    A duo of potted lemon cypress trees get a quick dress-up with lengths of paper ribbon and Kraft paper secured with twine.

  • Light the night

    Illuminate your table with holiday warmth. Group coordinating glass pieces you already own—think votives, vases, flutes and tumblers—then pop in candles or tea lights.

  • Snow days

    Like snow globes, apothecary jars hold tiny winter wonderlands. Stand bottlebrush trees and toy deer spray-painted gold in Epsom salts "snow."

  • No-fuss festivity

    Sprigs of evergreens fill a collection of plain glass vases for clearly inspired decor.

  • Spice up seating

    Tiny touches make big impact when placed where everyone will see them. Accent chairbacks with simple bundles of fresh herbs (bay leaf, thyme, rosemary and marjoram) tied with twine and ribbon.

    Tip: This fragrant decor doubles as a party favor that guests can use to flavor their cooking. Bouquets can be made several days in advance and refrigerated.

  • Pine fresh

    Norfolk Island pines in ceramic pots make a pretty focal point when dressed with sparkly ornaments. 

  • Sparkling accents

    Curiosities such as milk starbursts grab attention in a centerpiece of pinecones and greens. Repurpose serving pieces as candleholders and tiny planters to add charming interest.

  • It's only natural

    A miniature forest of eucalyptus pods, cedar tips and moss suits the natural tone set by a pine table. For a hint of color, consider swapping the wooden candleholders for red ones and the milk glass balls for pomegranates. 

  • Seeing red

    Faux branches of crimson berries and a candleholder pop on this kitchen island. A 4-foot Norfolk Island pine suits the lofty space. Wrapping the base of the pot with burlap secured with twine imparts a rustic touch that contrasts with the sleek counters. Rosy apples around the top echo the other reds in the room.

  • Branch out

    Need something above your buffet? Hang Christmas cards, embellished tags and ornaments from a single evergreen branch tacked to the wall.

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