15 Christmas Table Setting Ideas
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).
For an easy DIY tablescape, decorate a serving tray with silver ornaments. Tuck in boughs of evergreen for a simple yet elegant centerpiece.
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.
Line an all-white table with glass bottles filled with metallic beads or bells and topped with boxwood clippings.
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.
Like snow globes, apothecary jars hold tiny winter wonderlands. Stand bottlebrush trees and toy deer spray-painted gold in Epsom salts "snow."
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.
Norfolk Island pines in ceramic pots make a pretty focal point when dressed with sparkly ornaments.
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.
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.
Need something above your buffet? Hang Christmas cards, embellished tags and ornaments from a single evergreen branch tacked to the wall.