Elaine is an avid crafter who enjoys celebrating holidays with beautiful DIY decorations and gifts.
Make a Merry Christmas Tablescape
Have fun dressing up your table for the festive season by adding bursts of greenery, warm plaids, and even bottlebrush trees. After all, you've worked hard to cook a special feast for your guests, so it's important that your table looks great, too!
You can choose a traditional red and gold color scheme or a striking palette of black and white. Make interesting centerpieces from trays bedecked with deer and baubles, or go for a fun candy cane theme that kids will adore. Check out the photos below for inspiration!
Gold and Red Baubles
If you have lots of red and gold baubles, then this is the idea for you. You can bring in some branches from the yard and hang ornaments all over them. Place mini baubles into wine glasses to mirror the centerpiece. Choose red and gold table linens and dinnerware to match, if you have it!
Red Truck With Christmas Trees
Make an interesting display by filling a tray with bottlebrush trees, and add a vintage red truck to really bring the piece together. Place one tree in the back of the truck so it looks like it was freshly cut down. All of your guests will enjoy this festive scene, and it will definitely be a conversation-starter all season long.
For a cozy-looking setup, use a plaid table runner and place a wood slice in the center. Add mini trees in tin pails, plus pinecones to give it a forest feel. Finally, add a candle in a mini lantern to make it glow.
Red Charger Plates
Dress up your table with stunning red charger plates. Accent the display with gold details wherever you can; for example, you can include Ferrero Rocher sweets on each plate, since they're wrapped in gold foil! Place a large vase filled with branches in the center, and hang red ornaments from the limbs.
Silver and Red With Faux Berries
Make your table shine brightly by crafting (or buying) wreaths made from silver baubles. Place them around your candleholders to reflect the warmth and glow of the burning candles. For a centerpiece, fill a silver vase with sprays of shiny red faux berries. String silver beads from the light fixture for even more sparkle!
Candy Cane Stripes
For a sweet setup, take inspiration from the classic candy cane. Using a red and white theme really helps to keep things simple! Lace a white flower arrangement with strands of red beads for a touch of elegance. Make little favors out of mini jars filled with cocoa powder, and stick mini candy canes to the sides. Place these on top of the plates for guests to take home with them.
Red Plaid With Blue Accents
Use a tartan runner to dress up your dining table for the holidays. Offset this with blue and white patterned plates and plain red napkins. Place a bouquet of red flowers in the center, and dot some blue candles down the length of the runner. If you have gold silverware, it looks amazing with this color scheme!
Red Bauble Centerpiece
Make whimsical centerpieces out of shiny, glittery red baubles! Here's the secret: The baubles are glued to a big Styrofoam ball placed in a vase, making it look like there are a lot more of them than there actually are. Use hot glue to attach the mini baubles to the foam. Instead of going for an all-red color scheme, you could use several different colors, like red and white, red and green, or gold and silver.
Add some festive fun with these little peppermint topiaries for your table! They make a great last-minute centerpiece, and they are super easy to make. Kids love getting involved in this craft, too. Here's how to do it!
- 4″ Styrofoam balls (one per topiary)
- Bag of peppermint candies
- Hot glue gun
- Thin dowels
- Little boxes, flower pots, or pails to use as the bases
- Floral foam
- Something to weigh down the bases, if needed (rocks, marbles, glass table scatter, etc.)
- White ribbon
- Other decorations (optional)
- Stick a dowel into each Styrofoam ball, creating a "lollipop" shape.
- Cut a piece of floral foam to fit in the bottom of each base.
- Stick each "lollipop" into the base; the foam should hold it securely.
- Check the balance of the topiary. If it seems tippy, add weight inside the base.
- Using a hot glue gun, attach peppermint candies all over the Styrofoam ball.
- When the glue dries, tie a white ribbon right under the ball.
- Add other decorations, if you like! For example, in the photo above, the crafter used cotton balls to create fake snow on top of the base.
Bottles of Fresh Greenery
For inspired candleholders, add fresh greenery to bottles of water. Place a real or LED candle in the mouth of each bottle. If you want to make them look even more festive for Christmas, add some pinecones to the display. These would actually make great candleholders for any event and for any time of year!
Tray With Greenery and Candles
Add evergreen boughs (real or fake) to a tray to make this wonderful piece. Place some candles in wide-mouthed glass jars, and tuck pinecones in between the greenery. Try adding accents like a sparkly gold deer and some gold baubles.
Candles in Flower Pots
Use mini terracotta pots to make these fun candleholders! Decorate them with winter berries and little pinecones, as well as some greenery. If you're lucky, you can harvest these items from your backyard; if not, purchase fake ones at the craft store. These would look great as table décor for a winter wedding!
Glass Filled With Berries
To recreate this idea, fill a vase half-full with water and some cranberries. Put a candle in the vase, then place the vase on top of a wood slice. Adorn it with some festive greenery around the edges and sprigs of baby's breath.
Black and White
Create an elegant tablescape by using just two colors: black and white. Spray paint some pinecones white to create a snowy look. You can purchase black and white plaid ribbon to place over some crisp white napkins. Complete the look with flocked mini trees, white candles, and white winter berries.
Vintage Plates and Tartan
Create a vintage vibe with old-fashioned plates decorated with Christmas trees. Set the scene with a tartan tablecloth, and enhance the charm with gold goblets. You can add plenty of red candles for a warming effect. If you have some retro drinkware, like the green Whitehall glasses shown in the photo above, use that as well!
Wine Glasses and Silver Candles
In a pinch, you can turn wine glasses into candleholders—just flip them upside-down! The best thing about this idea is that you can tuck decorative objects into the bell of the wine glass. In this photo, the crafter has paired glittery white stars with rose-gold baubles and flocked pinecones inside the wine glasses and on the tray. Glitter-traced silver candles complete the look.
Christmas Planter With Light-Up Branches
This idea looks lovely as a table centerpiece, but it's equally nice on a side table or placed on a low shelf. Paint a planter box white and fill it with faux evergreen boughs, poinsettias (red or—for a more dramatic look—white), colorful ornaments, and white light-up branches. Dangle a few baubles from the branches to draw the eye upwards.
Rustic Branch Centerpiece With Jute Star
To create this outdoorsy centerpiece, purchase a grapevine wreath and some wooden stars. Fill the wreath with greenery and pinecones, and nestle the stars among the evergreens. You can either buy a large star made from jute or make your own (lay out jute rope in a star pattern on a piece of parchment paper, and cover it with white glue so that it dries stiff). Twine fairy lights around the star and place it in the middle of the wreath.
More Holiday Table Setting Ideas
Scroll through the inspiration gallery below to see even more beautiful ideas for decorating your table for Christmas! From baubles and candles to faux flowers and glittery pinecones, these tablescapes are so festive and creative.
A Gorgeous Table Arrangement Makes Christmas Dinner Even Better
I hope you've found the perfect idea for your holiday table décor this year. If you're still not sure what to do, then start with a festive fabric runner that matches your dishes. Lay out some simple white candles, then go to the craft store or the dollar store to look for other holiday items to add! Whatever you create will be uniquely beautiful and uniquely yours. Happy holidays, and happy feasting at your table!
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