Setting the Table for Christmas

Do you have a houseful of family coming for Christmas breakfast? What about an intimate holiday dinner planned for your closest friends? While the food you serve may take top priority, where you serve it can be important, too—and lots of fun to put together. The following ideas cover a range of Christmas decorating styles and are pretty easy to do—even if it’s done at the last minute.

A Classic Christmas Table

Shades of red, sprigs of holly, sparkles of gold—these are the elements of all things traditional for the season, and they are the perfect way to set your table for Christmas Day, whether you’re serving breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Start with china featuring classic motifs such as trees, holly, bells, or even Santa Claus. Choose a complimentary color from the pattern sticking with classics like red, green, or gold. Let this color be the backdrop on a tablecloth or other linens. Set the table adding flatware, glasses, and napkins. For a centerpiece, stay on the traditional route and place candles of varying heights surrounded by holly on a round table. Another option? Try small tabletop trees accented with pretty ribbon running down the middle of a long table.

White Christmas Table

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, then this is the look for you. Like freshly fallen snow, a pure white tablecloth gives a clean, crisp look to the table. Special touches like damask or lace really dress it up for a formal dinner. To keep with the winter wonderland decorating theme, think sparkle. White china trimmed in gold or silver, crystal glassware, and fancy flatware give elegance to this look. Finish the table with fresh flowers. Amaryllis, roses, poinsettias—all white, of course—are great options.

The Untraditional Table

Not all tables have to be set so formally. Give these ideas a try for a casual get-together. Instead of a tablecloth, use a favorite throw to set the scene for your tablescape. It will get guests talking, and when the meal is done, just throw it in the wash for quick clean up. For a fun centerpiece, all you need are ornaments. Fill a glass pedestal cake stand with ornaments and hang few from the light fixture above the table for unique spin on a centerpiece. You can use all one color, or mix it to match the rest of your décor. Another easy way to think outside the holiday box is with unexpected color. Instead of classic red and green, what about hot pink and lime? Still the same color families, but lots more fun. Use them as accents or go all out with artificial trees, whimsical ornaments, and feather wreaths.

When it’s your time to play host, let any of these looks display your holiday meal with festive style.

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