Christmas Table Settings

It’s Christmas week and the countdown to the big mans arrival is in full flow. I’ve no doubt that by now you’ve all your presents purchased, wrapped and sitting pretty under the tree, and all you have left to do is sit back and relax until the day arrives! Yeah right, if only life was that kind 😜

One job we can’t do until the last-minute is setting the table for dinner. The Christmas table is the pièce de résistance of every Domestic Goddess. It’s where the stage is set to showcase all the hard work and preparation that went into the feast.

There are plenty of options when deciding on the theme for your Christmas table setting, modern, formal, relaxed, Victorian, rustic, etc. For maximum impact, pick a theme and colour scheme and run with it.

Simply Traditional

This was our Christmas table last year. I kept it very simple with a crisp white table-cloth and used red and gold accents as the backdrop. I made bows for the napkins from some gold organza ribbon and placed some faux berries on the plate alongside. A centrepiece of fresh flowers and some candles and I was done.

christmas table settings

Sophisticated White

For a sophisticated and chic formal setting, stick to white linen with subtle silver detailing. Image from House to Home

christmas table settings

Rustic Wonderland

Bring nature indoors with a rustic setting on your table. If you’re feeling particularly creative you could take a stroll in the countryside and gather some pine cones, greenery, holly, fir-tree branches etc and collect your own.

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Image source Digs Digs

It’s the Little Things

The devil is in the detail and it’s the details on your table which will add drama and personalise your arrangement.


Repetition is a great way to create a visual impact such as these vases filled with cranberries and greenery from Finding Home Farms which have a very dramatic effect.

Christmas table settings

Light It Up

The soft glow of candlelight on a dining table is hard to beat especially if you sit down for dinner as the daylight fades. Pile tea-lights and candles of different heights and sizes on the table for a sparkling glam affair.

Christmas table settings

Image source Pinterest


Who doesn’t love The Ambassador’s favourite nibble at Christmastime. I love this idea from Valentina Alexandra it’s simple and yet stunning.

Christmas table settings

Glam Up The Seating

I love this idea from House to Home. Dress up your dining chairs with colourful scarves for an instant update this Christmas. Choose two complementary shades that match your scheme and tie around the chair backs for instant glamour. Finish with festive baubles.
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I hope this post gives you some inspiration for your big banquet!

About Karen

My name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.

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  1. Your table arrangement is stunning and this looks like such a romantic setting to spend Christmas. I also love that you built the table and that plywood tree you made is also such a fun detail!

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