Christmas Tablescape Ideas

The holidays are all about entertaining and if you’re planning a holiday feast this Christmas, the table should be as memorable as the menu. Whether you’re planning a tablescape for two or hosting an intimate dinner party, setting the scene for a celebratory night can be simplified with a few key ingredients. Here you’ll find stunning Christmas tablescape ideas – from Christmas centerpieces to how to layer linen, serving ware, table decor, and textiles. When it comes to the holiday season, taking time to create a beautiful environment makes all the difference in the experience of gathering.

For further posts on Christmas Decorating Ideas: 
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Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas
Rustic Christmas Decorating Ideas for 2022
10 Beautiful Farmhouse Christmas Wreaths

How to Create a Beautiful Christmas Tablescape

Choose a Color Theme

Lay the foundation of your Christmas tablescape by choosing a color theme. Red, green and white are the traditional choice of color – but here the sky is the limit. From warm earth tones to jeweled hues, anything goes with holiday tablescape design. Find inspiration for a color palette from Christmas tree decorations you already have on hand, browsing through images and taking cues from nature. 

Choose a Christmas Color Palette
Choose a Christmas Color Palette
Rustic Holiday Tablescape Ideas
Rustic Holiday Tablescape Ideas
Rustic Holiday Tablescape Ideas

A Rustic Christmas Tablescape with Evergreen Branches, Oranges & Linen Table Runner
Image courtesy of Blesser House Blog

Lauren of the Blesser House Blog suggests adding evergreen branches (cedar, pine, hemlock or spruce) with winter berry clusters, in-season fruit (oranges, pomegranates, cranberries, figs or pears) with taper candle holders and a simple linen striped table runner. She lays the evergreen branches in different directions for interest, letting nature do its work. Berry branches are tucked throughout the branches to provide pops of color. The fruit is randomly staggered out to fill in any remaining gaps. A sprig of rosemary on each plate adds the finishing touch.

Bring the Outdoors in to Set the Scene

Elevate your Christmas tablescape with the addition of fragrant cedar branches, eucalyptus, mistle toe stems and pinecones. Build your palette with greenery or foraged pieces from your surroundings to create a natural warm welcoming for your guests. There are so many unique ways to incorporate greenery into a holiday tablescape – from incorporating branches into the centerpiece to enhancing an overhead chandelier. Be sure to select pieces with a variety of shapes and textures as well as tones to create interest and dimension.

Rustic Tablescape Ideas
Rustic Tablescape Ideas

A Rustic Holiday Tablescape with Copper, Brass & Red Pears
Image courtesy of Ella Claire Inspired

This gorgeous rustic holiday tablescape combines copper, brass, candlelight, twinkle lights, white hydrangeas, red pears and green cloth napkins. Ella recommends starting with a runner or table square then add a centerpiece followed by layering place settings with charger, plates, napkins and flatware.  She likes to add a little something special at each place setting, such as an ornament, gift, printable or ribbon. Pretty glasses and candlelight are the finishing touch.

How to Decorate a Christmas Table

Beautifully Designed Rustic Christmas Tablescape
Image courtesy of McGee & Co

Add Plaid Accents

Nothing says Christmas like a few plaid accents. There are abundant different ways to bring plaid to the mix, from pretty plaid table runners and tablecloths to napkins and classic tartan dinnerware. Timeless, festive, and inviting – plaid is perfect for the holidays. It is easy to bring holiday cheer into the dining room with a blend of classic tartan, buffalo, and gingham check patterns in bright holiday colors. Plaids look lovely layered and also work well with solid colors and other patterns.

Christmas Tablescape Ideas
Christmas Tablescape Ideas

Traditional Christmas Tablescape
Image courtesy of Craftberry Bush

Lucy of the Craftberry Bush Blog created a stunning traditional Christmas tablescape by contrasting crisp white with plaid napkins.  Added to the mix are mini battery operated string lights, satin ribbon to tie the cutlery, and a deer antler as a rustic centerpiece.

Add Centerpieces to Create a Focal Point

A centerpiece creates the perfect focal point for a Christmas tablescape and ties the color scheme together. Fresh cut roses and tulips, magnolia leaves, evergreen stems, pine cones, and berries all bring in color, texture, and delightful fragrance.

Plaid Christmas Tablescape
Plaid Christmas Tablescape

Traditional Farmhouse Christmas Tablescape
Image courtesy of My Texas House

The theme for this tablescape was intended to be a twist on traditional with a little dramatic and moody flair. Erin of My Texas House Blog used a traditional red and green color scheme but added dark plates to add a touch of glamour. Erin added faux red roses and magnolia stems to a faux garland as well as hurricane glasses with candles inside. A touch of plaid brings the design to life.

Incorporate Fruit

Fruit is the perfect choice to add a vibrant splash of color and fragrance to the table. Oranges, pomegranates, cranberries and fresh grocery store greenery go hand-in-hand in creating a festive tablescape full of organic charm.

Christmas Centerpiece Ideas | Incorporate Fruit

Christmas Centerpiece with Evergreen Branches, Oranges, Cranberries & Pomegranates
Image courtesy of Blesser House Blog

A simple, yet stunning Christmas centerpiece made with fresh and dried fruit, evergreen branches and glowing candle light.

Christmas Centerpiece Ideas | Incorporate Fruit

Christmas Centerpiece with Artichokes, Pomegranates, Berries and Greenery
Image courtesy of Unsplash

In the Christmas tablescape above, artichokes, pomegranates, fresh grocery store greenery, and candles create a festive centerpiece.

Layer in Linen & Textiles

Ground the table with beautiful table cloths, placemats, and napkins to bring in color, pattern, and texture.

Set the Table with Pretty Serve Ware

Christmas is the perfect time to bring out your favorite dinnerware and serving pieces such as pitchers, trays, and breadboards.

Elegant Green & Gold Tablescape
Elegant Green & Gold Tablescape

Elegant Green & Gold Tablescape
Image courtesy of Home with Holliday

An elegant green and gold Christmas tablescape created by Holly Johnson an Interior Designer and creator of the Home with Holiday Blog. For this tablescape, Holly chose a color palette based on the decorations she created in her dining room.  The table was designed using Lenox Tuxedo China and green organza napkins. To keep the place setting simple, Holly chose a monochromatic palette using gold stemware and gold flatware.

Add Vertical Elements 

Create vertical interest with floral arrangements and tapered candles.  

Christmas Centerpiece with Roses
Christmas Centerpiece with Roses

Stunning Christmas Centerpiece & Garland with Roses
Image courtesy of JoPhoto Online

This stunning Christmas tablescape was photographed by JoPhoto at the Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm. Floral design was by L.B. Floral.

Incorporate Details + Accessories 

Details provide the finishing touch that makes a Christmas tablescape look polished and complete. Thoughtful details such as napkin rings, ribbon, stationary, candles, and personal elements create a celebratory feeling that makes a guest feel welcome. Be sure to add a few festive touches to surrounding furniture such as hutches and cabinets to create a cohesive feel.  

Christmas Tablescape Ideas | Incorporate Details & Accessories
Christmas Tablescape Ideas | Incorporate Details & Accessories
Christmas Tablescape Ideas | Incorporate Details & Accessories

Elegant Silver & Green Christmas Tablescape
Image courtesy of Randi Garrett Design

White & Gold Christmas Tablescape

White and Gold Christmas Tablescape

Elegant Evergreen Christmas Tablescape
Image courtesy of Zeva Joy

An elegant evergreen Christmas Tablescape designed by Zeva Joy with gold chargers, white plates, linen textiles and a combination of faux and fresh evergreen stems. She threw in fresh lilies in white and rich purple and a few brown and green magnolia leaves to complete the look.

White and Gold Christmas Tablescape

White & Gold Christamas Tablescape
Image courtesy of Craftberry Bush

Lucy of Craftberry Bush designed an elegant and sophisticated white and gold tablescape with a white fur throw tablecloth and a centerpiece made with tulips, thistle, berries and faux juniper and magnolias. Votives scattered over the tabletop add glamor and sparkle.

Farmhouse Christmas Tablescape Ideas

Create a farmhouse Christmas tablescape by incorporating a simple color palette with natural materials such as cotton or linen that bring a casual vibe to the table. Add a few rustic details such as farmhouse flowers and subtle earth tones.

Farrmhouse Christmas Tablescape Ideas
Farrmhouse Christmas Tablescape Ideas

Elegant Silver & Gold Farmhouse Christmas Tablescape
Image courtesy of Holly Jolley

Holly’s elegant silver and gold Christmas tablescape was created using a wintery garland centerpiece with artificial cedar branches, frosted pine branches, frosted eucalyptus, mistletoe stems with white berries and painted pine cone picks. She then added frosted white peonies to fill in any holes. This was done entirely with artificial flowers and greenery.  She then added Lenox Wintery Woods Tree Figurines and a few gold candlesticks.

Christmas Brunch Tablescape
Christmas Brunch Tablescape

Farmhouse Christmas Brunch Tablescape
Image courtesy of Sugar & Charm

Eden of the Sugar & Charm blog created a lovely Farmhouse Christmas brunch tablescape using a mix of classic, white enameled plates and cups, wooden utensils and a crystal glass to set the table.  For the color scheme, she integrated traditional red, white and green Christmas colors and added in brass and gold accents. Holly leaves were attached to napkin rings as well as a festive, nature-inspired garland table runner.

Rustic Christmas Tablescape Ideas

Rustic style is all about bringing in natural details and organic elements. For a truly cozy and inviting rustic Christmas tablescape include accessories such as wooden charges, greenery, pine cones, and warm earthy tones.

Rustic Christmas Table Ideas
Rustic Christmas Table Ideas

Rustic Christmas Tablescape with Rough-Edge Chargers
Image courtesy of Michelle Leo Events

This rustic Christmas tabletop design consists of a fresh green garland, pinecones, and an array of candles, along with all natural wood chargers, detailed flatware, and a fun, hand-chalked menu with a deer for a whimsical touch. The napkins were tied with fresh greens and cinnamon sticks.

Easy Christmas Tablescape Ideas

It’s easy to create a simple DIY Christmas tablescape by creating a centerpiece with minimal elements. A few branches, fresh fruit, and candles can instantly elevate the look of a table with little cost or effort.

Easy Christmas Tablescape Ideas
Easy Christmas Tablescape Ideas

Easy Christmas Tablescape with Eucalyptus Greens
Image courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest created a simple and elegant Christmas tablescape as well as a fabulous Christmas dinner menu.  For the tablescape, Tieghan used eucalyptus greens, pomegranates and a few ornaments for a festive touch.  She used simple brushed white plates, gold flatware natural linens, velvet ribbon and homemade ginger bread cookie name tags.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on Christmas Tablescape Ideas! For further Christmas decorating ideas, please check out the following posts:
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Rustic Christmas Home Tour
Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas
Rustic Christmas Decorating Ideas for 2022

 

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