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5 Christmas Table Ideas | A Winter Wonderland to WOW Your Guests

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Christmas Table Decor

This Christmas, why not take your table decorations to the next level? Whether you are hosting a Christmas dinner for the family or throwing an extravagant gathering for friends and neighbors, there are plenty of Christmas table ideas to ensure that your dining room decor is truly one-of-a-kind. Mod Daily’s table setting ideas will enchant your guests with cheery centerpieces, festive place settings, and stunning candlelight. So get ready to deck the halls and enjoy quality time with those you love! [Read: How to Turn Your Dining Room into Coastal Retreat]

Holiday Season Planning is Essential

As the holidays approach, many of us begin to feel the pressure of hosting large gatherings. Between preparing the food, decorating the house, and entertaining guests, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. However, you can take a few simple steps to reduce stress and enjoy Christmas. [Read: Anthropologie Holiday Gift Guide]

Christmas Table Ideas

First, it’s essential to plan ahead and delegate tasks – this will help ensure that everything gets done on time. Second, don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends and family. They’ll be happy (we hope) to pitch in and make your holiday gathering a success.

Embrace the Beauty

Finally, take some time for yourself. Whether taking a relaxing bath or taking a walk in nature, make sure to schedule some time to relax and recharge. By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to reduce stress and actually enjoy the holidays.

Some of the most memorable scents are associated with the holiday season. Whether it's the smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree or the aroma of cookies baking in the oven, these scents are sure to get you in the holiday spirit! - Gigi Day

How Can I Make my Christmas Table Look Nice?

Ideally, the holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends, and your home reflects the season’s joy. Fortunately, Mod Daily is here to help you get into the holiday spirit with design tips and decorating ideas. From delightful mantelpieces to chic holiday table settings, we’ve got everything you need to make your home look its best this holiday season.

No matter what your holiday table looks like, a few essential steps will help you reduce stress and enjoy the wintry season. If you’re hosting a large gathering, it’s ideal to plan ahead and create a more enjoyable experience for everyone. Here are a few tips to help you get started. [Read: Smart Furniture Tips]

Christmas Table Setting

Think about your overall aesthetic. What kind of vibe do you want to create? A warm and inviting atmosphere? A light-hearted and fun atmosphere? Once you’ve decided on the ambiance, choosing specific elements like table linens, centerpieces, and place settings will be easier.

Choose a color scheme. This will be one of the most essential factors in creating a cohesive look. If you’re stuck, try looking for inspiration in nature or your favorite holiday decorations. [Try my grandmother’s Italian cookie recipe and decorate to match your holiday theme]

Table Decor

Think about what kind of meal you’ll be serving. Will it be a sit-down dinner or a buffet? Will there be multiple courses? Once you’ve planned all the big-picture details, it’s time to start thinking about the little things that will make your table special. What kind of napkins will you use? What about charger plates or place cards? And don’t forget the finishing touches – candles, candle holders, greenery, and the warm glow of string lights to take your table from ordinary to extraordinary.

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to start planning your holiday table. Happy decorating!

Christmas Table Ideas

How should I arrange my dining room table for Christmas?

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White Christmas Ideas

Holiday entertaining is all about making your home feel cozy and inviting and one of the easiest ways to do that is with your table decor. Instead of opting for the traditional red and green color scheme, try something unexpected like all-white. It will instantly make your dining room feel more refined and elegant.

A Winter Wonderland theme is one of the most popular white Christmas concepts, and it’s easy to see why. The classic combination of whites and blues evokes the image of a snow-covered landscape (04). In contrast, glistening flameless candles placed in silver or gold candle holders and a sparkling crystal and metal light fixture (07) create an enchanting atmosphere.

DIY Christmas Dining Table

All of the gorgeous furnishings and accessories in this vision board are available at Alchemy Fine Home.
The perfect tabletop decor can inspire a celebration & make an evening extra special! Gigi Day

Christmas in California

How is Christmas celebrated in California?

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Christmas Table Decorations

Christmas table ideas for anyone living in warmer climates can mean something other than pine trees and snow. Instead, embrace the sunny weather with bright colors and cheerful touches like beach ornaments, sand-filled glass hurricanes, and faux palm trees. Place starfish throughout your table setting for a colorful accent that will delight your guests.

Christmas Centerpiece

Welcome guests with a sun-inspired centerpiece made from brightly colored flowers like yellow roses and purple hydrangeas arranged in a tall glass vase. Surround the centerpiece with glass hurricanes filled with sea shells, eucalyptus leaves, or yummy holiday treats like peppermint bark. To complete the look, add tropical foliage garland, such as banana leaves or faux palm leaves, around the base of each glass hurricane. [Read: Turn Your Bedroom into an Hawaiian Getaway]

Fresh Greenery

As the evening continues, keep your guests entertained by offering them a signature gold leaf martini or mocktails with sunny ingredients like fresh fruit, pineapple juice, and coconut cream. With these warm-climate Christmas table ideas and a little fresh greenery, you can turn your home into a tropical paradise this holiday season!

The smell of a burning fireplace is so comforting and relaxing; it's like a big hug on a cold winter night. Gigi Day

Christmas Table Settings for Children

How to make your little ones feel special when sitting at the children’s table?

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Tablescape for Christmas

Create a festive holiday children’s table for little ones with 2Modern’s Oeuf play table (10 not shown). Transform a table and chairs (11) into something magical with sparkly stars and an illuminated tree as a table centerpiece. Create cheerful place settings for each guest with colorful plates, patterned napkins, bottle brush trees and custom-made name tags.

Candy Cane & Jingle Bells

For added excitement, offer a selection of arts and crafts activities like decorating paper stockings or making homemade snow globes. Alternatively, consider creating a magical Christmas village. Serve classic Christmas treats like candy canes, gingerbread cookies, and hot chocolate with marshmallows for even more holiday cheer!

A Llama Party & Bottle Brush Trees

For kids who love animals, a llama kids’ holiday table theme is sure to be a hit! Start with a colorful llama-print tablecloth or table runner. Place llama themed plates, bowls, cups and bottle brush trees in the center of the table for kids to enjoy. Gift bags to take home can include a children’s apron with an adorable llama as a reminder of the special day.

Christmas Table Ideas

Add creative touches with llama-shaped fidget toys and festive llama-themed decorations like hanging ornaments, garlands, and balloons. Let kids create their own place card with llama stickers and finish off the kids’ holiday table with a few Meri Meri Hugo Llama llama soft toys from Amara (13) for kids to snuggle.

DIY Christmas Table: Think safety when decorating your children’s Christmas table. For example, use battery operated lighting or flameless candles – essentially use a table setting that is safe for the youngest child at the table.

DIY Christmas

Time permitting, invite your little to help bake llama-shaped cupcakes a couple of days before the holiday. And encourage them to select the tableware to encourage creativity and excitement.

With this cheerful holiday atmosphere, your little ones won’t want to leave the table! With a little bit of creativity, you can make your child feel special while making sure they’re part of the celebration. Parent / caregiver tip: Have your young child bake with you the day of your party with an adorable cake mixer set (12).

Lori Mitchell’s Angel Gabriella and Bundled Up Brenna are the perfect addition to your children’s table!

A Romantic Chinoiserie Christmas Table

Place an array of glass vases with poinsettias and add a few candles for a peaceful atmosphere.

Christmas table setting: Place a few books filled with chinoiserie designs around the mantle and accent it with a white floral bowl.

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Christmas Dining Room

Bring a touch of Chinoiserie (14) and poinsettias for a festive Christmas setting! Start by choosing white plates and chargers with an intricate pattern of blue accents. Bring out the white and blue palette further with tealight holders, each embossed with a white floral and butterfly motif. Place tall white or red candles in the center of the dining room table for a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Poinsettias & Pinecones

Scatter festive red poinsettias around the centerpiece or arrange them in classic glass vases along the length of the table for an elegant look. You can also hang decorations from above (15), like white snowflakes; this will give you that special wintery feeling without taking away from any other elements of the white and blue chinoiserie theme.

Christmas Table Ideas

Add white napkins with white lace trim for a touch of luxury, or use white and blue patterned napkins for a more classic look. Add red ribbon to wine glasses or champagne flutes to add a festive touch. Finally, complete the look with a white flocked Christmas tree centerpiece decorated with Chinoiserie ornaments. The poinsettias will make a wonderful keepsake to remind your guests of your memorable Christmas party.

The Chinoiserie Mantle

Choose paintings, prints, and vases with a Chinoiserie theme to hang or place on your mantle. To create a symmetrical look, hang two pictures on each side of the mantle and adorn them with garlands or other festive decor items like poinsettia wreaths or a small Christmas tree.

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Christmas Simmer Pot

This holiday season, fill your home with the comforting aromas of oranges, cinnamon, and cloves in a Christmas Simmer Pot. Not only will your home smell amazing, but you’ll also have a lovely holiday decoration for your kitchen counter.  It’ll fill your friends and family with comfort and coziness.

Memories-in-the-Making Christmas Simmer Pot Recipe

Make a holiday simmer pot by adding the following ingredients to a pot (Dutch oven): a sliced orange, 2-3 cinnamon sticks, 1 teaspoon whole cloves and two sprigs of rosemary. Add room temperature water to cover the ingredients and simmer. Check periodically and as the water evaporates, replace with more water.

Cast Iron Dutch Oven

The Staub 5.5 qt Cocotte Dutch Oven is a versatile and durable kitchen staple perfect for everyday cooking and entertaining. The 5.5 qt size is ideal for multiple servings, and the Basil, Cherry, White, Turquoise, and Dark Blue color options add a touch of personality to any kitchen décor.

Christmas Table Ideas – Your Christmas Dinner Checklist

  1. Write your guest list to determine the place setting. Will you need a children’s table? Additional folding tables and chairs?
  2. Choose your holiday decor theme, Christmas table decorations, linens including a white runner, place cards, extra napkins and holders.
  3. Create a decorating shopping list and include bottle brush trees, hot glue and gun, table decor. Shop early and don’t forget the tree!
  4. Purchasing a little something special to wear to your party? Great! Set aside everything you will be wearing including accessories, etc. Do this days in advance for peace of mind.
  5. Invite guests well in advance and confirm the week before.
  6. Will guests be staying with you? If yes, read our post.
  7. Create your holiday dinner menu and read up on food safety tips for cooking at Christmas.
  8. Create your dinner and dessert shopping list.
  9. Create your cookware, bakeware, kitchen tools (meat thermometer) and serving ware checklist.
  10. Be sure to have plenty of Ziploc bags, heavy duty tin foil and storage containers of varying sizes on hand.
  11. Purchase equipment, staples and frozen items well in advance.
  12. Create a timeline for the dinner preparation.
  13. Determine what dishes, sauces and desserts can be made in advance.
  14. Purchase dinner & dessert goods, greenery, red and white flowers and any additional floral arrangements.
  15. Set the table the day before your party, including the Christmas centerpiece and garland for a lively tablescape.
  16. Rely on #9 and #10 for a low pressure meal preparation.
The talented team at the Ritz Carlton assembles a life-size gingerbread house.

Extra Festive – So Glad You Could Join Us Today!

We hope our Christmas table ideas provide some inspiration for your upcoming celebrations. Whether you choose a classic holiday, simple Christmas or opt for something sunny and fun, the options are truly endless. From an all-white wintry wonderland to sunny California-style decor, use these ideas as inspiration to help make your holiday table shine!

From our house to yours – may this holiday be full of joy, laughter, and unforgettable memories. 🎉🎊😃❤️😍❄️🎁

Shine bright,

The Mod Daily Team

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2 COMMENTS

  1. What a beautiful post, Gigi, full of gorgeous ideas for christmas decorating. I can’t decide between any of them right now, except I know – for me – I want to keep Christmas very simple this year, so I love the idea of using natural, biophilic elements and the things that hold so many wonderful memories in my life.

    • Thank you Leslie! I agree with you – the simple things in life are often the most meaningful. Glad you had a chance to view post. I’ve had a wonderful mentor through the years❤️

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Gigi Day is a designer and writer. Her blog, The Mod Daily, is full of life-enhancing home décor, lifestyle tips, and advice to optimize life at home.

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