Festive Ideas for Decorating the Holiday Table

Festive dining room adorned with red and white Christmas decorations.

The days of family gatherings and joyful hustle and bustle are upon us. Here are some inspiring ideas for decorating your holiday table to get you in the spirit.

Festive Christmas table setting with gingerbread trees.
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Festive Christmas table setting with red apples and pine cones.

A themed table is a fun way to decorate your holiday table. If you have a holiday collection, such as nutcrackers, angels or snowmen, you can incorporate these into your table décor.  Use items from a collection in the centerpiece and set smaller items at each place setting.

Festive Christmas table setting with silverware and decorations.
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A festive Christmas table setting featuring cranberries and greenery.

For a simple theme decorate in a particular color or combination of colors, such as red and white or gold and silver. The classic red and white color scheme can be casual and fun, where the gold and silver color scheme can be elegant.  Use candles and ornaments to bring depth and interest to the table.

Festive Christmas table setting with gold ornaments and greenery.

Four festive napkins adorned with cinnamon sticks and star anise.

Greenery plays a large part in the holiday table. Fresh pine sprays and sprigs of holly give your table a natural boost of color and texture.  Use sprigs of pine and holly to accent napkin rings and place settings.  Tie natural pieces together with a ribbon and hang from the backs of dining chairs for a festive look.

A festive glass vase filled with oranges and berries for decorating the holiday table.
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A plate with festive decorations on it.

Fruit is an inexpensive and colorful way to approach holiday table decorating. The pineapple is the symbol of welcome and makes a wonderful centerpiece.  Oranges can be easily peeled in creative designs and accented with whole cloves.  Arrange the orange peels around the fruit for a little something extra.

Festive Christmas table setting with blue and green decorations.

Festive Christmas stockings hanging on chairs in a dining room.
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Decorate the dining chairs with ribbons, miniature wreaths or stockings. You can even put your guest’s names on the stockings as an alternative to place cards and tuck a small gift inside for an unexpected surprise.

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Three festive glass vases with ornaments as holiday table decorations.

A festive holiday centerpiece with red ornaments and a candle on a silver plate.

There are various ways to create unique holiday table decorations. Place ornaments in glass jars and pretty bowls to create festive centerpieces. Turn wineglasses upside down and use as candle holders.  Decorate with potted amaryllis.  Layer nuts and fresh cranberries in glass candleholders or decorative jars for a natural appeal.

Three festive vases of cranberries on a table.

Festive tray with candles and flowers for decorating the holiday table.
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Bringing together family and friends at the holiday table is one of the pleasures of the season. Show off your holiday spirit with a festive table using a variety of elements, from ornaments and collections to fresh fruit and pine clippings.  So, ready, set….decorate!

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