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35 Elegant Christmas Table Setting Ideas

You won't believe what a difference a fir branch and holiday ribbon can make.
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In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, we've rounded up sophisticated table setting ideas to inspire your holiday dinner table.

FESTIVE NAPKINS


A little origami napkin-work can add an instant dose of holiday cheer (even if you left decorating the table until the last minute.)

BUY NOW Classic Napkins, $36 for a set of four

HAVE A BLUE CHRISTMAS


Craving something different from the traditional red, gold, and green? How about a pretty blue and silver palette for a more serene holiday.

BUY NOW Cobalt Blue Wine Glasses, $39.95 for a set of four

MOSS RUNNER


Bring a little bit of nature to the bare winter months with a colorful moss table runner.

BUY NOW Moss Table Runner, $16.99

PRETTY PEWTER


Pewter table linens can make an unexpectedly pretty backdrop to allow gold and crystal accents to stand out.

BUY NOW Pewter Grey Cloth Napkins, $31.60 for a set of eight

UNCONVENTIONAL TABLE SETTING


Instead of the usual napkin-across-the-center, give center stage to a whimsical take-home gift like a small candle.

BUY NOW Reindeer Tealights, $14.95 for a set of three

MOD MONOCHROME


For those who don't go in for colorful accents, bare-branched tabletop trees can add a pretty, pared-down effect, like walking in the woods on a mid-winter night.

BUY NOW Birch LED Lighted Tabletop Tree, $29.99

GO TALL


There's nothing worse at a holiday dinner than dodging around a face-height floral arrangement. You could go for a low-lying arrangement, but why skip out on the drama? Instead, pack a tall, slender vase with beautiful branches and seasonal blooms.

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BUY NOW Glass Trumpet Centerpiece Vase, $30.40

WOODEN CHARGERS


Give your table a rustic touch with raw wood chargers.

BUY NOW Acacia Platter, $16.99

BLANKET OF SNOW


For a playful take on a wintery table, skip the tablecloth and roll out a blanket of faux snow instead.

BUY NOW Snow Blanket Decoration, $22.38

MERRY MINIMALISM


For those who don't go in for ornate home decor, simple set pieces like these monochrome paper trees fit the festive bill.

BUY NOW 3D Cardboard Christmas Tree, $5.50

Learn how to make them on Persia Lou.

In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, here are 25 sophisticated table setting ideas for the holiday dinner table this year.

CANDY CANES

Christmas treats are always acceptable (even before dinner).

BUY NOW Chocolate Covered Candy Canes, $13 for a set of twelve

More: Elegant Christmas Decorations for a Tasteful Holiday Look

RED AND GOLD

Red and green isn't the only Christmas color pairing—don't underestimate the elegant couple that is red and gold.

BUY NOW Wallace Silversmiths 65-Piece Gold-Plated Flatware, $269

WINTER WONDERLAND

Embellishing the table with white makes any party truly feel like a winter wonderland.

BUY NOW Christmas Ribbons Tablecloth in White, $19.99

TABLECLOTH

A deep red table cloth is the surest way to the tone for a romantic Christmas dinner.

BUY NOW Red Hotel Tablecloth, $169.95

ORNAMENT BOWL

Collecting some of your leftover ornaments in a bowl or even a silver tray can bring holiday spirit to any table.

BUY NOW 16 Piece Red Christmas Ball Ornament Set, $18.99
BUY NOW 24 Piece Gold Christmas Ball Ornament Set, $15.99

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PERSONAL GIFT

Whether it's Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day brunch, no guest will turn down a present upon their welcome.

BUY NOW Party Favor Boxes, $8.99 for a set of three

GARLAND

A garland that runs down the center of a table can give a simple white cloth and napkins instant holiday cheer.

BUY NOW Snowy Boxwood and Pine Garland with Berry, $32.99
BUY NOW Hydrangea Garland, $69.99

GOOD SILVER

There's never been a better time to bring out any and all silver.

BUY NOW Silver-Plated Heirloom Serving Utensils, from $42

FRESH FRUIT

Run wild with fruits on the table such as oranges, pomegranates, and pears.

PLACE CARD HOLDERS

Gold, glittery place card holders are perfect for your first Christmas dinner.

BUY NOW Curl Tree Place Hard Holders/Ornaments, $2.95 each

Learn how to make them at Simple Little Details.

COOKIES

For a simple dessert, bring out some beautiful cookies wrapped in ribbon. If guests are too full, they can always take them home—though we've never met anyone who was too full for a homemade cookie. For a T&C twist, make them Nantucket Cranberry Sea Salt cookies.

BUY NOW Nordic Ware Cookie Stamps, $32 for a set of three

NATURAL TOUCHES

Adding natural elements like branches and pine cones alongside shiny white ornaments brings an elegant winter forest touch to Christmas dinner.

BUY NOW Mini Pine Cones, $9.99 for 100

GOLD LEAVES

With gold-painted leaf napkin holders, your table will have a gilded wintery feel.

BUY NOW Rust-oleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint, $3.76

Learn how to make them at Honest to Nod.

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MINI WREATH

Give your first course plates a lift with adorable woodland wreaths.

BUY NOW Artificial Pine Mini Wreath, $11.99

PLAID TABLECLOTH

The serious Christmas host might consider investing in a holiday plaid tablecloth and traditional Christmas china.

BUY NOW Vernor Collection Plaid Tablecloth, $30.62

CANDELABRAS

If ever there was a moment to inject some high drama into a meal, holiday dinner is it!

BUY NOW 5-Arm Centerpiece Candelabra, $39.99

MINI GINGERBREAD HOUSE

Adding cute, mini gingerbread houses to the table is the quickest way to guarantee that everyone will be posting an Instagram from your dinner.

Learn how to make them at Good Housekeeping.

WINTER FRUIT

Next to guests' name tags, add an elegant winter fruit, like a miniature pear, for a touch that balances rustic and formal.

INDIVIDUAL ORNAMENT

When in doubt, fanciful ornaments are classic for winter affairs.

BUY NOW Violet Feathered Accent Ornaments, $49.50 for a set of six

RIBBON

A simple, elegant solution: Tie up each napkin with a sprig of fir and a holiday ribbon.

BUY NOW Candy Cane Ribbon, $12.60

CHAMPAGNE GLASSES

The more champagne glasses, the more holiday cheer.

BUY NOW Birch Lane Chauncey Champagne Flutes in Silver or Gold, $38.99 for set of four

RED

Berry topiaries and miniature red candles set the holiday mood.

BUY NOW Red Votive Candles, $10 for a set of twelve

WINE GLASSES

Mismatched crystal and metallic wine glasses look sophisticated yet not too serious.

BUY NOW Stainless Steel Wine Glasses, $9.99

VASES FILLED WITH HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS

Accessorize with vases stuffed with pinecones and glass ornaments.

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BUY NOW Glass Ornaments, $11.72 for a Set of 10

POMEGRANATES

Decorate the dessert table with pomegranates.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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