35 Elegant Christmas Table Setting Ideas
In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, we've rounded up sophisticated table setting ideas to inspire your holiday dinner table.
A little origami napkin-work can add an instant dose of holiday cheer (even if you left decorating the table until the last minute.)
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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.
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Bring a little bit of nature to the bare winter months with a colorful moss table runner.
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Pewter table linens can make an unexpectedly pretty backdrop to allow gold and crystal accents to stand out.
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UNCONVENTIONAL TABLE SETTING
Instead of the usual napkin-across-the-center, give center stage to a whimsical take-home gift like a small candle.
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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.
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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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Give your table a rustic touch with raw wood chargers.
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BLANKET OF SNOW
For a playful take on a wintery table, skip the tablecloth and roll out a blanket of faux snow instead.
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For those who don't go in for ornate home decor, simple set pieces like these monochrome paper trees fit the festive bill.
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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.
Christmas treats are always acceptable (even before dinner).
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RED AND GOLD
Red and green isn't the only Christmas color pairing—don't underestimate the elegant couple that is red and gold.
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Embellishing the table with white makes any party truly feel like a winter wonderland.
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A deep red table cloth is the surest way to the tone for a romantic Christmas dinner.
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Collecting some of your leftover ornaments in a bowl or even a silver tray can bring holiday spirit to any table.
Whether it's Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day brunch, no guest will turn down a present upon their welcome.
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A garland that runs down the center of a table can give a simple white cloth and napkins instant holiday cheer.
There's never been a better time to bring out any and all silver.
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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.
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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.
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Adding natural elements like branches and pine cones alongside shiny white ornaments brings an elegant winter forest touch to Christmas dinner.
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With gold-painted leaf napkin holders, your table will have a gilded wintery feel.
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Give your first course plates a lift with adorable woodland wreaths.
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The serious Christmas host might consider investing in a holiday plaid tablecloth and traditional Christmas china.
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If ever there was a moment to inject some high drama into a meal, holiday dinner is it!
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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.
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Next to guests' name tags, add an elegant winter fruit, like a miniature pear, for a touch that balances rustic and formal.
When in doubt, fanciful ornaments are classic for winter affairs.
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A simple, elegant solution: Tie up each napkin with a sprig of fir and a holiday ribbon.
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The more champagne glasses, the more holiday cheer.
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Berry topiaries and miniature red candles set the holiday mood.
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Mismatched crystal and metallic wine glasses look sophisticated yet not too serious.
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VASES FILLED WITH HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS
Accessorize with vases stuffed with pinecones and glass ornaments.
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Decorate the dessert table with pomegranates.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.