Decorating your Christmas table with care and attention is a simple way to get into the holiday spirit and to show your loved ones and guests a little extra love. There are endless ways to dress a holiday table, whether you’re a minimalist or like to go all out. Whether you are hosting a festive brunch, tea, or family dinner, or just want to dress up the table with a festive installation that can stay up throughout the holiday season, check out this assortment of Christmas table decorating ideas in a range of styles to add a little magic and cheer to your end of year celebrations.
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UK-based stylist, photographer, and blogger Abi Dare from These Four Walls created a chic modern minimalist Christmas table in sober tones of white, black, and gray. A white table cloth, gray dishware, linen napkins, and candles, black cutlery, and clear glass create a neutral base that doesn't require special holiday gear. Instead, she adds seasonal notes with pinecones and fir trimmings, while a trio of simple black-and-white paper stars hung above the table ties the design together and adds a note of holiday whimsy to the grown-up atmosphere.Continue to 2 of 44 below.
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This wintry Scandi-inspired design from Emily Henderson Design sets a heartwarming holiday scene that appeals to kids of all ages with simple table linens, a vase of pine leaves, tiny tree figurines, and house-shaped porcelain votive candles.Continue to 3 of 44 below.
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Interior designer Anita Yokota used a dramatic green and white garland hung in a nonchalant swag on the wall behind the dinner table that looks like a deconstructed vertical garden. Choosing one statement decoration allows you to keep the rest of the decor simple, freeing up the table for food and drinks. The garland feels festive but not overly Christmasy, creating a conversation piece to anchor the holiday dining area that you won't feel pressed to take down too soon.Continue to 4 of 44 below.
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Interior designer Mel Bean of Mel Bean Interiors chose to play on the blue color scheme of this spacious dining room, with its blue velvet upholstered chairs and blue patterned rug, by adding tree sculptures and a centerpiece in icy blue and white tones. The white Christmas tree nearby is decorated and lit with golden tones to add warmth.
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Blogger Anita Joyce from Cedar Hill Farmhouse created a light and airy Christmas table with a white and silver palette. Simple white tableware mixed with Bavarian antique and vintage Christmas mix-and-match china and cut crystal glassware create an elegant base. She added some blingy Christmas spirit with sparkly silver studded deer figurines, and oversized silver tree ball ornaments set on mini boxwood wreaths that add height to the place settings. A vase full of bushy greens and berries adds texture and a fresh note.Continue to 6 of 44 below.
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Blogger Eden Passante from Sugar and Charm decorated her Tennessee cabin Christmas table with a modern, woodsy theme. Details like forest green candles and napkins, a striped linen table runner, vases full of white flowers and seasonal greenery, and olive wood napkin-holders and chargers add homey charm.Continue to 7 of 44 below.
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Blogger Leslie Saeta from My 100 Year Old Home made painted pinecone tree centerpieces for her rustic Christmas table, and hung leftover pinecones from fishing wire from the ceiling to amp up the holiday vibes. Bright red holiday berries and polkadot water glasses and napkins add a playful note.Continue to 8 of 44 below.
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Curtain of Light
This holiday table from UK-based photographer, stylist, and shopkeeper Jeska Hearne of Lobster & Swan has a dreamy, inviting atmosphere fit lingering long into the night. The table's chicly rumpled linen tablecloth and a soft, washed out palette of pinks, peaches, creams, and browns make the room adaptable to any season. But the combination of candlelight and fairy lights strung up in the window behind a linen curtain that matches the tablecloth, creating soft diffused ambient light makes it feel special enough for an intimate Christmas dinner amongst friends and family.Continue to 9 of 44 below.
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DIY Mini Cranberry Wreaths
Decorating a Christmas table doesn't have to be an elaborate affair to make a big impact. These cute DIY placecards from Liz Stanley at lifestyle blog Say Yes are made from fresh cranberries, tree trimmings, and stamped brown kraft paper nametags to create a festive Christmas brunch place setting that will make your guests feel welcome and special.Continue to 10 of 44 below.
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Blogger Abi Dare from These Four Walls used a chic and understated color palette of taupe, black, and white that complements her existing decor while creating an elevated holiday atmosphere. She arranged preserved nicoly leaves and dried grasses from her garden in a trio of bud vases that add a festive note and a subtle scent, and finished it off with a mix of votive candles and candlesticks for a candlelit glow.Continue to 11 of 44 below.
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This dessert table from Emily Henderson Design is decorated with a linen tablecloth strewn with bushy branches and ornaments, paper Christmas trees of varying sizes and heights, votive candles, and plenty of treats.Continue to 12 of 44 below.
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Mini Birch Branch Trees
Blogger Annie Diamond of Most Lovely Things created these sweet little birch branch mini tree holders to give her family Christmas table a touch of DIY charm.
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Blogger Anita Joyce from Cedar Hill Farmhouse added fluffy white fur pillows to her Christmas table seating for extra comfort, and decorated the chair seat backs with large bows made from silver ribbon and rhinestone belt buckles to match the glittery silver, white, and green color palette.Continue to 15 of 44 below.
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Liz Stanley at lifestyle blog Say Yes set a special place for the kids at this classic red, white and green Christmas table with a green kid-sized plate, and extras like a tiny wrapped gift and candy cane to make it fun.
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Atmospheric lighting is always a great idea to set the mood for a special meal. But a Christmas table is a chance for you to go all out in the lighting department. Stylist Jeska Hearne of Lobster & Swan brought the holiday magic to this Christmas tea table with a mesmerizing spray of LED lights on copper wire hung around a wire star on the wall that adds warmth and good cheer.
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Around the Table
In this spacious dining room from Emily Henderson Design, bushy branch garlands are hung around the large windows to create a casual and festive atmosphere. To balance the maximalist window decorations, the table is kept light and airy with tall candlesticks, a small vase of branches, a simple table runner, and a few house-shaped votives.Continue to 18 of 44 below.
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Blogger Eden Passante from Sugar and Charm played off the pale golden wood tones of this modern dining room by creating a gold and white Christmas brunch table with gold flatware, white and gold dishes, white napkins, and a snowy, fuzzy white table runner lined with gold and white vases filled with flocked greens.Continue to 19 of 44 below.
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For her festive Christmas brunch table, blogger Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm set each place with an origami-inspired napkin folded into the shape of a Christmas tree.
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Rustic Farm Table
Blogger Leslie Saeta from my 100 Year Old Home trotted out her collection of vintage ceramic crocks to create an inexpensive, rustic Christmas farmhouse table centerpiece, filling them with generous bunches of seasonal berries.
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Stylist Jeska Hearne of Lobster & Swan added a note of childhood whimsy to her Christmas table with miniature cacti and woodland animal tree ornament figurines that she gives as favors for guests to take home.Continue to 22 of 44 below.
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Blogger Leslie Saeta of My 100 Year Old Home created a glittery centerpiece of delicate sparkly crystal tree ornaments in varying heights that catch the light and complement the vintage dishware and glassware in her rustic earth-toned farmhouse dining room.
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Oranges, Cedar, and Walnuts
Blogger Sheila Irwin from Maison de Cinq decorated this cozy, feel-good Christmas centerpiece with simple, natural ingredients—oranges, cedar, and whole walnuts—strewn down the middle of her bare wood table. Brass candlesticks and gold-toned chargers add a touch of informal elegance.Continue to 24 of 44 below.
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Christmas Tea Table
Stylist Jeska Hearne of Lobster & Swan set this lovely Christmas tea table with leftover linen fabric, seasonal berries, and vintage tableware.Continue to 25 of 44 below.
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If you live in a small space and your dining room is a bistro table for two, keep the surface free and clear with a small vase of flowers and a pint-size Christmas tree ornament. Then utilize the wall or floor space around the table to tie in larger decorations, like this cute little kitchen Christmas table set up from A Beautiful Mess.Continue to 26 of 44 below.
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Stylist Jeska Hearne of Lobster & Swan creates a layered Christmas table that feels collected over time with a mix of elegant dinnerware with junk store finds like this little serving bowl decorated with painted berries, using extra champagne flutes to hold mixed nuts.Continue to 27 of 44 below.
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Mandarin Tower Centerpiece
These DIY mandarin and curly kale table centerpieces set on cake plates for extra height from A Beautiful Mess will delight both kids and adults at your holiday table, and are easy and fun to make.Continue to 28 of 44 below.
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Blogger Sheila Irwin from Maison de Cinq decorated the romantic dining room Christmas tree in white and blush tones, and added simple miniature wreaths to the backs of chairs to tie it all together.Continue to 30 of 44 below.
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Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona created a simple holiday vignette on her large kitchen island that reminds everyone that Christmas is coming while leaving plenty of room for prepping and cooking throughout the season.Continue to 31 of 44 below.
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Interior designer Mel Bean of Mel Bean Interiors created a dramatic Christmas installation on this kitchen peninsula that can stay up all season, making even small meals or coffee breaks feel festive and the kitchen come alive with holiday spirit.Continue to 32 of 44 below.
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Stripes on Stripes
Blogger KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farm chose to add Christmas vibes to her blue-and-white dining room with a red-dominated Christmas tree and tabletop ornaments like a miniature wooden sleigh filled with shiny balls. She tied it all together by choosing red-and-white striped linens that play off the blue-and-white striped upholstery on her dining room chairs.Continue to 33 of 44 below.
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Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona created an easy holiday season display on her dining table with an assortment of mini trees and ornaments lit with LED string lights.
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Lifestyle blogger Linda Grasso of SheSez mixed a pale green and red natural centerpiece with unexpected royal purple napkins for an unexpected twist on holiday table decorating.Continue to 35 of 44 below.
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Blogger KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farm used tall wood tree decorations to create a forest-like centerpiece in her neutral farmhouse dining room, and hung mini wreaths on the backs of chairs to amp up the holiday theme.Continue to 36 of 44 below.
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Christmas Eve Table
Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona decorated the table for a Christmas Eve dinner with pillar candles, white tableware and linens, greenery, gold ornaments, and some small wrapped gifts for guests to open as is the custom in many parts of the world.
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Blogger KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farm added battery operated tea lights inside of a line of house-shaped votives on her dining room to keep them lit throughout the season, and suspended some lightweight three-dimensional paper stars from the crystal chandelier over the dining table just because.Continue to 38 of 44 below.
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This outdoor table at the California home of lifestyle blogger Linda Grasso of SheSez mixes vintage candlesticks, wood plates, and a natural centerpiece of leaves and flowers to create a non-traditional laid back festive vibe.Continue to 39 of 44 below.
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Blogger KariAnne Wood at Thistlewood Farm used decorative serving pieces filled with ornaments and an oversized snowflake ornament to create a cheerful and lighthearted holiday table that doesn't take itself too seriously.Continue to 40 of 44 below.
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For many people, the kitchen island is their dining room and de facto Christmas table. Interior designer Mel Bean of Mel Bean Interiors played up the symmetry of this open kitchen by hanging greenery from the twin pendant lights, adding a pair of gold Christmas tree statuettes on either side of the kitchen sink, and decorating the kitchen island with an oversized Christmas tower centerpiece in shades of silver, cream, and pale pink.Continue to 41 of 44 below.
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Lifestyle blogger Linda Grasso of SheSez hung gift tags from the stems of seasonal fruit to make easy breezy holiday place settings for the outdoor table at her California home.Continue to 42 of 44 below.
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Interior designer Marlaina Teich of Marlaina Teich Designs created a festive table that plays off the dining room's wintry powder blue and white flowered wallpaper with pale blue napkins. A trio of vases holding bright pinkish red flowers adds a more traditional Christmas note.Continue to 43 of 44 below.
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Roses, Pinecones, and Greenery
Blogger Sheila Irwin from Maison de Cinq created this simple, traditional Christmas table setting using simple dishware and linens, white roses, scattered pinecones, and greenery.Continue to 44 of 44 below.
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For this simple, classic Christmas table, interior designer Amy Vroom of The Residency Bureau in Seattle, Washington used her grandmother's china, vintage salad plates, vintage coupe glasses, eucalyptus leaves, tea candles, and an edible centerpiece of pomegranates and satsumas piled into a silver tureen that doubles as dessert.