Confused About Your Christmas Table Setting? Look No More. Simple Rules For Your Festive Dinner

Woo your guests with your Christmas table setting

Christmas calls for hosting dinner parties and doing Christmas table setup and decor is a responsible and fun task. A festive decor should look harmonious to your house’s interiors and should reflect on your individual taste and the love and care for your family and friends. A good Christmas Dinner table decor is key to a successful holiday dinner. But don’t you worry, I’ve got your covered with some basic rules and tips, you’ll discover the secrets to creating a warm, elegant atmosphere.


Each year we see spectacular Christmas table setting ideas and each one oozes elegance. You can always choose the last minute approach and improvise on Christmas day. However, I suggest you plan ahead. It helps create a joyful Christmas mood.

Firstly check your interior and its colour scheme. Choose harmonious shades for the table decor along with a contrast colour. The classic Christmas palette is a combination of red and gold or navy blue and silver. Ensure tablecloth, napkins, tableware and decor are in sync. You can arrange a table in white tones and break the monotony with gold, red, green or blue. You can deck up the table with Christmas ornaments or candles in candlesticks.

Christmas table setting
Red theme Christmas Table Setting

Pro Tip: To ensure that the Christmas table setting looks elegant, don’t use more than 3 colours in the table setting.

If there are plenty of colours in your interior, I would recommend using neutral shades for Christmas table setting-beige, white, black. Yes, I agree the festive table should be bright and colourful. However, it doesn’t mean that the overall decor impression needs to be a riot of colours. Try and use a calm palette which balances the brightness of the interior. You can create the festive atmosphere by candles and accessories.

Christmas table setting
Neutral Christmas Table Setting

Another approach to choose your style could be the kind of Christmas table decor you like. For instance if you like rustic style Christmas table decor(which btw is very popular!), you can use natural and earthy tones, materials and decorations. Linen table cloth and napkin, wooden logs and ornaments, pine cones, green branches etc

Christmas table setting
Rustic Style Christmas Table Setting

Incase you want to do something more glamorous, you can choose silver and gold shades with crystal. Tall candle stands and exquisite centrepieces. Gold or silver rimmed dishes and tableware will make your table stand out exceptionally!

Christmas table setting
Glamorous Christmas Table Setup

Once you’ve decided on the style and colour, you need to next think of accessories and elements like light, dishes, glasses etc. Ensure the tablecloth and the napkins are clean and ironed. Glasses, plater and cutlery shining away in their glory and well placed. Try not to overload the table with decor, one centrepiece is enough when chosen carefully.

Pro Tip: Make a simple drawing of your idea for Christmas table setting before you go to the store. It’ll be of great help when you’re ordering online or going shopping to a store.


So you’re done with the basic table setting, now let’s step up your game. Add cute Christmas symbols like snowflakes on plate, Christmas tree ornaments on napkins, tangerines etc. Scatter beads or stars on the table, make a centrepiece with a small sledge and fill it with small gifts.

Christmas table setting
Christmas Table Setting

Pro Tip: One of the simplest way to deck up your table is to use a tree ornament as place card holder for each guest.


Lighting candles are always a good idea. They give that warm cozy glow and change the mood and the appearance of the table. Decorative candles go well with your table setting which may be in any theme.

Christmas table setting
Christmas Table Setting


It is often said that the sense of smell is strongly related with memory. So, create that aroma for the unforgettable holiday feeling. Thus, fir branches are so popular on Christmas table setting. You can make it as a running centrepiece placing it in the centre or several small ones. They work very well with dried flowers too.

Christmas table setting
Christmas Table Setting


If you’re having a formal dinner, serving rules are important. There are rules for placing the napkins, spoons, knives and forks, glasses etc. Follow these rules to have that impeccable table setting

Christmas table setting
Christmas Table Setting

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