When choosing your Christmas table decorations this holiday season, don’t settle for the expected heavy green bough and red ball ornament centerpiece.
Instead, create a fresh and modern Christmas tablescape in crisp white, glittering metallics, cream flowers, and soft greenery. Here are a few easy Christmas table decorating ideas you can use to get this look!
Layer your linens
If you want to try the layered look, start with a crisp white tablecloth. Next, we added a runner in cream with a metallic design woven in. Place a single wide runner down the length of the table, or several long ones across the width — essentially connecting two place settings on opposite sides of the table.
For example, if you have eight place settings, three on either side and one on each end, you would lay three runners across the width of the table.
For each Christmas table placesetting, fold a metallic linen napkin longways, as shown, and lay it down the middle of the dinner plates. Place a salad plate on top.
Keep the Christmas dinnerware simple
A beautiful Christmas table setting begins with lovely dishes, and there’s no better time to break out your fine china. Gold, silver, or platinum-rimmed plates and bowls bring subtle glamour to this look.
You can keep your metals in the same tone (warm or cool), or you can mix them together by following a few easy guidelines.
The look has the most impact when your flatware is the same tone as the rims on your china ,and your napkin the opposite — so gold-rimmed dishes are paired with gold flatware and silver napkins, or silver flatware with silver dishes and champagne gold napkins.
Thin, geometric gold candleholders are delicate and pretty and very on-trend when paired with mercury glass votives.
Utilize a calm and classic floral design
Your Christmas table decorations are not complete without a beautiful floral arrangement. You can be both nontraditional and classic — the two are not mutually exclusive!
Instead of boughs from fir trees and red ornament balls, choose softer greenery with juniper mixed in sparingly, and flowers like white roses and ranunculus.
Ask your florist for a dozen loose stems and chop the heads off to drop among the candles and crystal, along with small gold or silver metallic ball ornaments.
Give each plate a special touch
Each Christmas place setting can be made even more special by giving it an individual flourish.
You could lay one soft green leaf in the center and top it with a pine cone and a small cluster of snowberries.