Christmas Table Settings

How to set a table for an elaborate Christmas dinner

After spending hours preparing the perfect Christmas dinner, it would be a shame to serve it on the same old, everyday dinnerware. So, break out the Christmas dinnerware and create a table worthy of your Christmas feast! As with all Christmas decorations, there are countless themes and styles of Christmas table decorations to choose from: snowmen, Santa and his reindeer, holly and mistletoe and much more. For an elegant look, coordinate all your dinnerware and table pieces: plates, glasses, cutlery, table cloths, place mats, napkins and napkin rings.You can buy special linens and dinnerware or decorate existing pieces. This is especially true if you're trying to cut costs. For example buy some plain glasses from a dollar store and paint holly, stars, snowflakes, etc. on them. They'll look just as great and will cost a lot less than "pre-made" items. However if your artistic skills aren't up to snuff or your hand's less than steady, pre-made items may be the way to go! Just look for these items off-season or during sales.

Choose a Theme

If you're looking for something a little less formal, consider decorating your table in "The Night Before Christmas" theme. This classic poem has long been a favorite among the young and young at heart. It perfectly captures the spirit of Christmas.

  1. Cover the table with a green or red table cloth.
  2. Use a white table runner or cotton batting to create "snow". Add some small paper snowflakes and sparkles.
  3. Place small decorations of Santa, his sleigh and reindeer on the snow.
  4. Place sugar plums (or wrapped candies) randomly around the table to depict: "While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads."

  5. Hide a small toy mouse under a napkin near the main decorations to depict: "Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."

  6. Hang small stockings around the edge of the table to depict: "The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there."

  7. Place small wrapped gifts beside each place setting.

  8. Label place setting cards with the names of each reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen.

  9. You're done - and your table looks very festive. Now enjoy your dinner!
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