Decorating a Christmas Table

Make your Christmas table just as festive as the rest of your home. Use pine garland, candles, Christmas ornaments and other special touches to create a memorable holiday table.


  • Keep your centerpiece at a height that will allow diners an unobstructed view of each other.
  • Keep your centerpiece small if your table space is limited. Remember that you will have to leave room for serving platters, dishes and condiments.
  • Make sure that any foliage used as table decoration is clean before placing it on the table or near food items.
  • Make your own tablecloth, napkins, place mats and table runner. These items are easy to make and add a special touch to any holiday table.
  • Avoid using scented candles in your centerpiece. Their scents may interfere with the aromas from your holiday kitchen.
  • Use holiday prints or solid red, green or gold fabric to make small gift bags.


  1. Purchase an artificial or fresh-flower Christmas arrangement from a craft store or florist shop to use as your table's centerpiece.
  2. Use candles to make your own Christmas centerpiece. Set red or green taper or pillar candles in brass or wooden candleholders and arrange fresh or artificial pine garland, pinecones and cranberries around the base.
  3. Place a large, decorative bowl in the center of your table and fill it with gilded fruit and gilded pinecones. Arrange pine garland around the base of the bowl and scatter Christmas picks throughout the garland.
  4. Place pieces of fresh pine garland in a large decorative bowl and place red and gold ball ornaments on top. Arrange larger pieces of pine garland around the base of the bowl. Place taper or pillar candles on each side of the bowl, and dim the artificial lights in the room so that the light from the lit candles is reflected in your centerpiece.
  5. Set your table with a tablecloth, table runner, place mats and napkins done in holiday prints and coordinating solids. Use prints sparingly to avoid giving your table a busy look and to keep attention focused on your centerpiece.
  6. Use napkin rings that reflect the season as well. Hand-paint holiday motifs onto plain wooden napkin rings or use purchased holiday napkin rings. Unusual napkin rings, such as those made to look like strands of cranberries, are readily available at many craft stores.
  7. Use your good china or special dishes that show Christmas motifs. If you are using a lot of holiday print fabric to decorate your table, use dishes done in coordinating, solid colors and complement them with brass charger plates.
  8. Place a small gift at each table setting. Give collectible Christmas ornaments or small sachet bags filled with homemade Christmas candy, nuts or other small trinkets.

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