15 Christmas Table Setting Ideas

Looking to set your first Christmas table this year? Or perhaps you're looking to switch things up and introduce your family to a new Christmas table look? We've already shared 25 CHRISTMAS TABLE DECORATION IDEAS to inspire you, now, here's a closer look at individual Christmas place settings where the festivity is in the details.

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  • One of the simplest ways to dress a classic Christmas place setting festively, this repurposed and clever sheet music idea is elegant and simple. It works in harmony with the formal dinnerware, while still giving this Christmas table a familiar and warm tone that's festive and inviting.

    Image via Miss Mustard Seed

  • This Christmas table incorporates holiday garland in an unexpected way by opting for a more delicate display rather than the typical thick evergreen in both the centerpiece as well as the place settings. Dainty wreaths draped on each chair add lots of festivity to the space and keep place settings limited to elegant wrapped favor presents for optimal space for all the holiday feast.

    Image via Camille Styles

  • If you do like the more traditional evergreen for a simple and classic Christmas table, consider adorning each place setting with a rolled red napkin with a few short sprigs of evergreen set at the center with a metallic napkin ring.

    Image via Old Town Home

  • Presents play a big part of so many holiday celebrations, especially Christmas. For an elegant, chic and sparkling Christmas table, that doesn't go overboard, we love the idea of keeping place settings white on silver chargers with flatware rested on a napkin in the center and all of it wrapped just like a present in coordinated ribbon.

    Image via Bower Power

  • This place setting employs the same wrapped present look but offers a much less formal, and a bit more traditional, design for each place setting. It also goes one step further by embellishing with a little red ornament at the center.

    Image via Villeroy and Boch

  • Have any leftover Christmas cookies? Another great use for them is as impromptu and festive Christmas place settings. Stitched burlap, a basic white napkin and every day plates get adorned with a touch of Christmas thanks to a special candy cane garnish.

    Image via Everyday Occasions

  • Forget the red and green, opt to dress your Christmas place settings in a silver and gold palatte. This elegant Christmas table isn't overly decorated, but because it employs metallics so well, it feels rich and festive, which is perfect for a Christmas feast!

    Image via The Inspired Room

  • The gold charger, utensils and elegant ornaments at each place setting on this Christmas table give it a formal feel that's perfect for the holiday, but the darker, flat napkin and tartan tablecloth also lend a familiar and warm look to the mix. The result? A perfect balance of formal holiday decor and warm family table.

    Image via The Brides Cafe

  • Monogrammed napkins add instant formality, elegance and specialness to a Christmas table setting. They work so well with a more elaborate Christmas table like this and can stand alone without much more decorative embellishment.

    Image via Heather Scott

  • As much as we love the warmth and formality many Christmas place settings offer, this gold and blue design is refreshing and still manages to get us into the Christmas spirit thanks to it's winter wonderland appeal. We especially love the idea of incorporating a pillow at each chair. Like we said, you're likely to stay sitting around the table longer and this is certainly more comfortable!

    Image via Coco + Kelley

  • Skip the formality and have some fun with your Christmas table settings! This Christmas table design our own Chris Nease styled is all about festive fun. Complete with cupcake, party game, polka dots and stripes, it's also an easy and inexpensive approach.

    Image via Celebrations at Home

  • This Christmas table our contributor Chris Nease designed is all kinds of fun for kids. We can't get enough of the bright green and red here, but the candy cane napkin ring and snowman milkshake at each place setting are too cute for words!

    Image via Celebrations at Home

  • Another great kids' Christmas table idea? Mini chalkboards complete with candy cane and chalk. Often, families will linger much longer around the table at Christmas dinners, so a fun distraction like this will keep the kids happy and content at their own special table.

    Image via Stylish Eve

  • If you have glass plates, we love the idea of setting a handmade white snowflake out of paper beneath it for a seasonal look that's handmade and easy. This Christmas table incorporates burlap, glass, DIY glittered wineglasses and bits of evergreen to take it to an even more festive level without the expense.

    Image via In My Own Style

  • The last of our Christmas place setting ideas, this one keeps it super simple, proving any table can be dressed for a special holiday celebration no matter what your budget or how last-minute it may be. All you need? A red napkin and green ornament!

    Image via Daze of Grace

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