How to Make an Elegant Christmas Table in 3 Easy Ways

by | Holidays, Tablescapes

Setting an elegant Christmas table doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money! Check out 3 easy things you can do to create a beautiful table to enjoy all season long!

I love Christmas and I love setting pretty tables.

So you can imagine that Christmas tablescapes are my favorite!

Admittedly, I go a little over-the-top with them, but why not?  The Christmas season is so festive and joyful and I want my home to be a reflection of the hope and love of the season!

I love to leave one of our dining tables set throughout the season.  Though I switch it up, you’ll usually find this dining table looking ready for an elegant Christmas dinner.

Are we having an elegant Christmas dinner every night?  Of course not.  In fact, this week, it’s a grab and go kind of dinner all week, as we are in rehearsals and performances every night!

I do love, though, that even on the busy days, our dining room looks pretty and festive. I pass through this room 100 times a day, it seems, so I am enjoying the Christmas decor!

Fortunately, we have several other places we can sit and eat and we actually can easily eat here by just removing the little green wreath before dinner!  No big deal!

I thought it would be fun today to share 3 simple easy things you can do to create a pretty dining table too!  It doesn’t have to be expensive or even cost you a lot of time!

The added benefit of a set table is that no one piles homework, junk mail, or lunch boxes here.  So it stays looking pretty and that makes me happy! 😂

Step 1 to Create an Elegant Christmas Table:

Lay greenery down the center of the table.

To me, winter greenery is the key ingredient for decorating any space for Christmas.  If I could choose only one element to add to our home for Christmas, it would be greenery!

I used 3 different faux garlands to create this look.  However, you could take a trip to a local place that sells fresh Christmas trees.  They are usually happy to give you clippings and branches that have broken off and are laying around…for FREE!

I try to gather some of those and tuck into my faux greenery too. It smells amazing and adds another pretty layer!

Layering is what makes it full and so elegant!

Tip: Create thick layers of faux, fresh, or a mixture of both to get a luxurious look.  Once your greenery is in place, you can easily switch other elements throughout the season, while always keeping that beautiful Christmas look!

I layered these three garlands, taking care to pull branches through so the bottom layers are still peeking out.  Instead of twisting the garlands together, I find that I get a more natural look by laying them on top of one another and carefully pulling a few branches through here and there.

Step 2 to Create an Elegant Christmas Table:

Add white dishes.

Seem too basic?  Hear me out on this!

White dishes go with everything! If you have a base foundation for your tablescape with Christmas greenery and white dishes, you can add any seasonal elements, in any color, and it will all go together perfectly!

Creating this base of greens and white will allow you to make small changes throughout the season without the time and expense to change out the entire Christmas table.

I’ve had my plain white dishes for 18 years now, but I found some similar ones here.

I also often use vintage white ironstone dishes and mix and match the styles. As long as they are all white, you can’t go wrong and the vintage vibe is so fun.  I found some pretty ironstone dishes here.

My square ironstone dishes are from @whiteflowerfarmhouse.  I wasn’t able to find vintage ones online, but these new square plates are so pretty and would give you a similar look!

Another fun and really budget-friendly way to build a collection of white dishes is to watch for them at thrift stores!  Remember, as long as they are white, you can mix and match different patterns and styles.  You’ll end up with an elegant table that has a fun vintage look and eclectic twist!

Step 3 to Create an Elegant Christmas Table:

Incorporate brass elements.

If winter greenery is my number 1 must have item for Christmas decor, then brass may be my second!  There are a couple reasons I love using vintage brass at Christmas time:

  1. I love the subtle reference to the Nativity story when the Wise Men brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  Little details like that make me happy!

I never really understood that part of the story or why those three things were so important until several years ago when I learned more about essential oils.  Frankincense is an age-old remedy for healing.  I use it on cuts, wounds, or infections for our family!

Myrrh can be used for healing also, specifically to kill bacteria and ease pain or swelling.  It was kind of like a doctor kit for Mary and her new Baby!

No doubt the gold came in handy as Joseph and Mary found themselves in the most unusual and challenging of circumstances too.

Maybe it’s a silly reference in a way, but when I see gold in Christmas decorations, I always feel like it’s so appropriate for the Christmas story!

2.  I love how brass reflects light.  Whether candles or twinkle lights, even the rubbed or aged brass with a more matte finish picks up those little reflections of light.  It makes everything feel extra cozy!

For my brass elements on this Christmas table, I used three different things.  In my centerpiece, I used some vintage brass horn candlesticks that I’ve been collecting over a few years.  I also tucked in some smaller vintage French horns.  The greenery helps them to stand upright and adds a fun and unexpected element to the table!

For my napkin rings, I used small brass horns.  These are more of an ornament size but they work perfectly for a napkin ring!  I’ve been looking for these for a couple of years so I could create this table and finally found enough this fall!

I found a set of ten online for you!  Hurry and grab them though!

I have found all of my vintage brass horns and candlesticks at thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales, and a few from some antique shops.  They are a lot of fun to hunt for!  

If you are looking for some to use this season, I’ll link a few below!

I hope this gives you some fun ideas for making your table pretty for the Christmas season!  It truly is the most wonderful time of the year and the perfect time to create spaces in our home that reflect the joy of the season!  It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, just whatever brings peace and joy to your home!

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