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How to Decorate a Table for Christmas Dinner – Practical Tricks



Jazzing up your table for Christmas dinner is a great way to get into the spirit of things. We love it when we go to an event and see the fancy table settings, but we don’t often incorporate those ideas at home.

Christmas is one of those times that you can get super fun with your table decorations. While the food on your table certainly is the star of the show, having a nice backdrop for it all can take your meal to the next level. 

If you are in need of ideas when it comes to sprucing up your Christmas dinner table, look no further. We have compiled some of the easiest and most practical tips for how to decorate a table for Christmas dinner below. 

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Choose a Theme and Build From There

Christmas is definitely the time to play up your table settings. One of the best ways you can start is simply by picking a theme and working your way from there. 

Whether you want to go for a more rustic feel, a winter wonderland Christmas table, or even a modern glam look, there’s one for every family. 

Once you have decided on the theme, decide on certain colors and elements that evoke your desired outcome. 

Change Up the Chargers

One way you can add a touch of fancy to your Christmas dinner is by adding plate chargers. You can coordinate this with your theme. 

If you are going for a woodsy and rustic theme, tree trunk chargers add a touch of whimsy. On the other hand, you can simply choose a red charger to evoke that classic feel. 

This will tie up the whole theme that will make your table setting elegant.

Take Great Care When it Comes to Table Placements

Most importantly, to take your Christmas dinner to new heights, learning to set your table is important. It should be complete with all the right placements for plates and utensils alike. 

Plate Placement

Start by placing a charger underneath the dinner plate. Add the salad plate on top of the dinner plate. Feel free to add (or omit) a bread plate accordingly. 

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Should you wish to add this, place this on the left-above corner of the dinner and salad plates. Lay a butter knife horizontally across it. 

Cutlery Placement

When it comes to placing the cutlery, start by placing the dinner fork on the left side of the plate.

On the left side of the dinner fork, place the salad fork. Meanwhile, on the right-hand side of the dinner plate, place the knife with its rounded edge facing the plate. 

To the right of the knife, place the dinner spoon. The dessert spoon can be placed either horizontally above the dinner plate or at the right of the dinner spoon. 

Drinkware Placement

Place your water and wine glasses in the upper right-hand corner of the place setting. The water glass should be located nearest to the guest. The red wine glass should be placed just behind the white wine glass. 

The dessert items like the coffee cup and saucer, can be placed below the glasses. 

Add Foliage and Centerpieces

Make beautiful centerpieces the center of your conversation by adding foliage and even other plants to spruce up your tablescape. 

A small Christmas tree, a berry branch centerpiece, pine cones, or even birch are some of the options you may want to use. 

If you want floral arrangements to take part in your tablescape, you can certainly opt for deep hues, including roses, hyacinths, and even tallow berries. 

Stick to a deeper color palette to evoke warmth, as well as to keep in-theme. You can also add some candles of varying heights to add some dimension and coziness that will make the whole atmosphere warm and memorable. 

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The Bottom Line

Now that you have a more solid grasp on decorating your tablescape, preparing for a fancy Christmas dinner setting will be a breeze.

With these nifty and practical ideas, you can set the mood and make your holiday gathering more festive than ever. And remember to have fun with it, you can even get the kids involved in creating table decorations.

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