How to decorate the table for Christmas dinner

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How to decorate the table for Christmas dinner
Gift boxes as seat markers are a festive Christmas table decor idea. (Getty Thinkstock)

A festive, holiday-hued table is a memory to cherish when recalling Christmas dinners. Customised individual place settings, colourful glittering centrepieces or masses of natural materials such as pine cones and holly berries are just a few decorating ideas that you can bring to your Christmas dinner table. Choose a thematic colour combination, or stick with traditional greens and reds to emphasise your holiday table.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Red and green pillar candles
  • Holly leaves
  • Pine boughs
  • Glitter-coated pine cones and acorns
  • Red-green plaid tablecloth
  • Cranberry-red goblets and chargers
  • Green or gold tablecloth
  • Green or gold napkins
  • Miniature live pine tree
  • Gold, red, silver and green tinsel
  • Soup tureen
  • Fresh fruit
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Red dinner napkins
  • Large glass bowl or crystal punch bowl
  • Strand of white twinkle lights
  • Vintage glass ornaments
  • Old-fashioned hard Christmas candies
  • Personalised Christmas stockings
  • Wrapped Christmas presents
  • Nuts
  • Red raspberries
  • Peppermint sticks
  • Chocolate-covered cherries

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Create a Christmas dinner table centrepiece that includes red and green pillar candles nestled in holly leaves and pine boughs. Tuck glitter-coated pine cones and silver-glittered acorns into the display. Place your centrepiece on a red-green plaid tablecloth. Use additional pine cones at each place settling to hold name cards.

  2. 2

    Display cranberry-red goblets and chargers at each place setting atop a green or gold tablecloth with green and gold cloth napkins. For your centrepiece, choose a miniature live pine tree decorated with tiny multicoloured ornaments and draped with strands of gold, green and red tinsel.

  3. 3

    Fill a soup tureen with fresh fruit, such as oranges, grapes, persimmons, apples and pomegranates as your Christmas dinner table centrepiece. Tuck sprigs of holly and cinnamon sticks into the fruit display. Choose all-white serving dishes, plates and cups, accented with bright red dinner napkins.

  4. 4

    Nestle a bed of reflective silver tinsel into the bottom of a large glass bowl or crystal punch bowl that marks the centre of the Christmas dinner table. Line the bowl with a strand of white tinsel lights. Fill the bowl with vintage glass ornaments sprinkled with dozens of individually wrapped old-fashioned hard Christmas sweets.

  5. 5

    Hang personalised Christmas stockings from the back of each chair to act as place markers. Place decorated presents atop each place setting. Fill each soup bowl with an assortment of peppermint sticks, chocolate-covered cherry candies, nuts and raspberries. Line the table length with brass candlesticks and red taper candles nestled among fresh green boughs.

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