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Christmas Table Decorations

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Ideas for Holiday decorating that will fit any style and budget. Find tips for your centerpiece that will create a beautiful dining table, like the beautiful, stylish, glistening Christmas table shown above.  Creating memorable decorations start with the same decorating fundamentals as your home.

You'll have success and be happier with the results of your efforts when you:


Decide on a theme...take a look around your home. Are you a nature lover who brings the outdoors in?

Do you love traditional types of decor? Does formal living suit your lifestyle?

Or maybe you just wake up in the morning and see what the day brings...whatever type of life and decorating style suits you, your holiday decor, including holiday table decorations, should reflect the same.

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Select a color palette...look around your home.

Whether you made a conscious effort to select a color scheme or simply picked out what you like, there are colors repeated in your home. Select two of those colors and use them for your holiday decor.

Die hard traditionalists will say "no, I must use red and green!" That's fine...incorporate those colors into the table decorations.

Determine a budget...which may mean not spending a dime, or maybe spending $20, $50, $100...it doesn't matter how much money you plan to spend to create your holiday table.

But it is very helpful to make this decision first, because it will tell you where you're going to find your decor for the table.


Christmas Decorating Ideas...My Favorite Things!

I searched long and hard to find unique decor for you, to dress up your home for the holidays. See what I've found for Christmas, 2017...

Nothing says 'holidays' better than a fuzzy faux fur mantel scarf! It adds instant style and a sense of the special time the holidays bring.

White-on-white styling with silver accents is awesome, too. 65"w x 10"d; $35.


Fanciful Reindeer and Ornaments removable and reusable wall decor will create a memorable display!

The wood patterned reindeer silhouette includes dangling ornaments in a variety of colors and styles. Place them as you wish 32" x 50", $26.99 from Roommates Decor

Serve your holiday guests with this 20 pc. nostalgic earthenware set.  Four each of dinner, salad, canape plates, 4 bowls and 4 mugs, in a red, green & brown vintage pattern set on an ivory background with twig style rim accent. Darling!  $100.00


Such a unique tree, I just had to include it!

Crafted of PVC and metal, 1137 tips and a sage frosted tree design, this 7 ft pre-lit hard needle Christmas Tree will be the focal point of your natural holiday decor. $410.00


I love the delicate detail of these handcrafted textured glass tealight lanterns from our friends at Plow & Hearth.

Battery powered LED bulbs create a safe way to light up these lanterns. $5.00 to $35.00 ea.



Hand blown glass trees with a lovely, rippled look are stunning. Display them as a pair or combine them with other, colorful holiday decor.

Small tree is 4.75" x 9"; Large is 5" x 12". $25 - $35


Use just one or purchase them all, this trio of faux fresh cypress topiaries will create a naturally colorful holiday look in your home.

At 22", 30" and 37" high, they are so versatile! $25 - $50


Happy Holidays quote that can be placed anywhere in your home, then removed and stored for next year!

Would look great in an entry, family room, or any area of your home. $23.99

Keep the reason for the season in your heart and in your home with this beautifully crafted Holy Family from Enesco Foundations. Gorgeous detail.

Size 8" x 12", $100



Natural looking noble fir needles with pine cones, eucalyptus and cypress create a beautiful holiday wreath and garland, offered in both lit and unlit options.

Priced from $85 to $169


Forego the tree skirt for a natural mango wood and galvanized metal tree collar. Also offered in seagrass, coastal shells, woven, and 'Santa belt' styles.

$160


How adorable are these little reindeer tealight holders, with their holly berry antlers and hand painted bodies?

They're sure to bring holiday cheer to your home! 16" and 19" high, $28 - $36



12 Ideas for Stunning Christmas Table Decorations

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Some are very simple and can use what you already have or can go out and find for little or no cost. Or, give it a homemade touch to create an original design.

Other tips may require an expenditure or two, but remember you can always go to discount stores, dollar stores, thrift stores, flea markets and consignment shops for inexpensive holiday decor items if the budget is limited.

1) Find little boxes of varying shapes and sizes. Wrap these small 'presents' with a variety of holiday paper and ribbon. Scatter them down the middle of the table with holly garland. Place a 'gift' on each guests dinner plate.

2) Use cloth dinner napkins and wrap a narrow gold (or whatever color is in your holiday palette) ribbon around the napkin; place on dinner plate. If it suits your style and decor, use dinner napkins in two different colors and either wrap them together or alternate dinner plates.

Share your holiday decor with our readers...show off your beautiful home!

It's easy...just go to the Holiday Decorating page and complete the simple form. You can upload your photos, too!

3) If your dining table is looking worn, use a tablecloth in your color palette to set the foundation for the theme. Even if your table looks great, a tablecloth is a traditional yet beautiful way to set off the rest of the Christmas table decorations.

4) Put one Christmas bulb on each guest's plate as a gift. Go to thrift shops or flea market to find inexpensive/vintage bulbs that reflect your style and color theme. Use bulbs down the center of the table and/or in a clear glass or crystal vase as the centerpiece.

5) If your dining table is large enough, create a vignette centerpiece using a standing Santa, reindeer, sleigh, Christmas tree, etc. Place the pieces at angles so that the vignette looks good from all sides of the table.

6) Use small wreaths to encircle a pillar candle. Place the largest in the center of the table and smaller out toward the ends.

7) Take a serving dish or platter and place a tall slim candle with holder in the middle. Surround the candle with fresh flowers placed on the platter. Or, use quality faux florals, greenery or whatever suits your style to surround the candle.

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8) Use fresh fruit as part of your theme...apples, oranges, pears, cranberries...place along the center with holly garland, berry sprigs, etc. Fill a glass or crystal vase with the fruit as a centerpiece. Place a piece of fresh fruit on a holiday napkin on each guest's dinner plate.

9) Add nuts and pine cones to the fruit and garland mentioned to add to the natural theme of this decor. Use a wicker basket for the centerpiece, filled with these items.

10) Create a Christmas tree vignette as a centerpiece with varying shapes and sizes of small trees. Place trees down the center of the table with cotton 'snow'. Use one tree as the centerpiece and place it on a cake pedestal for height.

11) Candles are always a good choice. Use varying widths and heights for interest and add evergreen garland to fill in the spaces. Don't use scented candles as they might interfere with the diners enjoyment of your holiday meal.

Use caution when lighting the candles and keep them away from napkins, etc. A colorful tablecloth would look beautiful as a base for this Christmas table decoration.

12) Use all silver and white table decorations, including white candles, and present to your guests with dimmed lighting for a sophisticated holiday meal.

Plan ahead for your Christmas table decorations to give yourself time to budget, shop and prepare. You will create a beautiful holiday table and have time to enjoy it!


Balsam Hill


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