Christmas tablescaping ideas to nail hosting this season

Christmas tablescaping ideas from Amara with festive tree, candle sticks and green tableware

Listen closely, can you hear the sleigh bells ring? Christmas is soon approaching and I can hardly contain my excitement for this festive season anymore. Can you?

First of all, it’s finally time to kick off the festive month here on These Three Rooms. Second of all, what better way to start than looking at Christmas tablescaping ideas? I am hosting Christmas dinner this year (no pressure), so researching these stunning setups will definitely come in handy.

From traditional foliage and tealight candles to holiday-themed napkins and bold centerpieces, get ready to be inspired for this festive season. So, picture rustic Christmas tablescaping ideas, simple Scandi-inspired decorations and glamorous tableware – yes, we’ve covered everything. Thus, happy scrolling!

Candle holders 

Candlesticks can always add that traditional feeling to your festive table setting. Go for tall individual candlesticks or for a bold design, in gold or brass accents to warm up the scheme.

Christmas tablescaping with candle sticks, vases and golden decor
Ronny Colbie Christmas tablescaping.
Christmas tablescaping ideas with blue tableware
Blue Italian tableware set, from £150, Spode.
Dark blue scheme for Christmas tablescaping
Dark Blue Felicity collection, from £11, Burleigh.
Luxurious Christmas tablescape with grand foliage
Goldfinger dining chair, £1250, Bond dining table £3200, Eve candelabra £398, 1948 dinner set from £32, all from Jonathan Adler.

Christmas crackers

Who doesn’t love crackers this time of year, right? Decorate your festive dining table with this holiday favourite but place it on top of the plates as the focal point of your tablescaping design. Also, you can pop them on the side or create a special spot for them at the end of your table. From minimalist designs to bold patterns, you can find a set of crackers to match your scheme.

Christmas table set-up with crackers and candle sticks
Crackers can’t miss from a festive tablescape. Image:
Dining room with simple glass table and velvet chairs for the holidays
Plaza round table with Perth grey velvet chairs, Furniture and Choice.
Modern rustic Christmas tablescape with ceramics from Denby
This Christmas, go for a darker scheme for your tablescape, with deep neutral shades for your tablecloth, but also jewel toned candlesticks, festive decorations and your favourite crockery. Halo collection, from Denby.

Treats and trinkets

As a symbolic gift, place a festive decoration, such as a special bauble, on your plate sets for your guests to take home and remember this holiday season forever. Or why not pop delicious gingerbread (or even better – a DIY gingerbread kit) on top of the napkins for a nice surprise?

Trinkets on plates with wine glasses
Why not include some treats and trinkets for your guests? Set of four rose tint wine glasses with gold rim, £43; Gold beaded scallop shell Christmas decoration, £12; Gold beaded shell Christmas decoration, £12, and Vintage-style glass dinner plate in Soft Pink, £19, all from Rockett St George.
Christmas tablescaping ideas with textiles from Sophie Allport
Who doesn’t love a good treat? Home For Christmas napkins, £16.50, Sophie Allport.
Denby Halo Angel placed as a trinket on plates for guests
Halo Angel, £9.99, Denby.
Christmas tablescaping ideas with gold, hanging stars
Peek the festive decorations? So chic! Gold metallic stars, small £17; large, £19, Rockett St George.

Festive napkins

A great Christmas tablescaping idea is to place holiday-themed napkins on top of the place sets. They can either match your festive tablecloth or be in a pop of colour that is found in your scheme. So, set them nicely on top of your plates and add a napkin ring or decoration for a statement look.

Festive table setting with Villeroy & Boch’s Anmut Gold Collection and festive napkins
Pared-back but chic festive table setting with Villeroy & Boch’s Anmut Gold collection, and MetroChic gold cutlery.
Modern rustic aesthetic with festive napkins
If you love the modern rustic aesthetic, why not include rattan, linen and wooden accents in your festive tablescape? Pair of Camilla waxed Italian linen placemats in Pair of Denim, £45; Rattan charger in brown, £14; Pair of basket weave plates with green trim, £32; Pair of Georgia linen scalloped napkins in Forest Green, £48, all from Rebecca Udall.
White Christmas tablescaping ideas  with stars
If you are not a fan of napkin rings, then why not add a festive touch through the Alpine Fir Christmas napkin decorations set of four, £20, and Cotton heads festive decoration set of four, 10, both from Dress for Dinner?
Reindeer napkins for Christmas tablescape  and dried orange foliage
Silver and gold reindeer Nordic style Christmas napkins, £15, Ragged Rose.
Christmas tablescaping ideas with Cuisinart salt and pepper grinders
Seasoning mill, £50, Cuisinart.

Stand-out foliage and Christmas centrepieces

You can never go wrong with Christmas foliage in your festive tablescaping scheme. Thus, choose traditional foliage with lots of red and green for a classic look or try a contemporary design with neutral tones and lots of pine cones.

House of Hackney lamps on Christmas table
Next on the Christmas tablescaping ideas roundup – how about table lamps for a cosy look? Ananas lampstand in Lapis Lazuli, £545; Hollyhocks Tilia lampshade in Winter, £395; Reusable crackers in Winter, £195; Serpentis candelabra, £195, and Hollyhocks Winter wallpaper, £195 per roll, all from House of Hackney.
Festive foliage with tiny white trees
Light up brush trees forest in white, £65, and Four golden bells napkin rings, £12.50, all from Cox & Cox.
Christmas tablescaping ideas with berry centrepiece
You can never go wrong with a classic Red berry advent wreath and ivory TruGlow candle table decoration, £99.99, lights4fun.
Maximalist Christmas tablescaping ideas with green plates and lots of pine cones
More of a maximalist? Then choose The Wild Child Set in green, from £150, with velvet and diamante napkin ring set of four in Berry, £48, Setting Pretty.

Simple décor

Go for a minimalist theme this Christmas with a touch of greenery as your centerpiece, sophisticated glasses and monochromatic dinnerware. So, you can also place some tealight candles to warm up the scheme but also add that cosy feeling.

Luxurious Christmas tablescape in all white
Keep it simple with a touch of glam with help from luxurious tableware. Image:
Simple Christmas tablescaping ideas with a Scandi influence
The Scandi-inspired theme is growing in popularity – from wooden textures to neutral décor, and I personally love it! Paper ornaments, from £5.95; Charida brass wire Christmas tree display stand, £90; Set of two twisted candles in Walnut, £12, all from Rose & Grey.
Frosted wine glasses and white plates, tealights and small pine brances
These frosted wine glasses from the Mist Collection, £40, from LSA International complete this modern rustic scheme.
Rustic Christmas tablescaping ideas perfect for a countryside-inspired look
Love modern rustic schemes? So do we! Pure Morris Willow Bough side plate, £11; Cherwell side plates in white, from £5; White wine glass, £8, and Glass tealight holder in grey, £4, all from Cotswold Company.
Christmas tablescaping ideas with pretty snowflake dishes
Keep the décor simple and make space for your festive dishes on the table for easy access. French oven snowflake cocotte in White Truffle, £229, STAUB.
Christmas tablescaping ideas with figs and pomegranates
Vintage glassware, from £4.95, and Salvage dining tables, from £1550, Home Barn.
White napkin set with guest name
Go for an all-white Christmas theme with silver accents and minimalist festive touches like snowflakes, sleigh bells and greenery. Montecarlo white napkin set of four, £24, The Fine Cotton Company.

But show your dining chairs some love too…

So, where do you start? Grab some fabric, be it a linen napkin or a glittery material, seasonal greenery and festive tree decorations, and tie them together around your dining chair. Or why not go bold with stand-out dried foliage? Have fun with this and come up with your unique design.

Chair decoration with pampas grass for Christmas tablescaping ideas
Dare to go bold? Emmie dining chair, £129; Maddox Trestle dining table, £529; Dried pampas natural grass bundle 75cm, £10; Dried White Gypsophila bundle, £10; Dried natural wild daisy bundle, £10; Dried broom grass natural 100cm, £7, and Eucalyptus tablecloth Silver Jacq 230cm, £22, all from Dunelm.
Scandi-inspired chair decoration with stars and greenery
Set of four linen napkins, £30, set of three Woodbridge starts, £33, from Garden Trading.

Lastly, got a nice and heated dining spot outdoors?

If the answer is yes, then why not safely place foliage around the fireplace and rustic wooden coasters? So this way, you can take the party outdoors to enjoy some festive drinks.

Halo fire pit for outdoor Christmas tablescaping ideas
Halo 3K corner sofa and stone glass fire pit, from £3375, Moda Furnishings.

In conclusion, there are lots of Christmas tablescaping ideas to get your creativity going, no matter your style. So, from simple and Scandi, to modern-glam or full-on rustic, remember to have fun and put a personal own twist on your setup.

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