My Christmas Dinner Table Setting

Christmas dinner table setting ideas that are easy and affordable to create.


When I worked in retail display, my favorite part of the job was setting the tables for the seasons in the china department.  I think this is where my love of table setting came from.

We had a wide array of china to chose from, but had to be resourceful with what we paired with it – from traditional items the store sold to freebie items from nature that we would go outside and find. Spray painted tree branches were a favorite.

With my display background, I try to come up with a different Christmas table setting each year using what I already own and adding a few crafty DIY’s to the mix.

This year, I chose to use – white, green, and blue.  My dining room has turquoise accents that work well with the colors. My china is white which makes it easy to change what I do each year.  I used blue and white bowls that were handed down from Ed’s family as the color accent along with green ribbons.


Christmas is not Christmas in my house without having the Kosta Boda Snowball votive holders in use. My brother gave me one as a Christmas present many years ago and I have been collecting them ever since.

I like that I can keep them up all winter long, not just for Christmas.


I am using the place card holders and letter tiles that I wrote about using for Thanksgiving.  I think my sister and brother-in-law have perfect names for Christmas.  :-)


I usually use a tablecloth, but since I refinished the table a few months ago in a driftwood finish, I didn’t want to cover it up.

I decided to make placemats using textured wallpaper that I bought at Lowes.  It is sold right next to the bead board wallpaper.


It has an old-fashioned vintage feel to it that I like to see at Christmas. It reminds me of the perfect Christmases from my childhood.

I cut the wallpaper into 12 x 18 pieces and then set each place setting on the cut pieces.


For the table centerpiece, I used a preserved boxwood wreath that I found last year at an after-Christmas clearance sale. (It normally hangs on the door in my mudroom).

The candle holder is one of a pair that I bought at the thrift store and then transformed using DIY chalk paint.


Last year, I used sheet music with one of my favorite Christmas songs on it as placemats.


I used ornaments as place cards and made the centerpiece out of a log.


The year before I used paper snowflakes as placemats and burlap for the table cloth.  I even glittered the stems of the wine glasses.


And the year before that, I used mirror tiles as a table runner, jingle bells to make place cards, and Dollar Store candle holders as the centerpiece.

We make a filet every year served along with Yorkshire Pudding, Mozzarella Orzo Bake and Roasted Brussels Sprouts.  This year I want to make a Red Pepper soup. Pinot Noir usually fills our glasses.  For dessert – ice cream and Christmas cookies.

Are you hosting dinner this year or do you have a have a special way you like to set your table?  Your grandmother’s china, a certain color, or theme?

Easy and Affordable Christmas Table Setting Ideas

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  1. I love this! I especially love that it is relatively simple and looks actually realistic to recreate! I need to make those name tiles! I LOVE THEM! My family still uses paper ones from years ago- it would be nice to have something new. I created a simple centerpiece this holiday season too– I definitely wish I saw this post sooner so I could have utilized some of your ideas too! I bought these gorgeous (inexpensive) mercury glass votive holders from Uptown Simple and created a similar centerpiece to what they have picture with my own personal touches! Thanks for sharing!

  2. beautiful tablesetting. iI remember your “ice” votive holders from last year . iI bdt thdy are beautiful in tbe.evening I use greenery with tapers. my mothdr.uses the mirrored tiles like you showed Merry Christmas!

  3. Suzanne Gauvin says:

    HI! DIANE, I must say, i love them all. There lovely! then again you do wonderful work. I look forward to your site every day. Have a wonderful Christmas! Enjoy the New Year.. Suzanne

  4. Merry Christmas Diane.

    Thank you for all your fantastic Ideas. I love reading every one of them.
    I used a mini tree and a 18″ wreath on my island as the center piece the tree and wreath are heavily frosted and I put ultra mini lights on the tree — it is plain and simple I love it. I also placed the battery operated flicker tea lights inside the branches of the wreathl Then I set 3 place setting with snowflake placemats , red plates , white bowls and chritmas water glasses. I took alot of your ideas and made them work for me. Thank you again.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Cindy – Your decorations sound beautiful! Love that you are taking ideas you see here and making them fit your style. Merry Christmas

  5. The whole family is giving my MIL a dining room table, and I’m making a papier mache ornament of the table. I’ll be using your ideas in miniature–thank you!

  6. I LOVE your Lowe’s wallpaper/placemat idea! I had never thought of doing that and just might have to try it! Happy Holly Days! Ü

  7. All you table settings are so pretty Diane. Love the wallpaper placemats. Always so fun to see what you come up with. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

  8. Beautiful table settings that I will use for inspiration! I just recently started following your blog and love it? Merry Christmas!

  9. Helen Henkler says:

    You never cease to amaze me, Diane. Your table settings are beautiful… each one. May you and your family enjoy a wonderful Christmas season together.

  10. Carolyn B says:

    Your table settings are beautiful. I dream of having a diningroom one day to decorate. I have a small house, with a small eat in kitchen. I can fit six around my table, but we usually have 12 or more for dinner! I do all the cooking in the family and everyone comes to our house. Everyone just grabs a plate and finds a spot! At Thanksgiving I can put up a table in my livingroom, but with the tree up at Christmas you have to just eat where you can! LOL Makes for togetherness!

  11. Marianne B says:


    Beautiful table, and those votives are so interesting—can’t usually say that @ votives!!

  12. I am a guest at someone else’s home this christmas, so no table setting for me. Nonetheless, I love your blog and your ideas. I followed some of your advice and decorated my mantle differently this year, and I am so happy with the way it came out!

    I know this will be a special Christmas for you. My best wishes go to you and yours!

  13. Diane, exquisite table settings, each of them, so elegant and festive. Enjoying your website. Merry Christmas!

  14. Christina Makri says:

    Merry Christmas Diane for you and your family!!! Very glamorous table!!!

  15. Very pretty! I love the textured wallpaper as placemats!

  16. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    Fantastic as you always are….. I am thinking of you and your family and the loss of your father. And I am thankful you have the girls, Ed, & the rest of your family to love and comfort you.

    Merry Christmas! And God Bless!

  17. These are all beautiful, but the wallpaper is an amazing idea. I am almost always amazed at your ideas. With eight grandchildren from two months to 11 years, there isn’t as much fancy table setting around here as I love to do. I miss it, but I’d miss them more. :-)

    Merry Christmas!

  18. Merry Christmas Diane from my home to yours! Vikki in VA