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My Christmas Dinner Table Setting

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

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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.

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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.

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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.  :-)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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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21 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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!