Fun & Festive Christmas Dinner Table Setting

When it comes to creating a fun and festive family dinner table this holiday season, look no further than this kid-friendly Christmas table setting I put together.

kid-friendly christmas table setting idea with candy canes and Santa face paper placemats.

This year with my family and grandkiddies spending Christmas with us, I wanted to set my round dining table in a fun and festive way that both young and old would enjoy.

You can easily create a merry dinnertime atmosphere with a classic red plaid tablecloth, nostalgic Santa face paper placemats, along with a few festive red and white decorations and a classic evergreen wreath.

Hester & Cook Pack of 12 Face of Santa paper placemats.

What really made the table setting come together though are these vintage Santa Paper Placemats from Hester & Cook. I designed the table setting around them.

Santa face paper placemat by Hester and Cook

The nostalgic look of the Santa face brings back many fond memories of Christmastime when I was a child.

The table setting has also been extra special for me to create as I had the very helpful assistance of my 4-1/2 year old granddaughter, Zoe, when setting the table so I could take the photos to create this post. :-)

Christmas Santa Dining Table Setting using Santa Claus face paper placemats by Hester & Cook

The rounder shape of the placemats work well on my round table as rectangular placemats always overlap and don’t look very nice.

6 x 6 large battery operated red candle with cedar wreath surrounding it on a round

I placed a faux cedar wreath around the bubble glass candle holder I keep on the table. I changed out the large white candle that I usually keep in it to a red battery-operated one. The red one is no longer available, but I have found a few similar. Links for these are at the end of this post.

I recently found the green felt snowflakes that I placed under a Kosta Boda Snowball candle holder at each place setting at HomeGoods.

Christmas round table set up with a red plaid tablecloth and Santa Claus face paper placemats.

The Seasons Greetings Double Old-Fashioned Glasses I have had for 39 years! I got this set of holiday glasses for free when I signed up for a Sears credit card when Ed and I were first married. They can be considered vintage now. I bring them out every December as it wouldn’t be Christmas at my house without using these glasses all season long.

Christmas table setting ideas red and white with plaid and Santa accents. Candy cane and jingle bell on plate for decoration.

I made the plaid napkins for each place setting using the leftover fabric from the Plaid Christmas Stockings I made for the fireplace mantel in my living room.

A candy cane with a jingle bell and holly cutout tied on add a sweet little detail on the dinner plates.

Santa Placemat Styling Ideas

When using the Santa placemats on a dining table, you can get creative with how you style them. They can be used individually as placemats like I did or scattered down the center of a long table as a runner.

Vintage Santa face paper placemat on table with holly pattern tablecloth

One way to style them on your table is to place your plate directly in the center of the placemat.

Two different plate placement and styling ideas when using Hester & Cooks Santa placemats.

You can also try offsetting your plate for a different look for your table.

They can even be used as a Christmas decoration anywhere around your home as wall art, on doors, windows and more.

christmas table setting ideas for kids

One of my favorite decorative things to do in my house is setting a festive table. Setting the Santa table for Christmas this year has been a true joy.

More Christmas Table Setting Ideas & Inspiration

I have set my holiday dinner table in a different way every year. For more Christmas dining table setting ideas, here you will find all my past Christmas Table Setting Ideas I have shared over the years.

Here are a few of the most popular:

If you like Vintage Santa faces as much as I do – here is a link to the post to get my free Santa Face Gift Tags.

Fun and festive Christmas table setting idea for kids of all ages using Santa face placemats and candy canes.

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  1. It’s perfect for your Christmas this year with your grandchildren, and what a lovely memory you’ve made with your granddaughter!

  2. What an adorable table, Diane! I’m sure your grandchildren love it!

  3. Your table is beautiful and so ready for Christmas. Red is my favorite color and Santas are my game as well. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  4. Thank you,Diane, for all your beautiful decorating ideas. I have really enjoyed receiving your newsletter and especially look forward to your Sunday edition. I’m happy to hear you have your dear family staying with you this season. May you all enjoy a very Merry Christmas!

  5. Darling! I bet Zoe had fun helping you!

  6. Lovely! We had the same glasses growing up!

  7. Patti_is_knittinginflashes says:

    How fun and special!
    I love using cloth napkins and we use them everyday. Those vintage Santa placemats are clever and a great way to make your table so much more fun for you grandkiddies.
    Love you style and ideas that I can adapt for myself.
    Thank you.