7 Creative Ideas to Set a Christmas Table

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I love to set a table and I am so excited to share with you today the seven creative ideas I used to set a Christmas table.

I have set a lot of Christmas tables over the years. This one is one of my very favorites. I hope that you are inspired to try one or two, or all seven of these ideas!

Today I am sharing Seven Ideas to Set a Christmas Table. At first, I thought I would share ideas from seven different tables I had already created.

But then I got an idea.

What if I set a table that had seven creative ideas all in one? That would be a fun challenge.

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So I created this table. And I love it.

I cannot wait to share my seven Christmas table-setting ideas with you!

Seven Creative Ideas to Set a Christmas Table

#1 Use Everything You Already Own to Set a Formal Table

You know how much I like to set a table! Over the year one of my favorite things has been to set a Christmas table. 

But this one is different. It is more formal and everything on it was something I already owned.

I came up with a silver and gold theme and decided to set a formal table. It’s funny because originally I started out with a “rustic” idea and yet this is how it ended up! 

In case you are wondering how I come up with my table-setting ideas, I always look at what I already own first. For this table that was easier said than done. It required going into the attic space (on our third floor) and pulling out all of my Christmas decorations. I also had to go into the Carriage House and pull out all of the Christmas decorations stored there. (I know you are wondering why I have Christmas decor stored in different places, but I am pleased to say that all of my Christmas decor is now happily together on the third floor.)

Once I could see everything all in one place, it was easy to come up with this Silver and Gold theme. I created a list with lots of silver and gold items that you can access here.

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# 2 Repurposing What You Don’t Have

I am the queen of repurposing. I love using things for a purpose other than what they were intended.

For vases, I have used vintage cheese molds, glass battery jars, and brick molds (to name a few). For my everyday glassware, I use mason jars. I have a lot of vintage windows hanging on the walls inside our home and I use vintage crocks to store everything.

As this table was coming together, I realized I needed an off-white placemat. If you look at the linen placemats on my table you probably can’t tell that they are actually napkins! I am not sure why I don’t own an off-white set of placemats but improvising works fine by me. All I had to do was iron the napkins flat and the problem was solved.

 #3 Creating a Pendalogue Forest Centerpiece

Don’t ever hesitate to use something other than flowers in the center of your table. For this table, I pulled out some of my small trees and used them to decorate the center of my table.

I wanted to set the table with my bobeche trees. I love the crystals and found these trees at Pottery Barn (on sale, of course) and I absolutely love them. Who would have thought that the proper name for the crystals on these trees is not bobeche, it is pendalogue. Huh? Apparently, a pendalogue is a large cut glass or crystal prism in a semi-teardrop or pear shape. (If you are curious, a bobeche is usually a glass collar on a candle socket to catch drippings or a chandelier to hold suspended glass prisms.) 

#4 Use Vintage Items

Over the years I have collected a lot of vintage glassware (and china and silver) at flea markets. I bought the gold-rimmed glasses at the Rose Bowl flea market over ten years ago. I bought a set of 24 glasses for $25. For some reason I rarely use them and I am so happy that they made their premiere showing on my blog today.  

I also collect Cranberry Glass and colored glassware that I recently bought online for super cheap.

#5 Add a DIY – Gilded Pears 

I bought some inexpensive pears online last month with plans to do something to them for Thanksgiving. That didn’t happen so I decided to cover them with (faux) silver and gold leaf. (Ok, to be totally honest, I was originally going to do them in all silver but I didn’t have enough metal leaf in my craft room. So I decided to use gold too and I am so happy with how they turned out.)

If you have never used metal leaf before, it is so much easier than it looks. Here are the pears after I finished them.

This is what they looked like before.

What You Need to Make Gold and Silver Leaf Pears

Six Faux Pears

Metal Leaf Adhesive

Gold, Silver and Rose Leaf Sheets

Water Based Sealer

To learn how to make these, watch the video here.

#6 Quotes for Placecards 

I have shared a lot of ideas for place cards and today I am trying something totally different. It is such a fun idea and I cannot wait for my family to experience it. 

I did some research and found quotes that fit each member of our family perfectly. (The easiest way to do this is to come up with one word that describes the person, such as baseball. Then search for “quotes about baseball.” I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun this was!)

I printed the quotes on card stock and cut them down and placed them under the gilded pears. 

When it is time for dinner, I will open the dining room doors and each person gets to find which quote is theirs. This is fun because I am sure my boys will have fun figuring out who all of the quotes belong to!

The quote on the table above is by Steve Prefontaine. It is Andrew’s favorite quote and everyone in our family will know in a nanosecond that this is his place setting. The others are a bit harder to figure out, I promise.

#7 Add an Unexpected Decor Item

I love to decorate the backs of our dining room chairs. To coordinate with my theme, I pulled out some of my mercury glass ornaments and tied them on with a bow. 

Even the simplest of items can have a huge impact on your table setting.

I hope you like the beaded chargers I pulled out from the basement. I haven’t used these in years either. Sometimes a fresh perspective is what we all need to set a Christmas table.

Gold and Silver Table Ideas to Set a Christmas Table

Below are some really pretty silver and gold glassware items that I love. Check out the items below for everything you need!

Some ideas for you to create your own gorgeous centerpiece!

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34 Comments

  1. Your table is absolutely beautiful. I love the colors and how everything works together. Such a great idea putting the ornaments on the cake stand. I will be saving this post for future inspiration!

  2. Love this post. It’s very pretty. I was wondering where you had gotten those beautiful crystal christmas trees on the table. They’re gorgeous.

  3. Leslie, It is absolutely stunning! I love pulling together things I already have and using them in new ways. I love the glass trees. I’m so mad though! I had a bunch of gold leaf I tossed, because I had not used it in years and it’s such a pain….if only I had held on to it, because your pears inspired me! ugh! ha-ha. Maybe I’ll have to re-invest…with a coupon of course! Have a very blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas!

  4. Absolutely beautiful! I have always hung small wreaths on back of my chairs but love your ornament idea.
    I will be copying some of your table ideas!

  5. I love how you put the smaller Christmas plates on top of your gold dinner plates. Where can I buy them? I have my mothers gold and white plates. And use them every year. Thanks

  6. Dear Leslie,

    Thank you for all of your wonderful festive ideas. You really have an eye for design and vision for bringing everything together. You are a generous host.

    Best,
    Amey

  7. Leslie, Your table is gorgeous and love your seven ideas to decorate but the quotes for each guest is my favorite. Can’t wait to try for our holidays. Have a wonderful vacation this week.

  8. I also love setting my table. That is the first thing I do each change of seasons. I, like you, have collected dishes for years and love using them in new and varied ways. I already have 5 sets of Christmas China but I love those on your table.
    Happy Holidays and look forward to your post each day.

  9. I love all your table settings. Yes it helps tremendously to have such a wonderful stash of beautiful pieces to mix and match and somehow one little new piece suddenly brings it all to a new place. You inspired me to use my vintage pieces for our thanksgiving table this year and mixed with some new things it came out beautifully and is my favorite table I’ve ever done . I thought my pieces were no longer in style I think but everyone loved it all and especially the vintage plates ! Here’s to everything that was old becoming new again !

  10. Everything is stunning! Your video may have convinced me I need to make those pears…and those bows for the chairs. Thanks always for your beautiful inspiration.

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