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Christmas Table Settings & Christmas Table Decoration Ideas From Europe & The Americas

christmas table centerpiece with jam jars and floating candles
Xmas table centerpiece with jam jars & floating candles

The 20 Christmas table settings on this page were all part of last year's Dream Home Decorating Christmas Contest.

The sheer fun, inventiveness and diversity of the participants' ideas was incredibly inspiring!

Many of these Christmas table settings come with excellent DIY instructions, so I'm hoping you'll make your own versions next Christmas :-)




Silver walnut tabletop Christmas tree as a centerpiece for Christmas dinner

First Prize:   Val's  Silver Walnut Tabletop Tree combines lavish looks and easy DIY, and her elegant place cards impressed us as well. If you want to copy this look, the elements are very easy to create. Val's entire Christmas table is a restrained mix of natural simplicity and sophistication, with a very effective color scheme. Congratulations, Val, you deserved to win!



christmas coffee table setting in red and white, with embellished glass candle holders & bauble centerpiece

Second Prize:   The folks at Craftideas.Info created a warm, wonderfully inviting Christmas Coffee Table Setting out of very inexpensive materials. Christmas ornaments hung from a T-bar stand, glass jars turned into table lanterns with the help of red craft sand, all set up with handsome finishing touches and a cheerful sparkle. We love it!



contemporary rustic christmas breakfast table setting in red, white and green

Third Prize:   Louise  laid a Rustic Christmas Breakfast table with handmade initials as place 'cards' and a beautiful long line of pine cone candle holders. Instructions for making are well illustrated and easy to follow. And the pared-down contemporary country look really shows off the natural beauty of the cones and the thoughtful decorative details of the setting. Yum!


There's more ... have a look around. Get inspired. Formal or casual, rustic, traditional, cool or whimsical Christmas table settings - it's all there. Enjoy!


Special Mentions ...

This contest produced some wonderful contributions that I really didn't see coming. For example, great storytelling! Check out Jessica's Xmas Picnic In Costa Rica for a jungle adventure complete with a visit from wild monkeys! Not quite your grandmother's Christmas table setting!

Annette submitted a meditative Advent table setting that traces the Journey of the Magi to Bethlehem through the four weeks of Advent, gradually moving them across the table towards the Holy Family and the manger. A beautiful, contemplative idea, and a Christmas dinner table that lasts a whole month!

Finally, there were several gorgeous, authentic Old World style decorating ideas for Christmas tables: Sabina's homage to her Grandmother (Switzerland), Marita's account of wreath making in her tiny Black Forest village (Germany), and Hans & Ursula's quirky and nostalgic Austrian Christmas table centerpiece.

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Christmas Table Settings!

Now, even though this Christmas Contest is over ...

... you can (and indeed you should :-) submit your own Christmas table decor ideas here. Be assured, you'll inspire folks around the world!

So go ahead and snap your Holiday table. Show it off in the best possible light, and tell us how you created it.

Have you got a styling tip, DIY tutorial, or crafty decorating detail to share? We want to know about it. Let your ideas inspire Dream Home Decorators around the globe!

  • All Christmas-themed table settings are welcome, from Advent coffee to Christmas dinner party.  Send us last year's Christmas table settings, 20th-century ones, or pre-Christmas mock ups if you want to show a few of your ideas!
  • You can submit a friend's or a family member's table, but your write up and photos must be your own. They can't be copied from any other source, and must not appear elsewhere on the web.

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Russian Christmas Table Decorations 
Traditionally we celebrate New Year's more than Christmas here in Russia, partly because we had 80 years of atheism, and partly because Orthodox Christmas

Silver Walnut Christmas Tree Centrepiece 
This is a Christmas table setting I made as a present for my best friend. I liked it so much that I *had* to photograph it before taking it over to her …

Christmas Table With Jam Jar Lighting 
I like my Christmas table settings excessively cheap, but of course without *looking* cheap in any way. This year, I used mostly what I had in …

Xmas in Arizona 
Setting the stage for a huge Holiday buffet begins with a display of glasses and drinks on a side counter in the newly renovated kitchen of Marsha (a game …

Christmas Tea For Two 
My Christmas Tea for Two turned into an homage to my Grandmother. Because all those knitted, crocheted, and handmade bobbin lace tea-cloths and doilies …

A 1940's Christmas! 
We have just moved into a 1940's house, which has not been decorated in 60 years, so everything just looks dated. We found our table in a skip to accommodate …

Advent Table: The Journey Of The Three Kings 
Every year at the beginning of Advent, we create a nativity scene with traditional wooden figures: the magi and their entourage, the shepherds with the …

Xmas Picnic In Costa Rica 
What started out as a couple of bachelorettes opting for a private picnic alone on Christmas, turned into a most appropriately miraculous day. We …

Austrian Christmas Table Decoration 
When we decorated the table for Christmas this year, we got inspired by the materials we had in the house. We made a centerpiece from the following …

Feast of the 7 Fishes Christmas Eve Table Setting 
The theme of my Christmas Eve table setting is the Feast of the 7 Fishes in a red and white color scheme. My children made the 7 stars you see hanging …

Advent Party Table 
We set this festive Advent table for my mother-in-law's 80th birthday party. The colour scheme was red, green, white and silver. Red: …

Christmas Coffee Table Setting 
There is nothing like sitting down at the table with good friends over a cup of hot coffee or tea during the holiday season. A decked table in the colors …

Black Forest Traditional: Advent Wreath 
Every year, about five weeks before Christmas, the women in my small village at the foot of the Black Forest come together to make Advent wreaths and …

Scandinavian Style Christmas Table 
We visit Denmark almost every year at Christmas time and are always awe inspired at the charming look of the windows of the homes and shops that are embellished …

Winter Wonderland Christmas Dinner Table 
I have always loved Christmas, it is my favourite time of year. It is not about the presents! It's all about the tradition of decorating your home for …

DIY Christmas Cakestand 
I have a green stoneware service from my aunt that I always use during Christmastime. I love it very much, but I always wished it had a cakestand, too. …

Black Snowflakes On My Christmas Table 
I will be hosting several small pre-Christmas dinner parties and was looking for a simple yet effective table decoration. I don't like centerpieces because …

Traditional Christmas Dinner Garland 
We always decorate our Christmas dinner table with a long evergreen garland that has fairy lights woven through it and a few Christmas ornaments sprinkled …

'Contemporary Rustic' Christmas Breakfast Table 
Having got a new kitchen recently, I decided that a special Christmas breakfast would be just the thing, with a view to the garden through our new large …

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