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Decorating for Christmas can be such a whirlwind. Before you know it, it’s Christmas day and you have decorated every inch of your home but completely forgotten about a place setting for dinner!

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all of the options, try these 5 simple Christmas table decor ideas in preparation for your holiday celebration.

runner of Christmas ornaments, votive candles, and faux greenery on a table

If you’re anything like me, you’ll still be scrambling to finish shopping, wrapping the gifts, and check all the items off of the Christmas bucket list halfway through December. Chances are, you haven’t even given thought to decorating the dinner table for your Christmas meal.

red and green Christmas ball ornaments on a table with gold votive candle holders and artificial greenery

To keep things minimal but cheery try these simple Christmas table decorations for a beautiful table setting. You’ll have a festive look for the holiday season in no time!

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How Do You Decorate a Christmas Table?

Decorating a Christmas table doesn’t have to be expensive or require you to be an expert decorator. By picking a color scheme, incorporating some natural elements such as evergreen branches, adding ornaments and interspersing votive candles you’ll create a gorgeous table centerpiece perfect for the holiday.

This easy Christmas centerpiece is not only beautiful and festive but can easily be put together in less than 10 minutes!

1. Pick a Color Scheme

Picking a color scheme is the first step to putting together your Christmas table centerpiece. While I opted for traditional colors, I’m also a fan of using blue, rose gold, or different shades of green like the dark green and burgundy display I’ve done before during this time of year.

red and green Christmas ball ornaments on a table with gold votive candle holders and artificial greenery

2. Arrange Greenery

Whether you snip a few branches off your real Christmas tree for fresh greenery, pull some clippings from outdoors, or use faux garland, arrange some greenery in the shape of a table runner cascading down the center of the table.

ornament runner with white plates with red ornaments in the center

If you have a round table, you might have to go more circular than in a line form with the holiday decor. Of course, there are many different ways to make this display your own!

3. Place Spare Ornaments

Next, you’ll place spare ornaments that coordinate with your selected color scheme in the same line form over top of the greenery running down the dining table.

The best part? If you don’t have a bunch of spare colorful ornaments, dollar store ones are perfect and budget-friendly!

Last minute Christmas centerpiece idea

4. Intersperse Votive Candles

A great way to add a bit of cozy ambiance is to arrange a few votive candles throughout the display. The good news is you can find these very affordably at most dollar stores, craft stores, or even a thrift store will sometimes have them!

Festive Christmas table centerpiece using tree ornaments, votives and greenery

You can also use tall candle holders in place of these if you already have them on hand for your holiday centerpiece.

5. Place One Ornament on Each Plate

Have a few extra ornaments? Use them as place settings on top of each plate or bowl for the perfect addition to the table. If you’re picky about them moving around, a little bit of frosting on the bottom keeps them in place and is food safe.

You can also explore other items such as pine cones, candy canes, or traditional place cards made of card stock for the middle of your plates.

red ornament on a white plate

There you have it! A gorgeous table ready for your Christmas dinner gathering. Of course, feel free to put your own personal touch on this display and have fun giving a festive makeover to your holiday tablescape.

By using these quick Christmas table decoration ideas as inspiration you too can create an easy holiday table in a flash!

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  1. Mary Evans says:

    Love the decorations in the center of your table. Very easy, simple and does not cost a lot and very fast to put together. Thanks, I believe I found my forever centerpiece for my table. Merry Christmas to you and your Family