Our Christmas Table

Setting our Christmas Table

Whew! We've been setting a lot of tables around here. It all started with our Thanksgiving table, followed a week later by our Hanukkah table, and now we're gearing up for a Christmas table. We wanted to do something simple, with the traditional red and green. We will have many friends in town in the coming weeks, and impromptu entertaining will certainly happen. We put together this Christmas table in about 15 minutes. Here's the play-by-play. (View more photos in the gallery here)


I love using fruit on the table, and when I found these Red Simlax Berry Stems at Pier 1, I grabbed a few boughs. They were easily arranged in my favorite vase in the whole world.

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While at Pier 1, I also picked up a pack of these glass votive holders, which were later filled with fresh cranberries and used to house the place cards. See below for the easy-peasy directions for these place cards.

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I also picked up a few round tealight holders in red to accompany each place setting.

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Up to this point the table was pretty rosy, so I brought in a hearty dose of green with a set of green napkins we had on hand. The final result was a simple, easy to put together, Christmas-y table setting ready for a little holiday cheer.

To make the place cards, we used the following supplies:

  • Fresh cranberries 
  • Clear glass votive holders
  • Bamboo skewers 
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Sharpie
  • An old Snow & Graham calendar (I used the back page of the calendar which features place card sized images of the images used in the calendar). May I just say here, that SNow & Graham makes the most lovely everything. I adore their prints. 

Simple placecard supplies

I cut out all of the Snow & Graham designs that featured red or green, and wrote the names of our guests on each. I then taped them onto bamboo skewers and sunk them into the cranberry filled votives. The process took only a few minutes, and added a little personal touch to the table setting.

Want to see more photos? Click here to go to the gallery!

Do you have any favorite Christmas table setting traditions? Any tips for a quick table arrangement that can host an impromptu gathering? Please share your ideas in the comments. 

Some products in this post were provided by Pier 1 Imports. All opinions are 100% mine.

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