My Christmas dining room decor this year is a bit of a high-low approach. My goal was to use mainly what I had in a new way. All I added was the wrapping paper and Merry Christmas wood centerpiece.

Simple styling tricks for your Christmas dining room by The Party Teacher

This look is really all about layering.

  • Use the wrapping paper as a table runner.
  • Add chargers, then dinner plate, salad plate and dessert place.
  • Add water and wine glasses (or Santa mugs for the kids).
  • Knot red napkins and add gold flatware. (So far, I only have the gold tone forks and need to buy rest of the sets.)
  • Add the chair decor that you like best.

To create a fuller look, you could add brass candle sticks or individual evergreen and berry arrangements down the center of the table.

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How to make ornament garlands

To make the ornament garlands, pick up several 24-piece shatterproof ornament sets. You’ll get about two feet of garland out of 40 ornaments.

  • Slide the hanger of the ornaments onto thin ribbon or floral wire.
  • Keep the ornaments about ¼-inch to ½-inch apart and turn them in different directions as you go.
  • Twist the garland into the shape you want on your table.

(For a more detailed tutorial about ornament garlands — and how to hang them — visit this post.)

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Simple sideboard decor

I want my sideboard largely available for desserts on Christmas Eve, so I’ve kept the design streamlined. In the meantime, I’ve done three simple things:

  • Add red ribbon to the items I normally display on the sideboard.
  • Add a wreath on a wreath stand (super-easy to remove).
  • Switch out red ornaments for the pears I usually keep in the white compote bowl.

Now my sideboard coordinates with the table, but it still functional and easy to load in with a buffet.

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P.S. If you’re wondering, yes, that is a jar of rocks on my sideboard. When one of my daughters was in preschool, she used to bring me a rock everyday. She acted like it was an awesome gift, but also, you could tell from her mischievous little smile that she knew it was a rock. I kept them all.

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