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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.