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The children’s table is probably one of my favorite things to decorate for Christmas. I may pull out some of my favorite place settings, but I change it up a little each year. This year’s theme combined plaid flannel and Santa to create Santa’s Plaid Christmas Kids Table.

Christmas children's table by The Party Teacher - 49

Here’s how to recreate this look. Since the plaid was the star of the show, I focused on red as a base for the plaid.

Start with a red tablecloth. (I actually used a $5 throw from Ikea.) Lay two yards of plaid flannel fabric crossways; my fabric came from Hobby Lobby, but I don’t see it on their site right now.

Layer on red woven placemats, then red napkins, white dinner plates and red salad or dessert plates. (These are all from my collection; having solid colors makes the plates super useful.)

Because this year has been completely insane, I added red polka dot face masks to each place setting.

The red-handled silverware is from WalMart, and I’m sure you can find something that’s better quality, but this is child-sized, which is nice for the littles.

Add a Santa water goblet and a mug for cocoa. The mug is from Dollar Tree and the goblets were hand-me-downs from my SIL, but I’ve seen them on Etsy and Ebay. I added Wilton peppermint spoons to the mugs.

I always like to have a little party favor on my tables, and this can be anything you like. I used brown kraft boxes and tied them with red grosgrain ribbon. (You could also keep the boxes empty and let guests take home leftover treats in them.)

To my chairs, I added Santa hat chair covers — also a Dollar Tree find. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality.

For the centerpiece, I made a charcuterie board of Christmas treats. I’ll have a tutorial for you next week, but the board included these treats (mainly from Sprouts):

  • Platter (mine is 19 inches long x 12 inches wide)
  • Santa cookies and plaid cookies by Sugar Mama Sheryl
  • Mint candies
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate and peppermint coated marshmallow pops (Tuesday Morning)
  • Pirouline wafers
  • Mini vanilla cupcakes that I rolled in sprinkles
  • Peppermint sticks
  • Shortbread cookies
  • Brown butter Rice Krispies Treats

If you’re trying to save a little money this Christmas and want to simplify things, making your desserts do double-duty as your centerpiece is the way to go. I bought all my treats and simply added sprinkles to the mini cupcakes. Think of how big your kiddos’ eyes will be when they sit down to a table full of desserts! (Sure, they may not eat as much of the actual food, but it’s Christmas: let them go wild.)

P.S. If you need help organizing everything for Christmas, try my Christmas Season Planner. You can grab your copy for just $9.99 and use it year after year. The planner is undated, so you’re never behind and it’s not too late to whip December into shape.

Christmas Season Planner Cover

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