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.
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.)
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