Christmas table decorations can add enchantment, meaning and beauty to any meal. If you are searching for inspiration for your own Christmas table settings and centerpieces, you will want to sit for a while and explore the following ideas with me. Our church has an annual Christmas luncheon that has been going on for years. The women of our church really look forward to this event, and the table decorating is a highlight. Everyone comes early to browse by all the tables and see the creativity and beauty. I went this year and was walking around all the Christmas table decorations. About halfway around the room it hit me – “This is a blog post.” It seems that my mind seems to think in blog posts now that I’ve fallen in love with blogging. I went back to the beginning with my little cell phone and took pictures of a number of the tables. All the pictures were taken with my cell phone in a dimly lit room, so I’m sorry for the pictures that aren’t of the quality I normally like to provide. I didn’t have time hit all of the tables before the event began, but I was able to capture a number of tables that should inspire your own Christmas tablescape. The theme of this woman’s luncheon was “Amazing Grace,” and what a great focus it was as we learned about the grace offered to us through faith in Jesus.
Here is a gold Santa Claus table. Yes, there is debate as to whether to “do Santa.” We do in our home. We believe in a child’s imagination. The real St. Nicholas was a model of generosity. I have no problem re-inacting this idea in pretend play. I know there are different beliefs, and I respect that. For our family, we embrace the fun but try and teach the joy of giving.
I love the wintery, blue, snowman table here. The table leaders are in charge of inviting friends to their table. It’s an opportunity to invite new people to a church event and an opportunity to get them to hear about the hope in Jesus.
The table leaders are encouraged to give gifts to their table members. Keep your eyes out for these at each table. The coffee mug filled with chocolate is the gift at the table above. I hope you can see the nativity set bringing meaning at the center of the table above.
Nutcrackers are always a classic choice.
The table above made me feel like I was celebrating Christmas in Europe.
Speaking of Europe, the table leader above gave her guests “poppers.” I was introduced to these when I lived in England, and it’s a fabulous tradition and a fun addition to the plates at a table.
The picture above is a little dark, but it focused on the angels and manger scene in a lavish gold color.
I love the gold dove on the gift bags above with the beautiful manger scene emphasizing the whole reason for this season.
I am in love with these plates that have the silver-gray branches and a simple, little red bird. To do the beautiful silver placemats and chargers with the pops of red is just great design. I didn’t capture it well, but there was a branchy tree in the center. This was one of my favorite designs.
I love classic Christmas colors, but I really enjoy when people break out of that idea like the table above.
I love the take home gifts at the table above. There was chalkboard paint on the top of the mason jar, and they had hot chocolate, Starbucks beans and a few other (I’m forgetting what else now) inside of the mason jars. Fun idea.
The two pictures above are from the same table. This is another table that broke away from traditional colors. It screams festive though. I love the peacock feathers, and I wish I had captured the centerpiece better. The fun, colorful jingle bells around the napkins is a fun idea. It feels a little like a Mardi Gras Christmas.
The above pictures are of another one of my favorite tables. The woman hosting this table owns a yarn shop. The people she invited all sat and knit during the luncheon. You really had to see this table in person, but it was fabulous, festive, and fun. It obviously had a designers eye involved.
My mother-in-law loves doing table decor, and she hosted a beautiful table. I love the simple white Christmas trees in the center paired with a more traditional plate. We were able to capture of picture (blurry – sorry) of our table group. You can see that the men of the church serve us for this luncheon. It’s a fun way to bring in this season, and I hope it has provided some ideas for you as you go to set your own Christmas tables.