My favorite dinner of the year is always Christmas Eve dinner with my family, seated around a beautiful Christmas tablescape! I love to add a little touch of whimsy to my Christmas tables, like pops of pink and red bows!
I have always loved the tables of Christmas past, the ones set by our grandmothers with the formal china, fancy silver, and all the traditional holiday touches. I’m all about the Grandmillennial trend!
I tried to emulate my favorite elements from a traditional table setting (formal china, silver, glassware) with a few touches of pizzazz from pops of pink and bows for a magical Christmas table!
Last year, I had my second daughter and well, you can imagine how much pink I have around my home. It suits just fine because I adore the color! Have you seen our annual gingerbread house party? It’s a pink magical wonderland! So it was only natural that I fell in love with the added pops of pink to my Christmas table.
I encourage you to find an unusual twist to your Christmas table, maybe it’s pops of blue among the classic red or perhaps it’s pink too! You might just be surprised at how beautiful your table will look!
Favorite Elements of My Christmas Table
Gold & White Place Settings
The china I registered for when I got married is what I used on this table, Royal Crown Derby Elizabeth in gold. I know most people these days aren’t interested in formal china, but if you have a set (or your grandmother’s), Christmas is the perfect time to pull it out!
I layered the dinner plate on these gorgeous gold-rimmed white charger plates. They’re an investment, but I’ve used them time and time again for year-round entertaining.
I chose a classic gold monogrammed napkin. You can never go wrong with a gorgeous monogram napkin and gold on white is versatile enough to use throughout the year! A pretty pink bow in double-face satin added a feminine and whimsical touch.
A gold bell at each place setting is a simple and easy way to add a touch of holiday to your place settings. I found these at Target, but you can find silver or gold bells almost anywhere over the holidays!
I finished each setting with my favorite place cards, these scroll style calligraphy place cards. I highly recommend ordering your family’s names (I add in the grandparents too) on calligraphy place cards, pull them out year after year!
Christmas Table Decor
I kept the table decor very simple!
- Low arrangements of red roses, white tulips and pink peonies in Juliska vases.
- White taper candles in gold candlesticks and a variety of metallic and mercury glass votives.
- Silver bowls of peppermints, candy canes and clove-studded oranges. The kids adore these touches and everything smells amazing!
Truly I think my favorite elements of this Christmas table are the red and pink bows and the glowing ambiance created by the votives. Red bows make *everything* holiday-ready! The bows are the perfect touch of whimsy for a traditional Christmas Eve dinner (if you’re curious, roasted beef tenderloin is always on our menu).
On the back of each chair, I added a sparkling wreath and a pink satin bow. It’s these little touches that make a Christmas table so charming! Look for small wreaths at craft stores and add on with your favorite holiday ribbons.
Christmas Dinner Menu Ideas
- Easy Holiday Appetizers
- Roasted Beef Tenderloin (we have this every Christmas Eve)
- Christmas Punch
- Chocolate Chess Pie (from Raleigh’s famous Angus Barn restaurant)
- Brown Sugar Pie (my mother’s family recipe, this is always a hit)
And for more Christmas tablescape ideas, check out these below!