Create a simple farmhouse Christmas table this holiday using these easy and affordable decorating and styling tips! Post includes a step by step video tutorial on how to fold Christmas tree napkins!
Tablescapes are kind of my thing. I love them! I love the challenge of creating different looks that don’t cost a fortune and leave your guests and family members feeling special. I often share tips on how to create beautifully styled tables in our formal dining room. But today I wanted to show how easy it is to create a casually elegant table in an everyday space. We affectionately refer to this room as “the breakfast room” but we eat three squares in here on the daily.
Read on for my seven easy and obtainable tips to creating a simple farmhouse Christmas table! I shared many of these tips as I was creating the tablescape in realtime on my Instagram Stories. Click here to follow me on Instagram!
Christmas Table Setting Tip 1: In lieu of a tablecloth or placemats, use tea towels.
Tea towels are inexpensive, cute, and they wash up great. I grabbed this pack of four tea towels at Walmart for under $7. Place a tea towel under each setting as a placemat and extra napkin.
Christmas Table Setting Tip 2: Use charger plates to make the table feel special!
Each night when we set the table for dinner, I rarely use chargers. Chargers are for “special meals” and my kids know that if the chargers are out the meal is going to be memorable! For this table I used two chargers making it doubly special! I liked the way the gold and wood slices looked together so opted for both. You can shop my gold chargers here and the wood slice chargers here.
Christmas Table Setting Tip 3: Fold your napkin into the shape of a Christmas tree.
Folding your fabric napkins into fancy shapes is fun and costs nothing but a few minutes of time! I will show you exactly how to do fold a napkin in less than 2 minutes. Watch the video below with sound on to here my verbal instructions.
How to Fold Christmas Tree Napkin
Christmas Table Setting Tip 4: Display silverware creatively and add something unexpected!
Don’t ever be scared to break some rules and display your dishware in unique ways. Silverware doesn’t always have to be placed properly. Try tying it up with some twine or ribbon and displaying it in the center of your plate as a cute table accessory! You can shop my rose gold silverware here. I also flipped the water glasses upside down and placed small bottle brush trees underneath, creating a snow globe effect. This simple touch adds a bit of whimsy to the table and made my boys smile!
Christmas Table Setting Tip 5: Use name card holders to embellish the table and make guests feel special.
I found these adorable mini-mason jar name-card holders in Target’s dollar spot a few years ago. Name cards instantly make a table feel special. If assigned seating isn’t your thing, write cute quotes or inspirational sayings on the cards instead. They dress up the table, are affordable, and don’t take a lot of time to create.
Christmas Table Setting Tip 6: Use clippings from the yard to create a centerpiece.
We have numerous little Christmas tree saplings growing on our property. I cut the tree using gardening shears, placed it inside an old vitamin bottle filled with water, and stabilized the bottle in the center of the galvanized pail using plastic grocery bags we had on hand. You could also use tissue paper or newspaper to stabilize the bottle. I covered the top of the grocery bags with round wood slices that I cut (years ago) using a chop saw. Wine corks, rocks, buttons, or small Christmas ornaments would also look cute as a covering.
Christmas Table Setting Tip 7: Dress up chair backs with mini wreaths, floral picks, or floral swags.
I embellished some faux tree branch picks to create decor for the backs of my chairs. I simply bent the pick wire underneath the swag to hide it from view and then tied a small loop with fishing line at the end of the pick. Next, I stuck a corsage pin into the chair backs at an angle and hung the fishing line on the beaded corsage pinhead. See the picture below for reference. Dressing up the backs of chairs is a beautiful and simple way to elevate your table.
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Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you find these simple tips useful in creating your own beautiful farmhouse tables. For more Christmas table setting inspiration, please click the links below to see Christmas tables created by my talented blog friends!
Ella Claire | anderson + grant | Home Stories A to Z | Julie Blanner
Dear Lillie | My Sweet Savannah | French Country Cottage | Rooms for Rent
Craftberry Bush | Boxwood Avenue | Inspired by Charm | Nina Hendrick Design Co.
Love Grows Wild | Zevy Joy | Maison de Cinq | Liz Marie Blog
Julie Blanner says
Wow! So beautiful. I love the use of an evergreen tree i your holiday decor. Truly a timeless Christmas setting!
Thanks so much Julie!
I love the bells on the wall display. Where did you find them?
Thanks! They are from Walmart! I have an entire post with all the product source links for this room here if you’re interested: https://www.homestoriesatoz.com/decorating/farmhouse-christmas-tips-on-how-to-affordably-decorate-christmas-shelves.html
I love your table display. You do such a good job and always have so many neat ideas. In fact, I’m going to make the Christmas tree napkins for my daughter. Thanks for all the tips and great ideas.
Thanks so much Debbie!
Beautiful table. I love the texture that comes from you mixing both chargers. Looks wonderful!
Thank you Christine!
This table is so pretty Beth!! Love the tea towels, and especially those adorable swags on the chairs! And the bell arrangement on the wall is seriously stunning – LOVE!!
so great to be “hopping” with you again:)
Jamie | anderson + grant says
So many creative ideas in this post, Beth! I love how you folded the napkin into the shape of the tree.
Thank you so much Jamie!
Beth, you are the tablescape master! I’m always looking for ideas for my small round table and you never disappoint! Love the idea of using tea towels!
Thanks Leen! There is a shortage of good table decor ideas for small tables! I need to do more. 🙂