Showcase a beautiful dining room table this year for your holiday feast.
As you are getting ready to celebrate this holiday season, hosting Christmas dinner may be the last thing on your mind. But if there is one area you want to spice up with festivity for your holiday meal it's your dining room.
So how can you make the most of your Christmas tablescape without being over the top and still providing space for necessary dinnerware? Creating neutral Christmas decorations for your table is the key!
Learn how to set up neutral Christmas table decorations that will take your classy Christmas tablescapes to the next level.
How to Create Neutral Christmas Table Decorations in 5 Easy Steps
Looking for that perfect Christmas centerpiece to complete this year's holiday decorations? Let me help you come up with an elegant holiday table using natural elements and a neutral color palette.
Step 1 - Choose a Main Christmas Table Centerpiece
What could be more important than choosing a beautiful decoration for the center of your table. Because the theme is very simple and naturalistic, I also wanted a holiday centerpiece that would reflect that mood.
This dark and solid piece candle holder is large in size but not overwhelming to look at. Using the black candles instead of white candles helps blend in well with the color scheme and additional decor.
Any type of candles, votive candles or lights are a great idea for centerpieces because they are elegant while providing additional lighting features.
Step 2 - Add a Greenery Base
You'll then create a neutral base of fresh greenery surrounding your centerpiece. Evergreen branches or some type of garland are perfect for this. You'll want your base to cover the majority length of your dining table.
Use at least two types of garland or greenery for added elegance and fullness.
I am using two garlands of the real touch Norfolk variety. I added a layer of faux eucalyptus greens to make it look more authentic and full. You can't go wrong with an abundance of greenery.
Here are some additional tips for decorating with faux plants and faux branches.
If you don't like the idea of using greens with your Christmas table settings, you can also replace it with a neutral colored Christmas table runner. Any shade of taupe, gold, cream, silver or black would be lovely natural colors.
I also added the same Norfolk garland as an accent on my light fixture over my dinner table.
Step 3 - Embellish Greenery with Accessories
A great way to embellish your greenery and make it more full is to add accessories. You'll want to include a variety of items. Some can be more subtle while others stand out a bit more. Here is what I used for embellishment with my neutral Christmas decorations.
- Pine cones - classic or flocked will work for your decorated table.
- Dried baby's breath - adding in another plant makes a perfect addition. The white hues create a beautiful pop of light coloring against the green backdrop.
- DIY ornaments - The metallic shades of these painted Rub n' Buff ornaments tie in wonderfully to the neutral coloring while also creating a shimmering display. See how I made them here.
Additional Items to Embellish Your Greenery
- Candy canes
- Using wooden beads or felt garlands - make a DIY felt garland here.
- Fairy lights - add these for some extra sparkle.
- Cinnamon sticks are neutral colored and fragrant.
- Additional ornaments
- Small Christmas trees are fitting for your tabletop as a main centerpiece or as smaller accessories.
Step 4 - Neutral Decor Christmas Table Settings
Finding gorgeous dishes to create your table settings will be an additional focal point on your holiday table. You will also want to layer your dishes for added texture.
I chose Stoneware black round plates and accompanying smaller light gray ones with a golden accent. The natural coloring flows really well together with the opposite coloring.
Simple and solid color dinnerware like this Stoneware is easy to style and change out for any occasion.
Patterns are also nice, but solids are easy to mix and match and create a timeless look.
Step 5 - Complete the Look with Plate Setting Accessories
The final step is to complete your table with accessorizing your plate settings. Add just a touch of Christmas with these adorable wreath napkin holders. Some may prefer to use crisp white napkins for a more polished appearance, but I used linen black napkins and folded them inside the wreaths.
If you want something a little more awe-inspiring, you can take your napkins one step further and create these adorable Christmas trees. I love the simple elegance on each place setting. See how I did it here!
For the pom pom on top: I cut a ¼" dowel down to 5 ¾" and hot glued a grey pom pom on to it.
The gold silverware is icing on the cake as it reflects the metallic tints in the ornaments and the wood hues of the table.
Complete your design with name cards at each place setting.
Disposable Plates for Neutral Christmas Decor
If you are lacking the means to display the holiday table decorating you desire, disposable plates are great options for working with limited budget.
This same look can be achieved with a few swaps. I ordered these black disposable plates and had these white plates with scalloped gold edges. They tie in perfectly with the golden silverware.
The look is so classy! The best part is that you would never know these were disposable. A budget-friendly option makes this elegant look more affordable if you don't have a dinnerware set.
Neutral Christmas Table Decorations
This festive, but minimalistic table setting is perfect to celebrate Christmas Day, New Year's Eve or even a holiday family dinner.
Neutral Christmas table decorations aren't your thing? Try this traditional red and gold holiday tablescape.
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