Easy and Elegant Christmas Table Decoration Ideas

Add sparkle and elegance to your holiday table with these Christmas table decoration ideas that are so easy you can do them at the very last minute.”

Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas

If you have been reading my recent posts, you know that I have been planning a birthday dinner for a friend of mine…which happened this past weekend.

And what does that have to do with easy Christmas table ideas you might ask? Well, let me tell you…

First, her birthday is in the middle of December so it always tends to be a “Christmas-y” event.

Second, it was supposed to be a sit down dinner for 12 people.

The morning of the dinner I found out that there were going to be 6 more people attending than I had planned for! That required an additional table to be set.  And extra table settings.  Not to mention a little extra anxiety 🙂

I didn’t have “extras” of the original table settings, so I had to come up with something that would co-ordinate, using things I already had on hand.

And to be honest, I like the way the table turned out so much I will probably use these easy decorating ideas in the future for tables that aren’t so last minute 🙂

Keep reading to see my easy and elegant Christmas table ideas that you can do at the last minute.

Use Wrapping Paper As A Runner

Wrapping paper makes a good table runner | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
Wrapping paper makes a good table runner

If you don’t have a runner or table cloth that goes with your Christmas decor, try using a piece of your Christmas wrapping paper.

Wrapping paper makes a good table runner | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
Wrapping paper adds some shine to the table

It’s usually fairly wide so you can even get away without place mats if you want to.

And you can throw it out at the end of the night so you don’t have to worry about someone dripping cranberry sauce on it!

If you don’t want to have any of the table showing, you could also layer the wrapping paper on top of a table cloth.

Put Tealights In Wine Glasses

A wine glass with a tealight candle | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
A wine glass with a tealight candle

Wine glasses actually make really good candle holders.  They’re about the right height and size for tea light candles.  If you have tealights in clear plastic containers, you can put them in the wine glass just like that.

Wine glasses make good candle holders
Wine glasses make good candle holders

Or if you prefer not to see the candle and you have some small tealight holders, you can put them inside a large wine glass to raise them off the table.

A stemless wine glass with sand and faux pearls | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
A stemless wine glass with sand and faux pearls

Stemless wine glasses work, too!  This one has some white sand and faux pearls around the candle.  The sand also prevents the bottom of the glass from getting too hot from the candle if you are worried about that. (I actually borrowed this idea from my Great Gatsby party decor).

Decorate a Tray

Add a candle, some evergreens and some Christmas ornaments to a tray | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
Add a candle, some evergreens and some Christmas ornaments to a tray

Add some Christmas decor to a tray to make an instant centerpiece.

Last Minute Christmas table centerpiece | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
Last Minute Christmas table centerpiece

I used a pillar candle with some evergreen branches, holly berries and Christmas ornaments.

Add a candle, some evergreens and some Christmas ornaments to a tray | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
Ornaments of different sizes make the centerpiece more interesting

I found that using ornaments with different shapes and sizes makes the centerpiece a little more interesting.

Fill a tray with Christmas ornaments | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
Fill a tray with Christmas ornaments

Another option is to fill up a tray with sparkly ornaments that go with your decor.

Steal From Your Tree

Use Christmas ornaments as napkin holders | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
Use Christmas ornaments as napkin holders

This is one of my favorite Christmas table ideas!

Christmas tree ornaments, like these butterflies, make great plate decorations.

Use a Christmas tree ornament as a plate decoration | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
This butterfly ornament came from my Christmas tree

I literally took these butterflies off the tree. That way you know they will go with your decor.

Use a Christmas tree ornament as a plate decoration | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
Ornaments from your Christmas tree will go with your decor

I have to admit that I have used this idea even when I’m not in a hurry.  A couple of year’s ago I used peacocks which worked really well for a peacock-inspired place setting.

Use White Lights

White Christmas lights, candles and ribbon | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
White Christmas lights, candles and ribbon

White string lights always look magical when their light is reflected off of glass and metal surfaces. Place them on top of the buffet with some candles, ornaments and ribbon to create a pretty backdrop for your table.

Some of you who know me are probably wondering why I didn’t use white feather boas (one of my favorite inexpensive Christmas decorations!) with the lights…I used them all up when I did my all white Christmas tree.  And I didn’t have time to go buy some more.  But I actually like the way it looks without the feathers, so I didn’t really miss them.

Last Minute Christmas table decor | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
Last Minute Christmas table decor

Don’t worry if you can see the wires…when the lights are on, you won’t really notice them.

If you happen to have them, lights with white wires would probably blend in a little more than the ones I had on hand with the green wires.

White candles and lights sparkle in the mirror on the buffet | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
White candles and lights sparkle in the mirror on the buffet

They look even better with a reflective surface under them…like the mirror top of my buffet, or the mirror chargers I used for my Silver and White table setting.

Christmas tray via nellyvintagehome.blogspot.com | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
Christmas tray via nellyvintagehome.blogspot.com

If you don’t have a mirrored surface, try a silver tray like this beautiful scene from Nelly Vintage Home.

Hang a Wreath

Hang a wreath over the buffet | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
Hang a wreath over the buffet

If you have a wreath, hang it above the buffet or in front of the window to add some holiday decor to the vertical surfaces.

Use a ribbon to hang the wreath on the wall or in front of a window | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
Use a ribbon to hang the wreath on the wall or in front of a window

I used some of the ribbon that I had left over from my all white Christmas tree to tie the wreath to the top of my dining room backdrop.

But you could do the same thing to hang it in front of a window or on the wall.

Add a Garland To The Chandelier

Add a garland to the chandelier | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
Add a garland to the chandelier

If you have a Christmas garland and a chandelier with arms, you can add instant holiday decor by wrapping the garland around the chandelier.

It is especially effective if you are also using evergreen branches in your centerpiece.

Have a Happy Holiday!

Last Minute Christmas table | Easy Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas
Last Minute Christmas table

If you’re in a position of needing some easy last minute Christmas table ideas, I hope you found some inspiration.

A wine glass with a tealight candle
A wine glass with a tealight candle

But in the end, the most important thing is to relax and enjoy the company!

I hope everyone has a happy holiday season!

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Easy and Elegant Christmas Table Decoration Ideas
Easy and Elegant Christmas Table Decoration Ideas
Easy and Elegant Christmas Table Decoration Ideas
Easy and Elegant Christmas Table Decoration Ideas

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