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 and elegant Christmas table decor ideas

Every year I say that I’m going to start getting ready for Christmas early. That I’m going to avoid all the stress and have everything done ahead of time.

But no matter how hard I try, I always seem to be rushing around at the last minute.

Which is how I’ve become quite the expert at creating really easy Christmas table decorations that don’t take a long time to put together.

So I thought I would share my favorite easy and elegant Christmas table decor ideas in case you want to simplify your holiday planning, too.

1 | Put Down Wrapping Paper As A Table Runner

This post may contain affiliate links. We make a small commission if you buy the products from these links (at no extra cost to you). As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. But we only recommend products we would use ourselves. For more information, click here to see our disclosures.
Silver and white Christmas table setting with an easy and elegant Christmas centerpiece

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.

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.

2 | Use Wine Glasses As Candle Holders

Christmas table with a wine glass used as a candle holder

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.

Simple candle holder made from a wine glass

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 Christmas candle holder made from a stemless wine glass filled 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.

Read the full tutorial on how to make these candle holders HERE.

Shop Candle Supplies

Click the images to find the product sources.

3 | Create Centerpieces From Trays

Christmas table centerpiece made from a tray filled with some evergreens, Christmas ornaments and a pillar candle
Last Minute Christmas table centerpiece

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

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

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

Tray filled with mirror ball Christmas ornaments on a buffet

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

Shop The Centerpieces

Click the images to find the product sources.

4 | Steal From Your Tree

Close up of a silver butterfly Christmas ornament used as a napkin holder on a place setting

This is one of my favorite Christmas table ideas!

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

I literally took these butterflies off my Christmas tree.

That way you know they will go with the rest of your holiday 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.

Shop The Place Setting

Click the images to find the product sources.

5 | Use String Lights and Ribbon

White Christmas lights, candles and silver ribbon on a buffet
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.

White candles with silver candle holders on a buffet
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, lights and ornaments used as Christmas decorations on a 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
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.

Shop The Buffet

Click the images to find the product sources.

6 | Hang A Wreath Indoors

Silver wreath hung over a buffet decorated for Christmas

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.

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.

7 | Add a Garland To The Chandelier

Evergreen Christmas garland hung around a 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!

Silver and white Christmas place setting
Last Minute Christmas table

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

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

I hope everyone has a happy holiday season!

Have comments or questions on our easy last minute Christmas table decoration ideas?  Tell us in the section below.

Sharing is caring!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.