Simple Yet Festive Holiday Table Decorations

Hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner! We’re showcasing our own styled shoot to show you how to decorate your party tables this Christmas with a peppermint-inspired theme. Let our simple yet festive holiday table decorations inspire you to pull together a simple and festive motif. Get ready to spark that Christmas spirit in red and white! This post is Part 5 of our Holiday Party Guide for first-time hosts. Need to check back on any of the earlier Holiday Party Guide posts? Here are their links:

Part 1 – Holiday Printables, Tags and Signs
Part 2 – Food and Drinks for the Holidays
Part 3 – Desserts and Sweets at Christmas
Part 4 – Christmas Favors for Adults and Kids

A Peppermint-inspired Table Setting in Red and White

Creating a table centerpiece of striped stylized Christmas trees is our nod to that most-loved yuletide candy: peppermint! Then, we used sequin-trimmed stars to serve as innovative napkin rings, while the table number covered in faux fur and gemstones adds a hint of sass. Add your own unique accents with swirling red ribbons, clear crystals, and shimmery sequins. Contrasting table linens in white and red add a fresh, modern color palette that is easy to implement.

Red and white table settings with red glitter and peppermint cones.

Apply modern touches such as using white candles in wire mesh holders, red beaded votive glasses, and a web of red sequin strands criss-crossing the table top. Get creative with edible Christmas decorations using marshmallow place markers have each guest’s name spelled out in red edible gel. Expect guests to take a bite come party time (see photos below)!

Table cloth and place card settings

Holiday Desserts and Treats Decorated to Match

Use food to bring out a festive holiday mood! Here, we serve red and white jelly desserts topped with chocolate cookies are pretty enough to be part of the table decor! Egg nog and cream-filled cookies look extra-scrumptious stacked up and tied with satin ribbon—red, of course!

Holiday desserts with red and white decorations

We decorated a festive holiday dessert and drinks station that is embellished with Christmas ornaments and flowing ribbons. For something the kids will surely enjoy, aluminum foil candy bowls hold assorted colorful candies.

Dessert table display with drinks, cookies, and candies

Holiday Party Favors Glammed Up in Red

For guest treats with a holiday vibe, glittery silver favor baskets hold fudgy brownie squares. Just add name cards and these can double as place markers, too.Over-sized ‘candy treats’ are simply red and white striped fabric filled with a mix of red jelly beans, white crystal candies, and peppermint balls. Yum! Red fabric-wrapped bundles are filled with raspberry candies. But other filling ideas could be holiday scent potpourri or pretty Christmas ornaments! Set them on crisp, white plates for a dazzling effect.

Festive, holiday party favors: candies

Fresh, seasonal fruit go fancy in fabric and tulle-wrapped cups. Finishing touches are red pipe cleaners and white snowflake tags! For an eye-catching favor display, embroidered organza bags bearing a Christmas ivy motif hold gold-foil wrapped chocolate coins. Add metallic elements using foil ribbons, tinsel, and garland.

Fresh, fruit and embroidered favor bags with chocolates


RECAP: How to pull off a red-and-white decorating scheme for a holiday party:

  • Think peppermint! The crisp red and white colors will set the tone for the whole party look, as you apply them through solids and stripes.
  • Lay out a pure white table cloth, white dinner ware, white candles, and clear glass ware. Then, have fun adding an assortment of red table elements—from napkins to votive candle holders, table numbers, place cards, etc. The more bold and striking, the better!
  • Use the party fare and drinks to carry on the color scheme. Red candies, cookies, fruits, and even holiday punch or red wine are great ways to do this.
  • Guest favor packaging is definitely a fabulous way to apply the red and white motif.
  • To round out the holiday look, add glitz, glitter, and sparkle through Christmas ornaments, tinsel, ribbon, sequins, and gemstones.



  1. I love the simplicity of the red and white color scheme!


  2. Loving these decorations! How did you make those cone centerpieces?

Leave a Reply

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

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>