Christmas Place Settings that are Easy for a Small Dinner at Home

Don’t let the stay-at-home situation cramp your Christmas entertaining style! Even for an intimate at-home dinner with family, you can get really creative with your holiday tablescape skills for a setting you’ll just love to gather round.

Here, we highlight Christmas place settings that make the most of decor accents in festive red, white, green, and gold. Add a little sparkle. Play around with patterns. Bring in rustic, woodland touches, Light up some candles. Easy table elements with great impact and lots of heartwarming holiday cheer! (*this post contains an affiliate link)

Christmas Place Setting Ideas with a Modern Edge

Gain inspiration from these 5 finds, and create Christmas place settings with contemporary flair.

White and red peppermint tablescape

Our own set for a Christmas ladies night in (1 – styled by Bellenza) in bold red and white, features pure white plates topped with red fabric napkins—accented with red-beaded votives. Simple and striking!

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On this elegant red and gold tablescape, stacked holiday dinnerware (2 – from Sweet Sensations) are the stars of the place settings—with a fascinating mix of shapes and sizes, plain colors and Christmas patterns.

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Another take on plate-layering (3 – from Citrine Living) combines a charger plate, dinner plate, appetizer plate, and fluted bowl on each place setting. Topped with a shiny wrapped present!

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Merry indeed is this playful peppermint-striped tablescape (4 – from Celebrate and Decorate), with place settings featuring striped placemats, peppermint plates, and matching folded napkins.

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For a chic spin, see how black chargers layered with red and white plates (5 – from Celebrations at Home) instantly do the trick! Witty holiday gift boxes and festive Christmas crackers are fun, whimsical add-ons.

Holiday Place Setting Ideas with Country Charm

Now, for a more traditional tablescape treatment for Christmas—especially for the kids—see how these next examples bring on the charm.

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Create a farmhouse or log cabin look with a buffalo plaid table runner (6 – from Amazon), matched with plaid place mats and country-style dishes at each place setting.

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Layering again in this happy holiday place setting (7 – from Worthing Court), featuring a sweet stack of solid, tartan, and Christmas-patterned plates on top of vintage crocheted place mats.

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Bright red berries tucked among greenery set off another simple Christmas place setting (8 – from 2 Bees in a Pod), finished with cheery plaid napkins and "gift tag" place cards.

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Playing with polka dots and checks, this fun, family-friendly place setting (9 – from Parties 2 Plan) picks up on the Christmas tree on the plates with solid green chargers underneath.

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Die-cut Alpine elk placemats set a woodland feel for these silver and white place settings (10 – from Fab Everyday). Napkins and cutlery are tied with twine, a sprig of greenery, and a sleighbell!

Let’s make this Christmas 2020 merry. And a wonderful place to start is right at our holiday dinner table at home!

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