Christmas Tablescapes for Every Style

I love to set a pretty and festive table, but it's got to be easy and inexpensive! Oh, and modern. And colorful. I bet none of that surprises you at all!

Today I'm joining with a crazy talented group of bloggers to bring you a dozen holiday table setting ideas. You'll find inspiration for every style, and lots of tips for creative ways to repurpose the decor you already have to set a table that will wow you guests! 

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A few years ago, I was in New York before Christmas, and I saw a gorgeous set of modern wood tabletop Christmas trees stained in bright shades of blue, green, and red. I wanted them for my kitchen table because I knew they'd add just the perfect combination of height and color, but I just couldn't justify the cost of one, let alone the whole group I envisioned.

Instead, I came home and came up with my own, super simple, DIY version. I bought a bunch of paper mache cones and painted them red, blue, and several shades of teal. It took me very little time, but these bright trees make quite the statement. 

modern and bright Christmas table

Those HO HO HO letters on the sideboard in the background were another simple DIY inspired by a similar version that was also out of my Christmas decor budget. Grab that tutorial here.

I received the pretty, red and white color-block table runner last year, and the blue and white buffalo check napkins came from the Target dollar section last year {they are the same ones I used for my fall table; here's a very similar set of navy buffalo check napkins for about the same price}. 

This year, I really wanted red placements, but rather than running out to spend money on a color I would only use once a year, I improvised with scrapbook paper. Using paper in my seasonal table settings is one of my favorite tricks because it allows me to customize the look without splurging on new table linens for every holiday. It also makes clean up quick and easy - just toss the paper in the recycling bin!

Modern Christmas Tablescape

We own one set of dishes that we use year round, but a few years ago Scott bought me this pretty set of silver and white snowflake dishes for holiday entertaining. I have matching bowls, but this year, I decided to mix things up a bit by layering in my set of clear glass salad plates. For spring and fall, I've cut circles of patterned scrapbook paper to place below the glass plates, but for Christmas, I decided to go with big, blue snowflakes.

Cricut Snowflake Christmas Table Decor

I used my favorite crafting tool - my Cricut Explore Air electronic cutter - to cut four different snowflake shapes from blue, corrugated cardboard

Cricut snowflakes holiday table setting

I'm really happy with the way my merry and bright Christmas table came together, and I'm proud that I was able to pull it together without buying anything new this year. It's amazing what you can do just by digging into your stash of scrapbook paper!

If colorful and modern speaks to you, be sure to pin this Christmas tablescape for later, using the image below. No matter what your style, I have a good feeling you're going to find something inspires in the gorgeous collection of holiday tables from my blogging friends at the links below.

Modern Christmas Table Decor Idea


Which style is your favorite? Leave me a comment and tell me which table you'd most like to sit at for your Christmas dinner!

Christmas tablescape ideas


  1. I just adore your use of color - the holidays feel much more fun in your dining room, I think. And I love the snowflakes.

  2. Those snowflake plates are everything! Beautiful tablescape!!!

  3. What a fun Christmas tablescape Angela! Great job on your snowflakes, I love how they turned out.

  4. So bright and fresh and cheery! Those trees are super cool and modern feeling - and I love the snowflake on the plates! Thanks for taking part in this hop!