Over the Christmas period, it’s likely you’ll be spending a lot more time around the dining table than usual. Whether it’s a games night, drinks with your festive guests, or the main event itself, you’ll want to make sure that your table is fit for the occasion.

But what exactly should you decorate? To make things easier, we’ve put together our six top tips for decorating your table this Christmas.

1. Dress your dining room

A great place to start is not actually with the table itself. Impress your family and friends as soon as they walk through the door with a beautifully decorated surrounding area. Whether it’s your dining room or an area within your living room or kitchen, create a welcoming ambience that sets the tone for the festivities.

Christmas dining

If you’ve got space for a tree, why not pop one in the corner for the ultimate festive backdrop? Lay a garland over your mantelpiece, get crafty and make beautiful Scandi paper stars, or weave festive fairy lights over your surfaces for a minimalist festive style. If you’re working with a small table, styling the surrounding areas rather than the table itself. It can also be a great way to avoid a crowded table and gravy-covered decorations! And don’t forget to light some cinnamon-scented candles to create the ultimate seasonal setting.

Looking to craft decorations this year, and in need of some inspiration? Take a look at our complete guide to Christmas crafts and recipes.

2. Craft your Christmas centrepiece

When it comes to decorating the table itself, the first thing you’ll want to think about is your centrepiece. The hub of all of your meals over the Christmas period, you really want to make it shine.

Rustic Christmas Dining Table

If you’re lacking table space, your centrepiece might be the only area of the table with a nod to the festive season. For a simple and space-saving decoration, why not opt for simple pillar candles, or candlesticks? Let these shine alone, or wrap them in a leafy wreath for traditional Christmas styling.

You can always swap your centrepiece in and out, leaving your glamorous garlands for evening drinks, and opting for simple and classic country cottage styling around breakfast with simple festive trinkets.

3. Perfect your place settings

There’s nothing better than a cohesive decor scheme, and details in your place settings can really tie it all together. Go all out, decorating everything down to the napkin rings and glass charms, or opt for a more simplistic styling with a simple festive gesture on the napkin or plate such a sprig of silver leaves.

If you’re feeling thrifty this year, why not create your own table decorations? Forage holly and berries from your local woodlands or make your own foil leaves to make your styling even more special this year.

4. Style your seating

When decorating your place settings, why leave it to the table? Whether using a festive chair cover, a simple festive ribbon, or a handmade wreath, spruce up your typical dining chairs with a little something extra.


You could use this decorative addition for a seasonal message, or even to label your guests’ seats with their names within each wreath for an even more personalised experience.

5. Don’t forget the details

As with all interior styling, decorating your dining table for Christmas is all in the details. Whether you’ve got a large household, or you’re hosting for fewer this year, why not take the time to make this year’s Christmas dining experience more bespoke?

Rather than purchasing crackers, you could make your own, encompassing little family jokes or using local products. A lot of thought is put into the making of the Christmas dinner and all of its components, so putting it all together in a physical Christmas menu for your nearest and dearest is also a nice touch, and something you can keep and remember for years to come.

6. Christmas side table styling

Don’t forget about your smaller tables over the festive season. Whether it’s a nest of tables or a side table, they’re likely to get a lot of love over the Christmas period. Perfect for nibbles and drinks when entertaining your guests, or a handy extra serving surface during your Christmas dinner, they shouldn’t be left out.

Dress yours with festive trinkets, or let your Christmas treats take the main stage. Laden with mince pies or festively decorated cocktails, your side tables will certainly fit in with the rest of your decor.

Christmas Nest of Tables

You should now be ready to dress up your dining room for the holiday season! For even more on how you can get your dining area ready for the occasion, check out our ultimate guide to Christmas dining decor. And don’t forget to show us your festive dining rooms! Tag us on Instagram using #OakFurnitureland.