15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements

15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements

 

Hosting Christmas dinner is a huge job. There’s a lot of food to be cooked, the house has to be cleaned before guests arrive, the presents all have to be wrapped, and as if that isn’t enough, the table has to be set and look amazing. To help reduce some of the Christmas dinner hosting stress we’ve created a list of inspirational ideas for making your Christmas dinner table look it’s absolute best.


 

Name Cards

Eliminate the pre-dinner confusion as people try to figure out where they’re going to sit by making name cards and putting them at each place setting.

These simple name cards tuck nicely into a folded napkin and have a festive sprig of rosemary at the top to look like a mini Christmas tree.


15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements // These simple name cards tuck nicely into a folded napkin and have a festive sprig of rosemary at the top to look like a mini Christmas tree.

Rosemary Sprig Place Cards from Spoon Fork Bacon – instructions here.

Mini wreaths made from cranberries with a bit of greenery attached to the top and a small piece of paper with a name on it makes a festive name card and beautiful addition to to the table.


15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements // Mini wreaths made from cranberries with a bit of greenery attached to the top and a small piece of paper with a name on it, makes for a festive name card and beautiful addition to to the table.

DIY Mini Cranberry Wreath Place Cards by Say Yes – instructions, here. Photography by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Sara Albers and Sarah Iveson.

Thinly sliced wood stumps add a simplistic natural touch to the table and are perfect for clearly displaying name cards.


15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements // Thinly sliced wood stumps add a simplistic natural touch to the table and are perfect for clearly displaying name cards.

Stump wood place card holder from Crate&Barrel

Napkin Rings

With all the gravy, cranberry sauce, yams, and other food flying all over the place during the holidays, napkins are essential. Here are a few examples of stylish napkin rings that will add a festive touch to the table.


A simple wood tree cut out, secured around the napkin with twine and a sprig of greenery tucked between, makes a simple and festive napkin holder.


15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements // A simple wooden tree cut out secured around the napkin with twine and a sprig of greenery tucked between makes a simple and festive napkin holder.

Table setting by Stylizimo. Photography by Nina Holst.

Cinnamon sticks and a small branch of berries secured to each napkin with twine or raffia keeps the table looking fun and the room smelling great.


15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements // Cinnamon sticks and a small branch of berries secured to each napkin with twine or raffia keeps the table looking fun and the room smelling great.

Cinnamon and berries napkins from Lunch & Latte. Photography by Lisa Hjalt.

Natural greenery and berries on each napkin create a more interesting table setting and is simple enough to make, even if you have lots of place settings to fill.


15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements // Natural greenery and berries on each napkin creates a more interesting table setting and is simple enough to make, even if you have lots of place settings to fill.

Christmas table settings from Woon Guide.


Strips of greenery wrapped and secured around a simple napkin keep the place setting natural and environmentally friendly.


15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements // Strips of greenery wrapped and secured around a simple napkin keep the place setting natural and environmentally friendly.

Christmas Table Setting and photography by Therese Knutsen.

Place Settings

Once you’ve got your name cards arranged and all your napkins rolled it’s time to make the layout of the plates, cutlery, and glasses all come together. Here are some ideas of ways you can arrange your place settings to make the most of the space on your table and have it all look put together.

If you have lots of things on the menu for Christmas dinner, including a menu embellished with a small berry branch might be a nice way to let guests know what’s coming and makes the table look professionally styled.


15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements // If you have lots of things on the menu for Christmas dinner, including a menu embellished with a small berry branch might be a nice way to let guests know what's coming and makes the table look professionally styled.

Menu and berries place setting from Tending the Table.

A super simple place setting like this one is great for the minimalists out there and is a nice change from the traditional red and green.


15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements // A super simple place setting like this one is great for the minimalists out there and is a nice change from the traditional red and green.

Simple place setting from Urban Soul. Dishes manufactured by Broste Copenhagen.

Folding your napkins into the shape of Christmas trees and including a candy cane makes for a fun place setting that grown-ups and children alike will enjoy.


15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements // Folding your napkins into the shape of Christmas trees and including a candy cane makes for a fun place setting that grown ups and children alike will enjoy.

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold by Paige Russell – instructions here.

Gold cutlery make this place setting feel more unique and elegant while the wooden gift tag (that could also be used as a name tag) adds a modern, natural touch to the table.


15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements // Gold cutlery make this place setting feel more unique and elegant while the wooden gift tag (that could also be used as a name tag) adds a modern, natural touch to the table.

Simple place setting from Urban Soul. Dishes manufactured by Broste Copenhagen.

This simple set up shows that holiday place settings don’t have be extravagant to look festive and pretty.


15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements // This simple set up shows that holiday place settings don't have be extravagant to look festive and elegant.

Christmas table settings from Woon Guide.


Centerpieces

The finishing touch on your Christmas dinner table is a centerpiece. Depending on your personal preference and the size of your dining table, your centerpiece can be as simple or complicated as you like and is only limited by your imagination and creativity.

A few small lanterns or a couple of larger ones placed down the middle of your table make a beautiful centerpiece and create moody lighting perfect for a Christmas dinner.


15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements //A few small lanterns or a couple of larger ones placed down the middle of your table make a beautiful centerpiece and create moody lighting perfect for a Christmas dinner.

Large Industrial Hanging Pendant Light from Waen.

Tall wooden candle sticks mixed in with other wooden decor create a natural yet festive centerpiece you’d be likely to find in a Nordic style home.


15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements // Tall wooden candle sticks mixed in with other wooden decor create a natural yet festive centerpiece you'd be likely to find in a Nordic style home.

Merritt Solid Wood Pillar Candle Holder from Crate&Barrel

Collect a few pieces of greenery, berries, twigs, and pine cones, and arrange them down the middle of your table, adding in a few candles here and there, to make an inexpensive and seasonal centerpiece.


15 Inspirational Ideas For Creating A Modern Christmas Table Full Of Natural Elements // Collect a few pieces of greenery, berries, twigs, and pine cones, and arrange them down the middle of your table, adding in a few candles here and there, to make an inexpensive and seasonal centerpiece.

Table setting by Stylizimo. Photography by Nina Holst.

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