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Decorate the Dining Room Table for Christmas

Decorate your dining room table for Christmas! Create a beautiful, elegant Christmas centerpiece using a simple garland. Add traditional touches to give it a festive look for the season!

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close up of Christmas garland on dining room table with ribbon and bells, greenery, and dried oranges

Celebrate Christmas Home Tour 2022

Hello, my friends and welcome! You are in for a treat today! Today is the Celebrating Christmas Home Tour, hosted by my talented friend Leen from Sand Dollar Lane.

I am so excited to be joining 29 amazing blogging friends in sharing our homes decorated for Christmas. There are so many creative and inspiring ideas shared here. Grab yourself a cup of coffee or your favorite drink, and enjoy visiting all of the blogs at the bottom of this post!

collage of Christmas decorating ideas

If you are new to My Family Thyme, I am so glad you’re here! I’m Lynne, a life-long New England girl. I’m a Connecticut wife, mom to two young adults, and fourth grade teacher by day…as well as a crafter, baker, gardener, and self-proclaimed home decor enthusiast by night. I am a lover of all things home and family.

Welcome! I live in a traditional New England, colonial-style home and am excited to welcome you into my home today! I love to keep my home decor simple and classic. This Christmas table setting that I am sharing today is the perfect combination of both.

Christmas garland on dining room table with ribbon and bells, greenery, and dried oranges

Christmas Garland Centerpiece

I created a simple Christmas garland centerpiece that came together in just a few minutes. To create one for yourself, you will need:

Garland – I used a real-touch faux garland from Afloral. Mine is 60 inches. It’s currently unavailable, but you can find a similar one here. You can also use a real garland. These are usually available at your local garden center, hardware store, or Trader Joe’s.

Boxwood and Holly Clippings – I just went out in my yard and clipped some fresh greens to add natural texture and color.

Dried Orange Slices – Bake orange slices in your oven at 200 degrees for 3-4 hours. I tried using the air fryer, but wasn’t as happy with the result as I am when I take the time to bake them.

Ribbon and Bells Garland – I will be sharing the tutorial for this simple and inexpensive later this week.

Holiday Jar Floating Candles with Boxwood and Cranberries – Using fresh Boxwood clippings and cranberries

Christmas Bulb Ornaments – The ones I used belonged to my grandparents, but I found some pretty ones that you may enjoy. You can see them here.

close up of Christmas garland on dining room table with ribbon and bells, greenery, and dried oranges

How to Put Your Garland Centerpiece Together

  1. Lay your garland on your table or runner, creating an S shape with your garland.
  2. Insert some fresh clippings. I used Boxwood, along with Holly.
  3. Lay ribbon and bell garland on the greenery, curving it to create a pattern.
  4. Add dried orange slices.
  5. Place the ornaments and floating candle jars in the curves of the garland.
Christmas garland on dining room table with ribbon and bells, greenery, and dried oranges

Christmas Place Setting

When decorating my dining room table for Christmas, I try to make it feel special without it being overdone.

I used these round jute placemats. They are so versatile and add a natural touch. Then, I added gold-colored chargers from Dollar Tree, with my favorite Nantucket Dinnerware. These timeless creamy white dishes have a lovely basketweave classic design.

A single vintage ornament, along with beautiful monogrammed napkins made by my dear friend Pinar at Happiest Creative Design Studio complete each place. If you are looking for customized textiles, I highly recommend her beautiful shop!

Christmas place setting on dining room table

These beautiful brass candle holders add height and elegance.

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Christmas place setting on dining room table

I love that this pretty centerpiece is low and encourages conversation at the table. After all, the holidays are about being together and enjoying your meals together.

decorated Christmas dining room table

Adding More Holiday Touches

On the side table, I added another floating candle jar and a few touches, keeping it simple.

side table in dining room decorated for Christmas

Adding Christmas bulbs to bowl is such an easy and inexpensive way to add a festive touch to your decor. Add a little interest with a ribbon wrapped Christmas ornament.

Thank you so much for visiting today! I hope you are leaving here with some ideas to help you welcome Christmas into your home. I would love to connect with you on FacebookInstagramPinterest, or here on the blog! 

Celebrate Christmas Home Tour 2022

Next up on the tour is Kate from Southern Home and Hospitality. You’re going to love her ideas for adding pretty plaid for the holidays!
Be sure to visit all my friends who have opened up their homes all week. You will leave feeling so inspired!

Sand Dollar Lane  //  2 Bees in a Pod  //  At Home with Kristy  //  Exquisitely Unremarkable
  Our Crafty Mom  //  Hearth and Vine

Zucchini Sisters  //  Postcards from the Ridge  //  Southern Crush at Home  //  Amy Sadler Designs
 Pasha is Home  //  Simple Nature Decor

Worthing Court  //  The Tattered Pew  //  Cottage in the Mitten  //  DIY Beautify
Thistle Key Lane  //  At Lane and High  //  Feet Under My Table

White Arrows Home // Aratari at Home // White Lilac Farmhouse
Cottage on Bunker Hill // Bricks ‘n Blooms

My Family Thyme  //  Southern Home and Hospitality  //  Songbird //  Shiplap and Shells
Chalking Up Success  //  Pure Happy Home

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16 Comments

  1. Lynne, I’m a sucker for dried orange slices and fresh cranberries and have used them in my own decor many times. I love the way you have included them as part of your holiday tablescape.

  2. Love it, Lynne! Your dining room looks so pretty all decorated for Christmas.
    I really love the cranberry jars and the wreath on the mirror!

  3. I love how you’ve taken fruit and made it beautiful decor for your tablescape. Great hoping with you!

  4. Lynn this is simply stunning! The oranges in the garland and the floating cranberry candles are such a lovely addition (pinning). And I may have to put some monogram napkins on my Christmas wishlist.

  5. Your garland is so pretty, Lynne! Hope you aren’t getting all that snow! Happy hopping with you! Merry Christmas!

  6. I am a fan of the fresh greenery, too. I am thinking those orange slices might need to be added to my table this year. Loved sharing your inspiration on the tour this week.

  7. There are so many beautiful details on your table Lynne. I love the holly, boxwood, and dried oranges. And I love the floating cranberry candles even more. So many great ideas my friend. Merry Christmas!

  8. You created such a beautiful table, Lynne!! I love the simplicity of it all. The garland running down the middle is stunning mixed with the bells and oranges. Thanks for the fun ideas in this one!

  9. I love all things boxwood, fresh cranberries and dried oranges. Your table looks festive and beautiful.

  10. Oh, how pretty! I love all the fruit, it’s so fresh and festive. Just beautiful!

  11. Yout table is goin g to smell amazing, I love all the fresh cranberries and dried oranges on the table. Happy Thanksgiving

  12. What a beautiful table, Lynne! I’m going to have to try drying orange slices – those look so pretty. And those embroidered monogrammed napkins are to-die-for

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words, Janet! I tried using the air fryer, but in this case using a slow oven definitely worked better for drying oranges. I hope you are enjoying a beautiful holiday season! xo

  13. Lynne I love your dining room. I have been thinking of adding dried oranges to my decor so thank you for sharing how easy it is to do that!

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