Holiday Decorating Ideas

Christmas Decorating by the Room: Dining Room Christmas Décor Ideas

The dining room plays an important role when hosting family and friends. It’s where everyone gathers to enjoy hearty meals and conversations. With the right dining room Christmas décor and thoughtful touches, you can create the perfect ambience for memorable celebrations.

Watch as decorating expert Melonie Graves shares tips on styling a Christmas dining room, including how to decorate a Christmas dining table. Then, scroll down for handy checklists to make sure you’ve got everything you need for entertaining.

How to Decorate Your Dining Room for Christmas

1. Start with a color scheme or theme

  • Melonie Graves' Christmas dining room featuring gold and champagne decor

Featured: Balsam Hill Crystal & Pearl Champagne Trees

When choosing dining room Christmas décor, start with a simple color palette. Use two to three hues that complement your interiors. For a unified look, follow the theme you used for your main Christmas tree or other areas of your home. Melonie brought the gold and champagne tones of her foyer décor into the dining area through tabletop trees with crystal and pearl accents.

2. Add a festive centerpiece

  • Balsam Hill Biltmore gold garland as a Christmas centerpiece for the dining table

Featured: Balsam Hill Biltmore® Legacy Garland and Gold Glowing Mercury Glass Orbs

Lay a Christmas garland, wreath, or swag down the center of the table. Dress it up with ornaments, picks, and ribbons that reflect your color palette. You can even combine fresh fruits, nuts, and pinecones if they fit your theme. Or, how about a tray of ornaments or a grouping of tabletop trees and snow globes? These also make great Christmas centerpieces for the dining table.

Instantly bring holiday style to your table with Balsam Hill’s decorated Christmas greenery. Some models come pre-lit for an added glow to your centerpiece. For more flexibility, opt for battery-operated foliage.

Expert Tip: Want to add extra charm to your Christmas dining room? Create a wreath chandelier by suspending a wreath from the ceiling. If you have a permanent light fixture, wrap a garland around its frame for a festive look.

3. Play with different heights

  • Gold and champagne dining room Christmas decor

Featured: Balsam Hill Nickel Chamberstick Candles, Gold Mercury Glass Votive Holders, and Gold Glowing Mercury Glass Orbs

Bring depth to your Christmas table centerpiece with candles in varying heights and shapes. Alternate tall taper or pillar candles with votives across the length of the table. This creates a warm and relaxed ambience. Aside from candles, Melonie used gold glowing mercury glass orbs to complement her centerpiece. Not only do they beautifully reflect the candlelight, but they can brighten your décor all year round.

Expert tip: As an alternative, display clear glass hurricane candle holders in different sizes. Decorate them with ribbon, Christmas cut-outs, faux snow, or sprigs of fresh-cut greenery.

4. Layer multiple textures

  • Christmas table settings with garland centerpiece and candles

Featured: Balsam Hill Gold Mercury Glass Votive Holders and Gold Glowing Mercury Glass Orbs

Bring variety to your display with foliage, ornaments, linen, and accessories. Apart from the garland, Melonie chose mercury glass votive holders for their smooth and crackled design. She also used metallic chargers and textured fabric to incorporate dimension to her place settings.

5. Add a personal touch

  • Christmas place settings with bow napkin

Featured: Balsam Hill Biltmore Legacy Garland and Gold Mercury Glass Votive Holders

Make your family and guests feel extra special with thoughtful place settings. A personal touch goes a long way, whether it’s a handwritten place card, a small token, or DIY Christmas decorations. Charming details like napkin art also incorporate your signature style and share the joy of the season.

Dining Room Christmas Décor Checklist

Ready to set your table and host holiday feasts? These checklists cover everything you need from Christmas décor for the dining table to individual place settings. Save these as a guide when shopping or share them with family and friends who might need them.

We hope these Christmas dining room ideas inspired you to create a festive setting for your gatherings. Stay tuned for the 3rd installment of Melonie’s Christmas Decorating by the Room series where she’ll share styling tips for your bedrooms.

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