One Christmas Table Garland = Two Looks

Create a simple but stunning Christmas table garland that is so versatile it can be dressed up for formal dinners or dressed down for casual meals this holiday season!

A simple Christmas table garland with faux pine, magnolia, and plaid ribbon

Christmas is days away, and it’s time to prep those holiday tables! If you are looking for a simple but stunning centerpiece idea to decorate your Christmas table this year, try this easy faux pine garland idea.

Drop in to your local hobby or floral shop and buy two smaller teardrop swags like you would use on a door. Choose a mixed faux pine with pine cones (like these) already wired in if available. It will save some time!

Turn them end to end with the full part in the center of your table. Weave a pretty ribbon down each side. Add some faux magnolia blooms or other Christmas-y flower. Then nestle candlesticks down the center amongst the branches. Kick it up a notch with a pretty bowl or compote in the very center filled with flowers, ornaments, a topiary, or fruit.

Voila! Christmas centerpiece done! And…it will stay pretty all winter long!

Colorful Christmas in the dining room with Indian block print tablecloth, faux pine table garland, Spode Santa plates, and magnolia centerpiece

Magnolia centerpiece on dining table

The best part about this Christmas table garland is the versatility. You can use it for a fancy formal dinner parties or casual gatherings. Be sure to use a classic runner or tablecloth like this green and white floral one from Katherine Young Home that works for either style.

Set the table for a casual gathering with a fun Santa themed china, rattan chargers, bamboo flatware, and bright napkin. Like this…

Detail view of place setting with Spode Santa plates, rattan charger, pine garland, and bamboo flatware

Santa plates Spode for Williams-Sonoma // Green & Gold Laurel Wreath Plates Limoges Available in the P&P Shop // Vintage Green Ceramic Chargers Soho Pottery Available in the P&P Shop

For a more formal event choose an elegant china pattern, crystal stemware, and mixed metallic accents. Like this…

Christmas table garland with fancy place setting for formal dinner party

Green Floral China Sèvres Style from Andrea by Sadek // Gold Chargers // Silverplate Fish Flatware Available in the P&P Shop // Pink Crystal Goblets Available in P&P Shop // Silverplate Sheridan Goblets Available in the P&P Shop

Don’t forget your place cards and elegant white dinner napkins!

Also remember to match your place setting to your meal, and by that I mean only put out the number of dishes and flatware you need for the courses you are serving.

I hope you enjoy lovely meals and warm camaraderie next week! Merry Christmas!

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