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Christmas Table Setting Etiquette

Posted On: 11/30/2016

Christmas is a magical time of the year, that we all love to share with our family and friends. And during this time decorating Christmas table for guests is one of the most important things of this holiday, along with Christmas tree and presents. The whole family will gather during the Christmas dinner and you would want your table setting be as festive and impressive as possible.

Before you start decorating your Christmas table, there are few things you need to consider:
– How many guests are you having?
– Do you want your dinner to be formal or casual affair?
– What type of table do you have – round or square?
– What kind of mood are you looking to create?
– Certain theme?

These questions will help you figure out the following:

1. Is there enough place for all the guests. Although the number of guests should be confirmed in advance there is always a chance that someone will call in at the last minute or one of your guests will bring someone along. So, be always prepared for unexpected guests.

2. What size of tablecloth you will need. We advise you to think about the shape of your table in advance, because it will help you realize how many people can sit comfortably around your table, as well as what size of tablecloth you will need.

3. If there is a special theme you are after, then it is always better to think about it in advance, so you can buy or make centerpieces and other things per the specific theme.


Here are a few rules of formal dinner table setting etiquette you should remember:

• We always start eating with flatware at the outside and toward the plate as the meal proceeds

• Forks are on the left side and knives and spoon are on the right of the plate

• Flatware should align with the bottom rim of the charger

• Bread-and-butter plates are always placed to the left and above the plate

• Stemware is set above and to the right of the dinner plate

• Water glass stands above the dinner knife, white wine to its right, and red wine top center

• The charger should be removed after everyone spreads napkin on the lap

• Napkin is set under the forks or decoratively folded on the charger

• The cake fork and the dessert spoon are laid across the top of the setting

• The cake fork’s tines are set facing right and the spoon’s bowl facing left

• Before serving dessert clear the table setting from the bread-and-butter plate, butter knife, and both wineglasses.


One thing to remember about tablecloth is that it shouldn’t be too long, so that your guests could sit and not have the tablecloth touch their legs. But also your tablecloth shouldn’t be too short either. The desired overhang is 10-12 inches to lap level.

The color of the tablecloth should be coordinated with your selected Christmas table theme. If your tablecloth is in a plain color, than adding a table runner in a brighter color will be a good idea. But please remember that keeping to just two or three colors in your table decoration will help create more elegant and exquisite look.


There are two things you can do with a napkin: fold it beautifully or decorate it with napkin rings.


Use the best dinnerware you have while setting your festive Christmas table. By using plain white plates and simple glasses, you can easily dress them up using colored napkins, crackers and a few decorations.


Using place cards adds a very formal and festive touch to your Christmas table setting. Place cards will be great contributors to your initially selected theme for decorating your table.


And the final, but the most important part of the Festive Christmas table setting is the centerpiece! This is like a main jewel to a crown.

Creating or selecting the perfect centerpiece for your Christmas table is very important, because this is what makes the table festive and special.

Have a special and magical Christmas !! Merry Christmas!!