Country Christmas table ideas - 20 of the best

Deck your table in true festive style with these top 10 Christmas decorating ideas.

Don't be afraid to get crafty. Homemade place cards are a smart, personal touch while place mats, which are easy and inexpensive to make, will jazz up any festive dining table. Country schemes benefit most of cosy linens, faux fur, plaid, tartan and rustic wood. Naturally, cute, homemade Christmas ornaments are sure to be a hit with young and old alike. Get the whole family involved in the design, decorating and crafting process.

1/20 Folklore-themed Christmas table with pinecone decorations

christmas table

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Three cheers for a red white and blue theme, combining folklore plates with striped bowls and felt snowflake placemats. Search for vintage cutlery and complete your Christmas dining room setting with snowflake crackers.

Similar plates
Wild & Wolf
Similar placemat

2/20 Highland Christmas table with tartan tablecloth

christmas table with pendant lights

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Set the table for a highland-inspired feast with a cheerful tartan tablecloth. To decorate, lay a spruce garland along the dining table length. Shed light on the festive scene with elaborate mesh pendant shades and log shaped candles.

Similar tablecloth fabric
Osborne & Little
Similar pendant lights
Biju Home

3/20 Fairy tale Christmas table setting with lantern house

lanterns glass trees

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Gardiner)

Decorate an occasional table in the hallway with twinkling lanterns in the form of fairy tale houses. Forest spruce cast in glass and quirky accessories such as a poisoned apple add to the bewitching mood while snow-dusted cone candles cast a welcome glow.

Similar lantern house
Not on the High Street
Similar pine cone candle
Cox & Cox

4/20 Christmas display table with glass cake stands

christmas display table with glass cake stands

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dan Duchars)

Turn a festive tea into a grand occasion by setting out a vintage buffet table laden with scrumptious cakes held aloft on glass cake stands. Frame the arrangement with a pair of potted azaleas trimmed with ribbon bows.

Similar table
Quirky Interiors
Similar cake stand
Live Laugh Love

5/20 Red and white Christmas table with etched wine glasses

christmas table with candle

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Taking a gingham tablecloth as the starting point, this dining table scheme is simplicity itself. Gather up red and white china, napkins and crackers to develop your theme, make candle rings from leaves and berries and add a touch of sophistication with etched wine glasses.

Similar tablecloth
Scandi Living
Similar glasses
John Lewis

6/20 Christmas table with present place settings

christmas table with gift

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Charm your guests by dressing up place settings with a festively wrapped gift. Tied with white ribbon and topped with a cone decoration, this brown paper box adds a homely touch to a farmhouse dining table set with white china and heavy-stemmed wine glasses.

Similar gift box
Similar wine glasses
Cox & Cox

7/20 Christmas table with jewel colour scheme

christmas crackers with peacock feather

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jon Day)

Go for bohemian country style, pouring exuberantly patterned crackers into a glass punch bowl and hollowing out apples to take tea lights. Set the dining table arrangement against a backdrop of a richly coloured plum wall and peacock feather fabric.  

Similar punch bowl
House of Fraser
Similar fabric

8/20 Christmas table with white paper decoration

white plate

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Fold paper doilies and fix with paperclips, finishing with a sprig of holly and a flower to make a delicate decoration for a table. Sit your arrangement on a simple white plate, with a red snowflake placemat beneath for a burst of colour.

Similar plate
Similar placemat

9/20 Christmas console table with festive letter art

console table topped with carved wood

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Dress a rustic console table in the hallway with carved wooden decorations, adding painted Noel letters and a vase of twigs to hang decorations from. Put up a carved clock to count the hours till Christmas day.

Similar letters
Posh Graffiti
Similar vase
Not on the High Street

10/20 Christmas party table with stag-head ice bucket

christmas with table glasses

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Get in the mood for party fun and dress up a drinks table with an elegant silver stag-head ice bucket and sparkling glass. Pile up the platters, polish the glasses and accessorise with a tartan wreath and baubles for a true highland welcome.

Similar table
Similar ice bucket
Kenneth Turner

11/20 Tabletop tree hung with envelope gifts


(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

Give small gifts at the dining table in patterned envelopes.
Just unfold an old envelope and copy the shape, then tie with ribbon
and seal with wax before attaching the envelopes to twigs in a jug.

Similar patterned papers
Similar seal and wax set

12/20 Gilded Christmas table setting

gold and white christmas table

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Candlelight adds a warm gleam to gold-trimmed china and antique glassware. Tie vintage-style cutlery with white ribbons and pile baubles into a bowl to make a Christmas meal extra special.

Similar plates
Royal Crown Derby
Similar cutlery
John Lewis

13/20 Glamorous country Christmas place setting

table with frame

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jon Day)

Inspired by the floral flounces and gold leaf of grand country houses, this table setting is the last word in glamour, with a gilded frame as a place setting and toile-style plates.

Similar photo frame
House of Fraser
Similar plates and bowls

14/20 Seasonal candlit table

dining table with candle

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Gardiner)

Choose a misty grey cloth to lend a shadowy air of mystery to the table
and accessorise with glittering silvered candlesticks and ribbed
goblets. Add a scattering of antique-style baubles.

Similar tablecloth
La Redoute
Similar candlesticks
Cox & Cox

15/20 Festive floral centrepiece

dining table with flower vase

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dan Duchars)

Take several hand-tied posies and place in a tureen on the dining table, surrounded by glittery votives. At the end of your Christmas meal, separate into posies and give to your guests to take home.

Similar tureen

Kings and Queens
Similar votives
Primrose & Plum

16/20 Party bar console table

party bar console table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jon Day)

Get ready to party, with a console table
doing duty as a casual bar area with a decanter, glasses and festive
mini trees. Wall mounted plates with hand drawn designs supply the fun

Similar decanter
John Lewis
Similar plates

17/20 Casual country table

dining table with glasses

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jon Day)

Layer up printed cloths on a rustic table for boho-chic style. A row of faux amaryllis in fabric-covered pots adds a shot of bright colour, picked up on by the striped bowls.

Similar table
Sofas and Stuff
Similar faux amaryllis
The Chelsea Gardener

18/20 Country-style buffet lunch table

buffet lunch table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Claudia Dulak)

The simplest arrangements are often the best. Decorate a side table with
a twiggy arrangement on a cut felt runner and set out a casual Christmas lunch on vintage pressed-glass cake stands.

Similar table
Similar cake stands

19/20 Christmas tea table setting

christmas tea table

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Trim Christmas cakes
with ribbon and bring jewel-toned birds and baubles to the table for an
afternoon tea that’s full of sparkle. Tall-stemmed glasses and folk-art
china complete the effect.

Similar liqueur glasses
John Lewis
Similar plates
Cloudberry Living

20/20 Festive tabletop Advent candles

tabletop candles

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jon Day)

Set up a side table with numbered candles in a galvanized tray to count
down the weeks to Christmas. Frame with a beautiful forest-inspired
embroidered blind.

Similar candles
Nordic House
Similar blind fabric