Christmas is getting closer and since I will be hosting one Christmas lunch here at my apartment, I decided to try out the holiday table decor and check out how I will be arranging everything. I’m really not a fan of an elaborate Christmas dinner table, yet I do love to add some Christmas touches to the table and its surroundings.

My go-to shop for Christmas decorations is Arket, they have the most subtle and beautiful decor for the modern home and holiday season and I decided to set the Christmas table with a selection of their amazing products kindly gifted to me to try out.

A subtle Christmas table setting

For my Christmas table, I didn’t want to overload things too much, so I worked with beautiful cabbage plates from Bordallo Pinheiro (€17 for the big plate*, €13 for the small plate*) which come in both a white and a green version. When it comes to holiday table decorating I love tints of green, for Christmas, so these plates are perfect. I love the combination of the white and green in the dinner plates and dessert plates, I think it adds a playful touch to the holiday table that puts the entire dining room in a festive mood.

I paired up the plates with the Ripple glasses from Ferm Living, and a white linen tablecloth from H&M home (€49,99 in a variety of colors*) which I have since forever, such great value for the price. To add some more texture to the textiles, I also added a table runner in grey, this one is from Himla. The bistro cutlery (€39 for a set of 4*) from Sabre Paris makes this table setting a bit more informal, which I like very much.

Christmas table decorations

To decorate the table, I spread out some paper decorations on a branch and in a bowl on the table, such an easy way to add an instant Christmas touch to your dining room table. The ones you see in the pictures are from Arket, but they are from previous years.

Every holiday season they bring out new color variations and you can usually buy 4 for 3* during the last months of the year. Their color palettes, though different every season, are always timeless, so I end up reusing them every year both for the Christmas table and to add some elegant Christmas touches throughout my interior.

The stars of the dining table to me are these organic candle holders made out of solid recycled brass with a silver coat on top (€59 per piece*). I love the way the organic silver shapes stand out against the other materials on the table and add a festive and glamorous touch.

A holiday table and its surroundings

Apart from the Christmas table setting, my dining room got a Christmas upgrade as well. I have used three paper stars to make the holiday table a bit more magical. The Snöblomma star from Watt & Veke (€ 65 a piece*) is fitted with a light bulb that is programmed to go on when it starts to get dark.

I have used a Wiz smart light for this, have a look at this blogpost if you want to know more about these programmable light bulbs. I have hung this one up in the window so it’s festive from inside and for the neighbors as well.

On the wall above the Christmas table, you can see the Leah paper star from Watt & Veke (€69 a piece*) which is a bit more graphic so I have used it without a lamp. On the wall above the cupboard, I have used an Afroart paper star combined with the Baies candle with a carousel* on top which turns around with the heat of the candle and spreads the most magical scent in the dining room.

The Drip candle Holders (€ 59 for the small version*, €99 for the medium version*) designed by Pascal Smelik for Pols Potten and the table lamp on my sideboard cast a lovely cozy light on the Christmas table setting, which what I think it’s all about when decorating for Christmas. I can’t wait to have people over and show them my subtle yet cozy and inviting Christmas table with a modern touch.

Other Christmas table settings to get inspired by

Looking for more Christmas table-setting ideas? I myself am a fan of a lighter color palette when it comes to Christmas table settings, but I find this darker mood so inspiring as well. Note that they used an oversized version of the Drip candle holders here, which is so impressive in this table setting.

Have a look here for a simple and minimal table setting with brass candlesticks and ornaments and branches as napkin rings. Lastly, while I wouldn’t have Christmas eve dinner exactly this messy, this Christmas tablescape has an impressive branch with gold ornaments that really attract the eye.

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