Christmas Dinner table ideas (from our church’s Christmas Dinner Celebration)

Our church had our annual Christmas Dinner Celebration this past weekend.  Anyone and everyone (family, friends, church-folks, the community) is invited to come.  A big Christmas dinner is served family-style while enjoying listening to Christmas music and a drama performed by our choir and members in our church.  There is much work involved as you can imagine in preparation, cooking, decorating, rehearsing, serving, etc.   We all share in the work and I wanted to share with you how we decorated tables for 200+ people. 

Ladies in the church sign up to decorate as many tables as they want.  There is a list of things needed on the tables – tablecloth, centerpiece, candlelight, serving pieces for cream/sugar/butter, salt & pepper shakers, napkins, chargers if they had them, and anything else we want to add (utensils, plates, cups are all provided.)  So each table is unique and different, but when they are all put together it is beautiful!


I took pictures of all of the tables (sorry the candles weren’t lit when I did it).  So enjoy seeing all the different ideas!  And maybe you can find some ideas you can use for a future banquet or on your table for Christmas.

This was one my tables!  Of course I used my favorite lantern. Winking smile


Snowman tableDSC_0201


Nutcracker table


Real greenery and lamps


Green and red candy cane table


Train table


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Nativity scene table


Loved this red and silver ornament table!


The red bows on the napkins and the centerpiece filled with Christmas balls are just so cute!


Another pretty red, green, and gold table.


And another fun snowman table.


Loved this table too.  I must be drawn to Christmas balls this year Winking smile


Love the balls scattered down the table and the huge jar of them as the centerpiece.


A red table. 


Silver and blue table.


another snowman table


I loved this tablecloth with the plaid napkins. 


Loved how she layered the runner down the middle with napkins as placemats layered with the red chargers.  The nativity scene goes perfect in the middle too.


Christmas tree topiary table in red and gold.



Gold and purple table. 


Red table


Another fresh greenery table – love the silver chargers with this table.



One last snowman table Smile


And this was my other table that I decorated.  Green and red with a wreath/candle centerpiece.



I hope you enjoyed all the table arrangements!  The ladies in our church did a great job! Smile  It was so pretty during the program with the lights off and all the candles on each table lit and the Christmas trees sparkling too.

You can see how you can use some of your other Christmas decorations (such as snowman, Christmas balls, or nutcrackers) to make a festive, beautiful centerpiece.    I also think it would be super fun to do this same idea but have each lady set the table with their own dishes – china, Christmas dishes, etc.  It would be hard do that when setting up for 200+ people but a small gathering would work.

Which one was your favorite?

Do you use regular items to be a centerpiece on your table?



  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE the red and silver one!! I did some red and silver in our home too- a combo that is quickly becoming a favourite of mine. πŸ™‚ All the tables are pretty- where did you all come up with so many chargers of different colours? It really makes the table to have matching dishes like that.

    • The ladies each had the chargers. They either already had them and use them or have bought them for this. They are .99 each here at Walmart so once you buy them on year you have them to use in your home and again and again at church. This is the 3rd year we have done this dinner and no plans to stop πŸ™‚

  2. Neat idea! Kind of nice to offer guests a meal while they watch your Christmas program!!

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