Casual Christmas Dining

Christmas dining room

My friend Cindy from Cloches and Lavender and I got together and decided to share out Christmas Dining rooms with you. Only one problem. I don’t have a formal dining room any more. So I decided to share my breakfast room with you. Normally, this room would be a lot more formal, but with the Christmas celebration being scaled back quite  a bit this year, I’m decorating more for casual Christmas dining.

But don’t worry, just because it’s casual doesn’t mean it has to be plain!


Hot cocoa bar



On one end of the breakfast room is our coffee bar/ hot chocolate bar.

If you missed how I set up my hot chocolate  bar, you can see it here.

Christmas hutch decor

Also, I shared my Christmas hutch with you early this month.

If you want to see a step by step how to video you can see it here.

table runner

Casual Christmas Dining

As always, I  start with a clean table.

In fact, I give everything that’s going on my table the once over to make sure it’s clean, no smudges, or fingerprints.

Once that’s done, I add a tablecloth.

However, this year I am using this furry white runner that reminds me of snow.

Christmas centerpiece

Start in the Center of the table.

I like to start from the center of the table and work my way out.

See this cute felt holly ribbon?

I think it’s my favorite this year.

It mimics the felt garland and flower pics on my hutch.

I simply laid it on the center of my runner for a little color.

This years centerpiece is a bowl from the kitchen that I filled with small pots of Poinsettias.

I added in a few glass ornaments and my centerpiece is complete.

charger, napkin

I’m mad about plaid this year.

Not sure why, but years ago I used plaid just about everywhere.

Over time I was a little burnt out.

I started with a black charger plate and for some fun and color laid a plaid napkin across it.

plates, charger, napkin

If you follow me at all, you know that 9 times out of 10 I’m going to use my white hob nail plates.

Love them.

They go with everything!

Christmas pacesetting

Next, I added my Christmas salad plate.

I purchased the whole set years ago from Better Home and Gardens.

Best Christmas purchase ever.

My Silverware has a tiny gold bead on it that picks up that light and gives the table a little understated bling.

You know I love some bling!

Christmas pacesetting

Now for the fun part!

I took another plaid napkin and folded to look like a Christmas tree.

Normally I  stay away from folded napkins because when I fold them they never seem to look quite like they do on Pinterest.

However, these were super easy to fold and surprisingly they look exactly like the inspiration photo.

I love to put a piece of candy, a treat, or a take home on my plates.

So this year I added in one of my hot chocolate bombs to go with dessert!

Trust me, these bombs are so rich they are almost a dessert in themselves.

Hand painted wine glass

And last, but not least, I added my hand painted water/ wine/ tea glasses.

In a former life I painted wine glasses.

I love this size glass because it’s so versatile.

And these glasses are just a few of the ones I made for myself.

Since they are all the same and my family tends to use the same glass most of the day, I added cute wine glass markers.

If you look closely you can see a cute little Santa.

Christmas pacesetting

My place setting is complete.

Simple, casual, but I think super fun and colorful.

Casual Christmas Dining

Oh, one last thing!

My place cards this year were wreaths with Christmas ornaments tied to the center that were hung from the back of the chairs.

I love a fun and unusual place cards and try each year to come up with something unusual.

This may be one of my favorites ever.

See? Casual Christmas dining doesn’t have to be boring!

Cindy's dining room

Now, that I’m done please head on over to Cindy’s and check out her formal dining room. I’m sure that it’s going to be beautiful because everything she does is spectacular!

Merry Christmas!


Casual Christmas Dining

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  1. Tammy I love how you styled your dining room. Every space has a touch or two of Christmas. Love the holly garland you used on your table, it’s so cute as part of your table runner. Looks festive and I know your family will love it as much as I do!

    1. Thanks so much Terrie, that is a true compliment coming from you as your tables always look fabulous! That holly garland is a “ribbon” from Hob Lob. Not sure why they call it a ribbon as it sure couldn’t be tied, but I fell in love with it anyway. In fact, I bought two rolls. You never know what you are going to need it for! lol

  2. Tammy,

    I love this and the fur runner is a perfect touch. I never think of using them. Your painted glasses sure are pretty. Merry Christmas and it was fun posting together!


    1. Cindy that fur table runner is one of my very favorites. Although it’s a little wide for our new table, however I just can’t give it up! A friend of mine purchased several for her Christmas village. Instead of placing loose “snow” all around her village, she places her houses on top of the fur. It looks fabulous! Thanks for posting with me… I had fun!

    1. Forgot to mention that last Christmas, I folded 150 Christmas Tree (same fold as yours) napkins for a Soroptimist fundraiser. There were a big hit with the ladies, in Pajamas for our “Night Before Christmas” theme!

      1. Oh, wow! You spent quite a bit of time folding napkins for sure. I love the “Night Before Christmas” theme! How fun! I’ll bet your fundraiser was a huge success.

    2. Thanks Cindy! I love to paint glassware, the only problem is storing them. I would have painted glassware for every occasion if I could! Since we down sized last year I’ve had to give quite a few away. I will try and post about painting glassware soon!

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