How to Set Your Holiday Table | Step by Step How To Guide

This post is sponsored by Cracker Barrel in collaboration with the Find Your Influence influencer network. All opinions are my own.

Growing up we never had a properly set table at dinnertime so it’s no surprise that setting my own table usually doesn’t look like something you would see in a holiday magazine. Our everyday table gets set with little hands helping and usually ends up with a few extra items incorporated at each seat. I do feel it’s important for my daughters to learn how to properly set a table and this season Cracker Barrel is helping make our holiday table extra special. This is the first year without my husband’s grandmother and we certainly will miss the holiday traditions she shared with our family. Every year she would visit Cracker Barrel to purchase candy to send to my husband so having dinnerware on our table from the old country store reminds us of our daughters’ Great Grandma Dorothy. With an extended assortment of dinnerware available at shop.CrackerBarrel.com, this product exclusively available there will be loved all year long. Learning how to set your holiday table with a step by step how to guide is easy.

Learn how to set your holiday table with this easy step by step how to guide using items you probably already have at home!

The Cracker Barrel Rooster dinnerware collection is a set of dishes that can be used for everyday and also on your holiday table.

How to Set Your Holiday Table

Decor

Your holiday table should be a reflection of your own style and personality. For me, that means we are using items we already have at home and love during the holidays. Our holiday table is one that reminds us of what we really enjoy during this season. A tablecloth or runner, or both layered, is the foundation to a great holiday table. Then top the center of your table with favorite holiday decorations including height in the middle. We used a red tree with red and blue ball ornaments.

holiday table decor tip: use holiday wrapping paper down the center of your table to make a table runner.

Learn how to set your holiday table with this easy step by step how to guide using items you probably already have at home!

Dinner plates

Begin by placing dinner plates at each seat setting.

Learn how to set your holiday table with this easy step by step how to guide using items you probably already have at home!

Salad plates

Top your dinner plates with salad plates.

Learn how to set your holiday table with this easy step by step how to guide using items you probably already have at home!

Drinkware

Each setting should have a glass or mug depending on what you are serving to drink.

Learn how to set your holiday table with this easy step by step how to guide using items you probably already have at home!

Napkins

Top the salad plates with a folded cloth napkin.

Bowls

Top each napkin with a bowl.

Learn how to set your holiday table with this easy step by step how to guide using items you probably already have at home!

Silverware

Properly setting your holiday table should include silverware in the correct order at each place setting in the following order from left to right: salad fork, dinner fork, plate, knife, teaspoon and dinner spoon. Depending on who you ask, this order might be different.

Learn how to set your holiday table with this easy step by step how to guide using items you probably already have at home!

Serveware

My mom is the first to point out I never have salt on our dinner table. This year she is getting her own salt & pepper shakers like all our dinner guests with these adorable mini stoneware cow shakers.

Learn how to set your holiday table with this easy step by step how to guide using items you probably already have at home!

Matching trivets are also making an appearance on our holiday table in anticipation of all the yummy warm food we’ll be serving this season.

Learn how to set your holiday table with this easy step by step how to guide using items you probably already have at home!

Setting your holiday table is easy when you have a plan. Begin with the basics and add more each year. With a two year old daughter at home, I fully expect our holiday table to get more complex each year as she grows. For now, we’re keeping it simple and turning to Cracker Barrel for beautiful stoneware that is dishwasher and microwave safe.

Learn how to set your holiday table with this easy step by step how to guide using items you probably already have at home!

How are you setting your holiday table this season?

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Learn how to set your holiday table with this easy step by step how to guide using items you probably already have at home!

21 thoughts on “How to Set Your Holiday Table | Step by Step How To Guide”

  1. You know I’ve never thought of doing individualized salt and pepper shakers for dinners parties that’s such a cute idea! I’m glad to hear you’re teaching your daughter the tradition of setting a formal table!

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  2. It’s so nice to be able to set the table up and decorate it beautifully in time for the Holidays! It’s really one of the things that I enjoy doing! I think this is a great guide!

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  3. I like the idea of topping my dinner plates with salad plates and I even love how you observe traditional tablewear settings with the silverware set order. It makes for a great holiday table I have to say!

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  4. I just adore your holiday decor and the way you’ve created such a beautiful, yet functional table. The Cracker Barrel dishes are so lovely, especially since they are dishwasher safe. Makes clean up even easier.

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