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.
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
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.
Begin by placing dinner plates at each seat setting.
Top your dinner plates with salad plates.
Each setting should have a glass or mug depending on what you are serving to drink.
Top the salad plates with a folded cloth napkin.
Top each napkin with a bowl.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How are you setting your holiday table this season?
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21 thoughts on “How to Set Your Holiday Table | Step by Step How To Guide”
I am hosting Christmas dinner at my house this year, so I am super happy to read this. I have been scratching my head wondering what to do on my table so it looks festive.
This looks so lovely. I love the dishes. I’ve never had to space to host large numbers, but this was a helpful read as now I know where to place everything.
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!
We are getting a Cracker Barrel soon, and I’m excited to visit their store, I haven’t had that candy since I was a kid! Love the dishes you chose! So pretty.
Oh my! It’s so festive and beautiful! I never thought about using some of our Christmas balls to decorate the table. Great idea!
I love the salt and pepper cow shakers! Except I’d never be able to keep them on the table, my son would still them all. Lol
Everybody could use a guide in this. And it’s so much fun to do this also
This came out soo cute! I really wanted to do a cute table this year, but the tiny heathens that live with me decided that they would not leave it alone this year lol
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!
What a beautiful table set up. Your guests are going to be so impressed with how nicely your tablescape looks and they are sure to talk about it for years to come.
I am the worst at setting the table. I never know which side the forks and knives go on. This is a great guide!
This is such a detailed guide! I love that you give more than the look but the How To as well.
I like to do a little extra when it comes to setting the table for the Holidays! I think this is a lovely guide, the decorations are always important when you want a stunning table!
you just put me into the holiday mood! I’m totally in love with the buffalo plaid!
I love to shop at Cracker Barrel, I haven’t noticed their stoneware. I need to take my eyes off all the nostalgic goodies!!
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!
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.
Oh I am in love with your tableware! I never knew Cracker Barrel had a product line! I need to find these!
I really like the look of these dishes! I don’t know that I would have ever thought about getting them from Cracker Barrel.
Been looking for a quick and easy Holiday table set up and now, the search is over. I need to consider this idea!
That is gorgeous! My kitchen currently has a farmhouse theme and this dinnerware set would be perfect for it. 🙂