One of the easiest ways to bring a festive feel to your rooms is with tabletop Christmas tree decor. Whether you introduce a mini tree to your dining table, fill a hallway console with tree greenery or even use fake foliage or paper trees to add a fun touch to a sideboard, you will instantly bring transformative color, and often a seasonal scent, into a space.
Below, we show you our favorite tabletop Christmas tree decor ideas – you can adapt them to suit your Christmas decorating ideas.
Table Christmas tree decor
Tabletop Christmas tree decor could, of course, become the focus of your Christmas table ideas, the Christmas table centerpiece that is the focus of your festive family meal. Or, you could decorate other tables around the house with mini trees. Faux foliage is, of course, always an option, but real Christmas foliage ideas will bring that unmistakeable aroma of the holidays with them.
1. Use a mini tree as a table gift
'A miniature Christmas tree planted in a tea light holder makes a fabulous Christmas table gift idea. Keep it as small as possible so it doesn't dwarf the rest of the tableware, and match the tea light holder to the rest of your festive scheme,' says Melanie Griffiths, Editor at Period Living.
2. A small tree looks fabulous on a hallway console
The simplest of Christmas hallway decor ideas, a tabletop Christmas tree is the perfect introduction to a festive event.
'Welcome your guests this Christmas with an entryway display that's full of festive cheer. It might not be obvious to place a small potted tree on your console – but if you get the proportions right it can look perfect. Decorate it with a Christmas tree topper idea and string lights to create a cozy entrance,' says Andrea Childs, Editor of Country Homes & Interiors.
3. Use a myriad of shapes and sizes for a tabletop display
'If you're not a fan of tabletop clutter – let's face it, it's hard to find room with all the festive items that we need for Christmas dinner – then you can make a display on a console table or sideboard instead,' says Lucy Searle, Global Editor in Chief, Homes & Gardens.
'A collection of mini Christmas tree ideas made from different materials will make a beautiful arrangement. Always use an odd number – this is a top stylist's trick – and vary the heights for interest.'
4. For a pared back look use paper trees
'Paper decorations have seen a resurgence this year and it's easy to see why. They're more eco than plastic decorations and can be folded back up for storing. If you love the pared back Scandi feel for your festive table then use a few of these larger trees along the middle,' suggests Jennifer Ebert, Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens.
5. Make your own 'tree' by decorating a candelabra
'Feeling creative? Create your own Christmas tabletop tree by covering a candelabra with moss and using trails of ivy wrapped around the stem. Use florist's wire to keep the moss in place and drape the ivy from the candle arms. Finish by lighting the dinner candles and use a selection of tea lights around the bottom to create a warm glow,' says Jennifer Ebert, Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens.
6. Use bottle brush trees for your tabletop
'Mix old and new styles by combining bottle brush tabletop trees with more trad elements like a trailing eucalyptus garland down the center of your table. Using green ones will help them to blend in with the rest of a classical elegant scheme and give your table height and interest,' suggests Melanie Griffiths, Editor at Period Living.
7. Light up your table with tree shaped candle holders
'A tabletop Christmas tree doesn't need be made from the real thing, consider tree shaped metal candle holders as alternative Christmas tree ideas instead. Light and easy to move about, you can place a pillar candle within each one and use them as arrangement down the center of your festive table,' suggest Jennifer Ebert, Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens.
8. Use tabletop Christmas trees to create a festive scene
'Nothing says Christmas like a beautiful tree, at home I like to incorporate smaller trees around the house, our elegant faux slim trees are perfect for dotting along a console table, they take up little room and need no maintenance but are guaranteed to add an additional festive layer to a hallway or sitting room,' says Suzy Humphreys, founder of Layered Lounge (opens in new tab).
'On Christmas Eve we have a house full of guests for drinks and nibbles; I cover our dining table in a big white linen cloth and dot our faux trees and ceramic houses down the center, giving it height and texture with plates of canapés mixed in between, It looks just like a snowy Scandinavian landscape and always proves very popular with the children as well as the adults.
'We usually have lots of family and friends stay during the festive season and creating a comfortable and elegant guest room is very important, as so many of us are so busy at this time of year, I find that adding a couple of our smaller faux trees on the bedside tables or on a mantelpiece adds a pretty festive flourish without taking lots of time out of your day, sometimes the smallest of gestures are the most memorable.'
9. Place these ceramic Christmas tabletop trees together
'Tabletop trees add instant height and impact to the Christmas dining table. For an alternative look, add a ceramic tree and festive foliage along the center of your place settings,' says George Miller, home designer at Neptune (opens in new tab).
10. Fill a glass tabletop tree with mini decorations and lights
'Whether you are looking for a stunning centerpiece for your table or a space-saving alternative to a traditional tree this year, tabletop Christmas trees are a really great way to do both, while keeping the festive spirit alive – not to mention that they make a wonderful gift to be enjoyed by everyone,' says Jason Bensohn, managing director at One.World (opens in new tab).
'Our Belmont Christmas tree jar is one of my favorites this season; completely transparent, it's perfect for adding a personal touch to your tabletop scheme, whether you wish to fill it with poinsettias, ivy and cranberries, baubles and string lights, or Christmas cookies and other festive treats, it's sure to get the conversation going at the table.'
How tall should a tabletop Christmas tree be?
A tabletop Christmas tree's height really depends on where it is to sit. If it is on a hallway console, a sideboard, a buffet – or any table that sits against a wall – it can comfortably be 3 to 5ft in height. If it is to sit on a Christmas dinner table, however, it needs to be small enough – no more than 6 to 10in for diners to be able to see each other over it – unless, of course, you plan to remove it before everyone sits down.
How long do tabletop Christmas trees last?
Tabletop Christmas trees can last Christmas to Christmas if they are cared for – outdoors – after the festive season. If kept solely indoors, they will last across the festive season, up to six weeks, assuming their soil is kept watered and they aren't too near any sources of heat. That means you can put yours on a table at the beginning of December and it should still look good for New Year's parties.
Sophie has been an interior stylist and journalist for over 20 years and has worked for many of the main interior magazines during that time, both in-house and as a freelancer. On the side, as well as being the News Editor for indie magazine, 91, she trained to be a florist in 2019 and launched The Prettiest Posy where she curates beautiful flowers for modern weddings and events. For H&G, she writes features about interior design – and is known for having an eye for a beautiful room.
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