How to Decorate A Pretty Pastel Christmas Table

A festive pastel table setting with pink, purple, and blue plates and cups.

I’ve been wanting to do something different with my Christmas table for a while and so I’m thrilled to finally be able to create a design that sits well in home, offers a little alternative to the norm and gives you some ideas for creating your own unique style.

Welcome to my Pastel Christmas Table. If you’re looking for some pastel Christmas decor inspiration, you’re in the right place.

I’ve pulled this together to show that you don’t always have to be completely traditional with your Christmas decorating, and that adding a little twist of your own can still be festive.

You’ll be familiar with my pink and green dining room if you’re a regular reader and you’ll understand how a more traditional red table set just won’t work in here.

In the past I’ve kept things quite Scandi, white and minimal but this year wanted to embrace the colour in this room and give us something more inspiring.

Decorating a Christmas table in pastel colors like pink and lilac can create a soft, whimsical, and festive atmosphere. Here’s a list of key things to remember on how to create a beautiful pastel Christmas table:

  1. Choose a Color Palette: Stick to a cohesive color scheme. Soft pinks, lilacs, and complementary pastel tones like mint or pale blue can create a harmonious look. Avoid using too many bright or contrasting colors that might clash with the pastel theme.
  2. Table Linen Selection: Opt for tablecloths and napkins in pastel shades. They set the base for your pastel theme. You could use a lilac tablecloth and pink napkins, or vice versa, to add depth to your table setting.
  3. Centerpiece Ideas: Create a centerpiece with pastel-colored flowers, like pink roses or lilac hydrangeas. You can also incorporate candles in pastel hues or frosted glass holders for a soft, glowing ambiance.
  4. Tableware and Utensils: Use tableware that complements your pastel theme. White or cream dishes can serve as a neutral backdrop, while pastel-colored serving bowls or platters can add a pop of color.
  5. Glassware and Cutlery: Choose clear or subtly tinted glassware that won’t overpower the pastel theme. For cutlery, consider silver or gold for a touch of elegance that pairs well with pastel tones.
  6. Place Setting Details: Add small touches like pastel-colored place cards, napkin rings, or a sprig of lavender or a small pink flower on each napkin for a personal touch.
  7. Lighting: Soft, warm lighting can enhance the pastel tones. Fairy lights, candles, or dimmable lamps can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.
  8. Decorative Accents: Include pastel ornaments, ribbons, or baubles. Scatter them across the table or incorporate them into your centerpiece for a festive touch.
  9. Personalized Touches: Consider adding a personal element, such as handwritten menus or a small gift at each place setting, tied with a pastel ribbon.
  10. Balance and Symmetry: While arranging your table, aim for balance and symmetry to create a visually pleasing setup.

Remember, the key to a successful pastel Christmas table is in the details and the harmony of colors and textures, creating a festive yet serene and elegant atmosphere.

Take a closer look:

A pastel Christmas table setting with a candle and a gift.
A pastel table set with plates, cups, and glasses for a festive Christmas gathering.

The tableware is from the Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Colour Pop collection. 

Consisting of 4 different colours, Pink, Mulberry, Sunshine and Celadon, the plates, bowls and cups have a casual, relaxed design ideal for every day use as well as special occasions.

This multi award winning collection is a beautiful range and designed for modern day living. This comprehensive home and tableware collection is now considered a modern classic 

As you can see, I’ve layered the pastels colours, mixing them across the table for a colourful, eye catching layout.

The addition of festive pieces such as the kitsch crackers, gold cutlery and sparkly napkins help to give the pieces a more seasonal feel.

A pastel Christmas table setting with pink and gold plates and silverware.
A pastel table setting with colorful plates and bowls.
A pastel table setting with plates, cups, and a bottle of wine.

What I’ve been careful to avoid is layering similar shades too close together. I’ve tried to separate the complementary shades of pink and mulberry with the celadon or sunshine to help give it a more eclectic feel.

It helps the table appear less uniform and lets each of the individual colours sit effortlessly on their own without them feeling merged and lost.

I love how the gold touches in the gift wrap, crackers and of course, the cutlery help elevate the pastel shades to something more exotic and luxurious.

And there always has to be greenery on a Christmas table. The soft green of the eucalyptus did the trick perfectly and a wonderful aroma. You can pick up some stems in any good florist.

A pastel and gold table setting with a candle, perfect for a festive Christmas gathering.
A pastel table setting with a candle and eucalyptus for a Christmas celebration.

Candles are an integral part of a Christmas table and a gold candle would look just as good as my ombre pink and probably add more of a festive feel to the table too.

When pulling this scheme together, I would highly recommend choosing one of the colours from the Colour Pop selection and using that as your accent along with a metallic. Pink or green is a good one, and  use that colour through your accessories to help coordinate the whole table.

If you’d like to recreate this look or check out the products further, shop my Colour Pop table here:-

Mulberry Bowls || Celadon Bowls || Mulberry Cup & Saucer || Pink Cup & Saucer || Sunshine Large Bowl || Pink Coupe Plate || Celadon Coupe Plate || Coupe Plate Assorted Colours 

Whilst the collection does look good on a Christmas table, can you imagine how it will look on your Easter table? Or maybe a Summer party too? Pretty lovely right?

It’s easier to see how these colours work well on the table in a warmer season, but I hope I’ve showed how your pastel colours can work just as well on your Christmas table this year.

A pastel table setting with pink and blue plates and cups.
A pastel-colored table setting with colorful plates and silverware.

Has this inspired you to try a different colour scheme for your Christmas table this year?

Would you adopt a Pastel Christmas table?

I’d love to know your thoughts so drop me a note below or have a chat on social media.

Jen x


Learn how to decorate a pretty pastel Christmas table.

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Jos Buttler
    December 3, 2018 / 5:43 am

    Just WOW! Nice colours, so much serene and calm. Pastel Christmas are looking great. These are some new interior designs ideas for celebrating Christmas this year.

    Thanks Jen Stanbrook for these fresh ideas.

  2. Hannah Fields
    September 18, 2019 / 6:11 pm

    Hi, love the table runner. Could you let me know where it’s from?

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