You don’t need to be Martha Stewart to put together a fabulous Christmas table. A little creativity, some supplies and inspiration from these amazing Christmas table setting ideas should make your holiday modern, merry and bright.

1. Use fruit to deck out the Christmas table setting

Pomegranates, pears, apples, lemons or grapes can all be beautiful (and edible) accessories. Choose a color theme and layer the color in different sizes and textures to make your holiday table unique. It’s an inexpensive way to create the perfect Christmas table setting. No need to store it until next year – just have the fruit for dessert!

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Pears and pomegranates, layered with fresh greens are perfect Christmas decorations. Images: and

2. Decorate your dining chairs for Christmas

Add a little holiday cheer to the backs of your chairs. Use ribbon, or hang a wreath, ornament or name tag to each chair. Or even better, give all your guests angel wings!

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Both of these Christmas table settings have a white theme with whimsical chair decorations. Images: and

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Rustic or elegant, dressing up your chairs will give your Christmas table a unique look. Images: and 

3. Be glad for plaid

Plaid can be a bit old fashioned, but not if you use it in new ways. Check out these beautiful Christmas table setting ideas featuring plaid.

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Keep plaid fresh by pairing it with bright white. Images: and

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Layers of plaid create a cozy Christmas table. Images: and

4. Add black to your Christmas tablescape

Want to add a fresh and modern pop to your Christmas table settings? Add some black in the form of a tablecloth, dishes, candles or ornaments.

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Black linen has a warm and earthy look and feel. Images: and

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Layer your everyday black and silver china into your Christmas table setting. It looks great with green, red and yellow. Images:

5. Light up your table

Battery-powered LED string lights can be placed all through the table to add a Christmas wonderland effect.

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A minimalist Christmas table features a simple table runner and some small Christmas ornaments and lights. Image:

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Add battery-powered lights in mason jars as a unique replacement to candles, or use globe string lights along the length of the table. Images: and

6. Tie up your Christmas table setting like a present

Ribbon is an inexpensive way to decorate your Christmas table. When choosing one, look for wired ribbon, which makes it easier to bend and fold it into shape.

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The act of untying a lovely bow makes the place setting even more special. Images:

7. Decorate using your glass bowls and serving stands

Create an impressive tower of gorgeousness by using glass hurricanes, vases, jars, cake stands or glass bowls and fill them with your favorite objects. Or make a modern terrarium by choosing an unusually shaped candle holder and adding botanical elements to it.

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Create height by stacking platters filled with Christmas-themed objects. Images: and

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A simple glass candle holder, set on some pine needles can be an elegant addition to your Christmas table. Image:

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