Festive Christmas table settings: Ideas for holiday tables with retro style (1900s-1990s)

Christmas table settings Ideas for holiday tables with retro style

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Recreate these gorgeous 20th-century Christmas table settings

The Christmas season is a time of nostalgia and family traditions. For many of us, one of the most beloved traditions is gathering around a beautiful and festive holiday table for a celebratory meal.

Setting the table is a time-honored tradition that evokes the feeling of a classic, old-fashioned Christmas. From the linen tablecloth to the sparkling glassware and careful arrangement of the decorations, festive Christmas table settings can become an integral part of a family’s holiday traditions.

With a little thought and care — plus the inspiration of these lush holiday table settings of yore — you can create unforgettably nostalgic Christmas table settings that will be remembered for years to come.

Old-fashioned Christmas table settings from the 1930s & 1940s

Yuletide dinner – Christmas table settings from 1931

Vintage Yuletide dinner - Christmas table settings from 1931


1930s Christmas table setting in green

1930s Christmas table setting in green

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Fancy Christmas tree centerpiece on dining table (1949)

Fancy Christmas tree centerpiece on dining table (1949)


Simple old-fashioned 1940s dining room with table set for Christmas dinner (1949)

Simple old-fashioned 1940s dining room with table set for Christmas dinner (1949)


1950s Christmas table settings

An elegant old-fashioned Christmas table from the 50s

An elegant old-fashioned Christmas table from the 50s


1950s simple Christmas table with red and gold accents (1956)

1950s simple Christmas table with red and gold accents (1956)


A table with a centerpiece of crystal beads and flowers (1959)

Pretty vintage 50s Christmas table setting ideas from 1959


A good old-fashioned Christmas table from the 50s

1956 Christmas table

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Retro 1950s inspiration for setting the table

Retro 1950s inspiration for setting the table (6)


1960s Christmas table settings

A red and white Christmas table with a candy cane centerpiece (1965)

A red and white Christmas table with a candy cane centerpiece (1965)


Old-fashioned Christmas table decorated with hundreds of colorful glass ornaments (1969)

Old-fashioned Christmas table decorated with hundreds of colorful glass ornaments (1969)

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Elegant old-fashioned dining room with Christmas table decor (1969)

Elegant old-fashioned dining room with Christmas table decor (1969)


Christmas decor inspiration and tablesettings from 1960

Christmas decor inspiration and tablesettings from 1960 - Retro style (1)


Christmas decor with a glass star light fixture

Christmas decor inspiration and tablesettings from 1960 - Retro style (2)


Gold and red holiday table setup (1960)

1960s Christmas table settings with lots of gold accents


Christmas breakfast in the country (1962)

Basket of fresh fruit and greens, on a table set for Christmas breakfast in the country — old ironstone, red-and-white patterned cloth.

Christmas table decor from 1962


Table decorated with towering trees made of shiny ornaments (1969)

Christmas table decorated with shiny ornaments (1969)


Rustic breakfast table with sheafs of wheat

Christmas decor inspiration and tablesettings from 1960 - Retro style (1)


Golden & blue Christmas table decor (1969)

Golden Christmas table decor (1969)


Festive 1960s Christmas table decor with a big white Christmas tree centerpiece

Festive 1960s Christmas table decor with a big white Christmas tree centerpiece


Rustic bare branch Christmas tree table centerpiece (1964)

Rustic bare branch Christmas tree table centerpiece (1964)

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A super-retro casual pink Christmas table (1963)

A super-retro casual pink Christmas table (1963)


Classic semi-formal Christmas party table setting (1964)

Christmas table from 1964

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Simple holiday breakfast table style

Simple holiday breakfast table style


1970s Christmas table setting ideas

Christmas dinner on a coffee table in front of a half tree (1971)

Christmas dinner on a coffee table in front of a half tree (1971)


Whimsical country-style Christmas decor around a dining table (1973)

Whimsical country-style Christmas decor around a dining table (1973)


Retro Christmas table setting from 1970

Retro Christmas table setting from 1970

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Retro Christmas table with greenery and ornaments (1978)

Retro Christmas table inspiration from 1978 (2)


Beautiful golden holiday decor and pears

Beautiful golden holiday decor and pears

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A formal dining table with red chairs decorated for the holidays

A formal dining table with red chairs decorated for the holidays


Christmas table setting ideas from 1972

Christmas table setting ideas from 1972


Christmas holiday table setting from 1974

Christmas holiday table setting from 1974


Blue and white glassy and shiny Christmas table settings (1976)

Blue and white glassy and shiny Christmas table settings (1976)


Charming retro rustic small dining table set for Christmas (1970)

Charming retro rustic small dining table set for Christmas (1970)


1970s-style color-rich holiday table decor

1970s-style color-rich holiday table decor


Quaint rustic Christmas table from the 1970s

Quaint rustic Christmas table from the 1970s


Old-fashioned rustic Christmas table settings in red and green (1970)

Old-fashioned rustic Christmas table settings in red and green (1970)


Holiday tables from the 1980s and 1990s

Christmas dining table (1982)

Christmas dining table (1982)


Christmas table set with holly plates (1984)

Christmas table set with holly plates (1984)


Vintage Pier 1 Christmas dishes and tablesettings (1992)

Vintage Pier 1 Christmas dishes and tablesettings (1992)


90s Pier 1 Christmas plates

Vintage Pier 1 Christmas plates and tablesettings (1996)


Antique zone! Back to 1903

Old-fashioned Christmas tables 1903


The dinner table on Christmas Day (1903)

The dinner table on Christmas Day (1903)

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