These Budget Friendly Christmas Place Settings for Kids are so easy to put together, plus beautiful enough for adults to enjoy, too!
Thank you Oriental Trading for sending me these items. All opinions in this post are 100% my own.
At the start of social isolation, I shared an Easter Place Setting for Kids. And here we are…nearing the end of 2020…no sign of parties in sight. But I’m a big believer in the fact that little things matter.
So, I’m sharing these Christmas Place Settings for Kids to give inspiration for ways you can make this holiday season feel special.
My kids always see my parties a month or two before the actual holiday…but on Easter I redid the whole setup again the night before and they were still SO excited Easter morning.
Because of that experience, I’ll be recreating that magical feeling with these Christmas Place Settings.
Now, let’s get down to what really matters. This holiday season the budget may be tight for many of you.
I haven’t said anything publicly yet, but my husband was one of the millions that lost his job this year. Things are looking optimistic a few weeks after the shock, but one of the first things I thought of was, “how are we going to pay for Christmas?”
So a party and new Christmas decor may be the last thing on your mind, but I told you the story about Easter for a reason.
Those decorations MADE that morning.
And the best part is those decorations were inexpensive thanks to Oriental Trading, and most of the items can be used every year.
Budget Friendly Christmas Place Setting Tips
- The very first thing you need to do is CREATE A BUDGET. Track your finances this month and allow for all of your necessary expenses before calculating your Christmas budget. Bonus Tip: One rule I always try to follow is to only go into debt for large items like a house and car.
- Another thing you need to keep in mind – this is my job. For photographing images, everything needs to have layers and look perfect. Know you DO NOT need to keep these standards to get your kids excited.
- With that in mind – You don’t have to include all the layers of the place setting, all the decorations, all the stocking stuffers. This is merely meant for inspiration. So if I were to work with my budget right now, I’d go with a few elements from the Christmas Crew Collection and some inexpensive stocking stuffers.
- USE COUPONS! Oriental Trading constantly has sales on their already low prices. Right now, use the coupon code that’s in the blue banner that says FREE SHIPPING on their site.
- Embellish your Christmas Place Settings with FREE PRINTABLES. I have my Christmas printables listed at the bottom of this post.
- Use Christmas décor you already have. If you don’t have Christmas specific décor, you might be surprised what items you have that you can include. I have a garland you can see in the background that usually rests on a bookcase in my living room, but adding some ornaments and tying a ribbon around a candle (which I also already had) made it look like those items were MEANT for Christmas decorations.
So, I just want to reiterate this again…these supplies are a guide – pick and choose what works for you, and seriously – kids will be happy with some Santa plates, napkins, and cookies!
Christmas Place Setting Supplies
- Christmas Crew Party Supplies
- Christmas Crew Santa Plates
- Red Paper Dinner Plates
- Gold Paper Chargers
- Christmas Crew Beverage Napkins
- Christmas Crew Luncheon Napkins
- Poinsettia Placemat
- Christmas Crew Favor Boxes
- Glass Milk Bottles
- Red Ribbon
- Mini Holiday Stockings
- Christmas Crew Square Plates
- Mini Santa Party Hats
Now, the most expensive part of this setup is the Christmas décor. I like to include this because unlike disposable items like the party plates, these items can be used every year!
Christmas Place Settings Decor
- Christmas Décor
- Christmas Crew Centerpieces
- Poinsettia Garland
- Shatterproof Ornaments
- Sisal Trees
- Santa Sleighs
- Mistletoe Banner
- Red Ribbon
- White Canvas Tote Bags
Like I said before, I was worried about what I would do for Christmas presents and stocking stuffers end up costing way more than I usually expect.
So to go along with my Santa Christmas Place Setting theme, I found some really inexpensive items to go in stockings or to use as party favors.
Christmas Stocking Stuffers and Party Favors
- Christmas Stocking Stuffers and Toys
- Mini Holiday Magic Springs
- Christmas Puzzles
- Holiday Scavenger Hunt
- Candy Cane Pencils
Christmas Candy for Stocking Stuffers
- Christmas Candy
- Santa Roll Tape Gum
- Christmas Mini Peanut Butter Cups
- Christmas Rolo Candy
- Peppermint Ring Pops
These items aren’t pictured, but I thought they were really fun activities to set up a Santa Letter station in your home!
Other Recommended Christmas Activities and Décor
- Holiday Hanging Fans
- Mod and Merry Christmas Tree Cutout
- Santa Feet Floor Clings
- Christmas Crew Pin the Mustache on Santa Game
- Letters to Santa Mailbox
Want some Free Christmas Printables to go along with these place settings? Check out these other posts!
- Santa and Mrs. Claus Gift Tags – These hand drawn and lettered gift tags are adorable, plus I’ve included the print and cut files to use with your Cricut Machine!
- A Christmas Story Free Printables – by far my most popular Christmas printable. True fans will love these inside jokes from the movie. Use these on their own, or create an “A Christmas Story” Gift Basket.
- Newlywed Christmas Gift Basket Ideas and Printables – give the gift of practicality without sacrificing creativity!
- Christmas Calligraphy Worksheets – includes 4 pretty calligraphy styles.
- Joy to the World Christmas Color Sheet – this coloring sheet is hand drawn and hand lettered…and pretty freakin’ cute.
- 2 Christmas Coloring Pages – Need more coloring activities? Download these free printables, or learn how to make your own!
- Light the World Christmas Hand Lettering Sheet – this works great with Brush Lettering Pens.
- Free Photoshop Christmas Card Templates – want an inexpensive photo card? Well, doesn’t get much better than FREE…just pay printing costs!
- Spread Joy Door Hanger – my take on the Halloween “You’ve Been Boo’d” Printable. Spread Joy this Christmas with this fun printable activity.
- Merry Little Christmas Hand Lettering Worksheet – yeah, you’ll have lots of hand lettering practice this Christmas.
- Letter to Santa Card and Envelope – I love how compact this printable is, so it’s easy to save as a keepsake.
- Makeup Gift Basket Set – this is a really creative and pretty gift idea!
- Pop Up Christmas Idea – attach these pop up printables to soda bottles. These look amazing at parties!
- Christmas Gift Card holder – give this to your favorite foodie!
- Hawaiian Christmas Gift Boxes – in case you want a non traditional Christmas treat box!
Wow – this was much more detailed than I expected it to be, but I wanted to make sure you got all my favorite budget tips to create these very special Christmas Place Settings.
We’ve already told our kids that Christmas might look a little different this year, but 2020 has taught them to adapt to hardship and change.
I want to end by saying I’m thinking about you all and hoping you’re doing well.
I appreciate every single person who visits this site, downloads my printables, purchases from my shop, and signs up for my newsletter.
Because of you, my husband losing his job would have been a totally different story, so THANK YOU and realize you’ve impacted our family in the best way!