A Whimsical “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Table Setting

Welcome to the 590th Tablescape Thursday!

I have such a treat for you today, especially if you’re still a kid at heart, as I am. Recently Elena shared the most adorable table she put together for her Christmas gathering with family. I know Christmas has passed but this table was just way too adorable to wait another whole year to share. Feel free to bookmark this post or pin these photos to Pinterest if you would love a bit of whimsical inspiration for your Christmas decor or dining next year.

Elena set the cutest “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” themed table this past Christmas. Elena said, “My grandson and his cousins love having their own decorated theme holiday tables. This year I did a Grinch theme and all the plates, cups and flatware were acrylic, plastic and unbreakable.”

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Themed Table Setting


If I had been at Elena’s for Christmas, I would have been trying to wrangle a seat at the kid’s table! I love it!

Elena found her bright red tablecloth at HomeGoods and made her table runner and both napkin designs from fabric she found in JoAnn’s Fabrics.

Christmas Table Ideas for Kids, How Grinch Stole Christmas Table

You can see the napkins Elena made a bit better in this photo. Such a cute design and I love them layered together!

The acrylic Grinch plates and drinking cups are from Williams Sonoma. The Bright Green charger plates are from Michaels. The green Grinch cups with lids and straws are from Etsy. The twig flatware is from Pier One and is available here: Twig Flatware.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Salad Dessert Plates and Napkins


For her napkin rings, Elena glued adorable Grinch Christmas ornaments from Hobby Lobby to plastic napkin rings she found on eBay. So clever!

Christmas Table in Red, White, Candy Cane Theme


How the Grinch Stole Christmas Plates, Dinnerware


All the Grinch figurines are Jim Shore and Elena found them in her local Hallmark store.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Table for Children


How the Grinch Stole Christmas Table Setting


How the Grinch Stole Christmas Table


I especially love the sleigh!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Sleigh Decoration


The candy stripe Christmas trees are from Michaels. To make the whimsical bent-over Grinch Christmas tree, Elena said, “I bought a straight-standing undecorated tree from Hobby Lobby. I made sure I could bend it over. I bought all kinds of mini tree decorations from Michaels and glued them on with a glue gun. I glued a couple of dozen mini wrapped presents around the tree base to help the bent tree from tipping over.”

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Themed Table Setting


“Finally, I put loops of clear packing tape all over the Waterford pedestal top so the tree base would stick in place better. I have just adopted three rambunctious kittens—two four-month-olds and one month old. I was stressed about the potential damage my kittens could do, but my Grinch tree ended up being kitten-proof!!!”

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Characters, Cindy Lou Who


I love it all but I think my favorite part may be the Grinch Christmas tree! Sooo cute and funny!

How to Make a Bent Grinch Christmas Tree


Thanks so much to Elena for sharing this whimsical Christmas table setting she put together for the little ones in her family. I would love to have seen their faces when they walked in and saw where they would be dining. I know it added to the wonder and magic of Christmas Day!

Happy New Year to you all!



—Tablecloth: Red with silver swirl fabric—Home Goods
—Cotton light blue Grinch table runner and matching napkins—hand sewn, fabric from
Joann Fabrics
—Red with white polka dot cotton napkins—hand sewn, fabric from Joann
—Grinch napkin rings—Grinch Christmas ornaments from Hobby Lobby glued to
red plastic napkin rings from eBay
—Jim Shore Resin Grinch figurines from local Hallmark store: Max the dog, Cindy Lou Who, the Grinch’s loaded sleigh, Grinch holding a Christmas tree, Grinch with hands on hips, Grinch resting his chin on his hands
—Candy stripe Christmas trees from Michaels
—Bent over Christmas tree—tree and mini decorations from Hobby Lobby
—Crystal tree pedestal for tree— Waterford Lismore
—Acrylic Grinch plate and drinking cup from Williams Sonoma
—Bright green plastic charger plates from Michaels
—Green Grinch cups with lids and straws from Etsy
—Ceramic Grinch head cookie jars from fun dot com website


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  1. Such a darling table, I’m sure her grandchildren loved it!

  2. Hi Susan,

    This is one of the cutest tablescapes I’ve ever seen!!! Elena is sooo talented. I love the grinch fabric she used for napkins and table runner, and the grinch dishes are so pretty. I love the Jim Shore creations, and these are perfect for her table. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was my favorite Christmas story when I was growing up, and I still think it’s a really sweet story. Max the dog and Cindy Lou Who were my favorites as a child. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this, Susan, and thank you for hosting Tablescape Thursday!



  3. WANDA BRADEY says

    My 3 year old grandson’s favorite movie is The Grinch. We must have watched the entire movie (with Jim Carry) 4 times during the holidays (just at my house). He LOVES it! My grands would have loved this table! Very creative. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh that’s absolutely darling! I’m available for adoption if Elena wants another grandchild! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this great table!

  5. Melissa Mash says

    That is incredibly clever. I’m with you – I would have wanted to be at the kids’ table too!

  6. As a youngun, I remember reading stories by Dr. Seuss in Redbook magazine, and one other magazine as well. That could have been either Woman’s Home Companion or McCall’s, both of which my mother subscribed to. I was always enchanted by his writing.

  7. Oh to be a kid again and have a seat at that table! Beyond adorable!!! (I can see Susan’s wheels turning for her grandsons!)

  8. Selma Kessler says

    Well done Elena! My gosh, I’d have been arm wrestling for a spot at that kids table! So CUTE!! Thanks for sharing Susan!

  9. Bravo, Elena ! ! My grandkids would have loved this table! Your outstanding effort to create this will be all worth it when they are adults and still remember their Christmas table at your home! Thank you, Susan, for sharing this incredible tablescape.

  10. That is so lovely! The Grinch is a wonderful Christmas movie. I have never seen a tablescape with him featured before. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Bobbi Duncan says

    What a fun and creative tablescape! I especially love that tree (perfect for this setting) and the DIY napkin rings. Great job, and I know the kids got a kick out of it. I would love a seat at that table, too!

  12. Thank you so much for hosting. This week I am excited to share my 2020 goals, 2019 recap, and four amazing book recommendations! Happy New Year!

  13. Thank you for hosting for us this week.
    I’m so happy to be creating a Winter tablescape and soon decorating the house, after putting away Christmas, which bores me after the holidays.
    Have a wonderful 2020 dear Susan.

  14. Oh my, that’s incredibly cute! And a labor of love!

  15. Sabrina Holmes says

    Too,too cute!

  16. What a splendid table setting for any fan of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. It is so colorful and exciting.

  17. Adorable!!!! And the leaning tree, clever 🙂

  18. Laura Tieri says

    That table is awesome! I love that tree! I do a Grinch breakfast every year for my husband & I. You’re never too old for a fun & festive breakfast! My table doesn’t look as nice as Elena’s but I serve up green food. I make green pancakes, green juice, pear applesauce which has a green tint, etc.! Now I want/need to make my table more Grinchy! :0)

  19. This is precious! So much fun, and tons of things to ‘explore’ on this table. I love it! My fave is the funky tree, too! Gotta get me one of those for next year.

  20. Susan, thank you for posting photos of my Grinch tablescape on your lovely blog. I am honored.

    I had so much fun creating something for the kids’ Christmas table! The little ones at the table ranged in age from three to ten years old, and they all love The Grinch. The parents loved the fact that all the dishes were unbreakable, and that they could relax and enjoy their meals.

    Thanks again for hosting Tablescape Thursday, my favorite day on BNOTP.

  21. Brenda Lawrence says

    OMGoodness, this is such a cute table setting! I am a kid at heart too and would have been wrangling for a seat at the children’s table as well. I can’t believe those plates were plastic-they sure didn’t look it. I loved everything about this table setting, but I am like you Susan and just loved the tree. How clever was Elena when doing this tree?!! Love it! Hugs, Brenda

  22. Maria Cheney says

    I do adore that Grinchy tree! I love the Grinch theme! This is fantastic!

  23. So fun, such a lot of work, all done with love!!! The Grinch tree is a really great idea — and who can resist the little Grinch cups with their cute little straws?? Out of my way, Susan, the last seat at the table is mine — OK, let’s share it, even better! 🙂

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