This is my favorite part of getting ready. I set my table for Christmas Eve dinner this morning so I can enjoy it and fuss around with it a little more (I still have to finish the place cards). I lean toward the formal setting but your festive table can take on your own personality.
This morning my friend Melanie gave me some gold candle sticks. (Light bulb!) I decided to build my tablescape around two gold candlesticks. Gold and green with a sprinkle of red is the result. Gold balls accent the table (I actually took some off the tree!). When the sun sets and the lights are low, I hope to have a table that sparkles and whispers, “We are happy you’re here.”
Ideas — Tell Me Some of Your Own
- Take a pretty tray or basket, place several votive candles on/in it and accent with some greens and ribbons.
- Always use candles of some kind for the Christmas meal.
- If your dining table is a farm-type table or more informal, use a colorful quilt to cover it. Make a centerpiece out of greens from your yard – holly, evergreen, magnolia leaves.
- Use the gingerbread house your kids made as a centerpiece.
- Use Christmas ornaments to decorate the table.
- Weave beaded garland throughout the table for some sparkle.
- Use various dishes that don’t match with a plain tablecloth.
- Tie napkins with ribbons.
- Put fresh cranberries in a vase and fill with some kind of white flowers. Do a lot of small vases or use one big one.
- Fill a bowl with pomegranates and oranges.
- Use a colorful silky scarf on which to place your Christmas baubles.
- If you have a collection of anything — nutcrackers, carolers, houses, whatever, arrange them as a centerpiece with greens.
- Fill a glass bowl with sparkly ornaments and greens.
- If you can sew a simple stitch, visit the fabric store and make a table runner(s).
- Walk through Michael’s or A.C. Moore and get ideas. Find some Christmas picks, candles, garlands, anything and get home and put it all together. Sales are going on now.
- Let your children decorate the table for a complete children’s table. They will feel like they did meaningful work. Let them make place cards.
It doesn’t matter if it’s just two or twenty; if you have matching dishes or not. Put your mood and personality into it. Set your table with a spirit of hospitality. It shows.