12 Items for Creating a Modern Christmas Tablescape

12-items-for-creating-a-modern-christmas-tablescapeChristmas is both the season of giving and maybe the one time of the year that your guests will forgive you for being a little extravagant. There’s still something to be said, though, for sticking with staples at the same time that you buck tradition.

A burgundy tablecloth, for instance, can go really well with a vibrant cornucopia or berry garland as the table’s centerpiece.

The sterling silver look of pewter charger plates also is a great complement to traditional Christmas Day ornamentations like nutcrackers, sterling silver cutlery and sparkling white and red LED lights around the room.

Pinecones for Everyone?  A decorative pinecone with snow sprinkles on it can be a great way to welcome guests to the table. Pick a snow-sprinkled pinecone and set it up on each guest’s plate, and attach a name tag on the pinecone itself.

This way you’ll let everyone know where they’ll be sitting, and you’ll limit any possible altercations that could put a quick damper on the Christmas cheer by sitting friends together!

Sprigs and Fruit Decorations.  One Christmas tradition, apart from ungluing the guys from the football game and getting everyone around the table, is a wreath on the front door. One way to bring that same spirit to your Christmas table decor is to adorn your table’s centerpiece with sprigs or imitation fruit decorations. These immediately put guests into the spirit of Christmas day.

Votive Candles.  You probably recognize votive candles from going to church and seeing white and red candles placed around the alter for a votive offering as part of a Christmas prayer. That said, people of all faiths use votive candles to breathe some life into their Christmas tablescapes.

Especially if you went with white plates or need something to jazz up your decor, square votive candles in Christmas colors could definitely be coupled with cranberries, holly or twigs and snow sprinkles in a rectangular dish to bring cheer to your guests.

Candy Cane Lane.  Many stores carry Christmas-styled vases, but if you’re creating a tablesscape at the last second here’s an idea for creating a centerpiece that will really wow your guests. Get a rectangular vase and fill it with carnations – the brighter the better. Then, glue candy canes all around the vase, or even use a red-ribbon tie to keep all the candy canes affixed to the white vase.

The contrast between the white in the candy canes and the carnations natural brilliance will leave your table looking festive and fresh this holiday season. You might not even want to take it all down until we slip into the New Year!

Pear Down to the Winner.  Creating a centerpiece might actually be easier than you think. A piece of an evergreen tree – or its artificial counterpart – can serve as the base for creating the perfect centerpiece. Find three or four snow or gold-sprinkled artificial pears and drop them along your evergreen centerpiece. Add some silver and ceremonial pinecone pieces to the mix and you’ve got a great combination of creative decor and festive ambience.

Spell C-H-E-E-R.  Using basic Scrabble pieces you can create a centerpiece or Christmas lobby decoration that sets your house apart this holiday. Simply spell out “Merry Christmas” or “Seasons Greetings” using regular Scrabble pieces and lay the Scrabble holder along a pewter plate dotted with figs, holly and silver balls.

Remember that Christmas is both about sticking to tradition and seizing the occasion to do something really creative. Using votive candles, candy canes and even Scrabble pieces to your advantage will give your guests a great time this holiday.


7 Ways to Make Your Home Warm and Snuggly for the Holidays

7-ways-to-make-your-home-warm-and-snuggly-for-the-holidayThe holidays are the time to bring snuggly warmth into the home. Bringing warmth can actually help bring family members and friends together for enjoyable bonding time. It can even help create a peaceful calming atmosphere filled with love and good vibes. If you are wondering how you can bring a feeling of warmth into your home this year the suggestions below might help.

1. Always Have Food Cooking 

The holiday time is the best times too always have something cooking. One of the best ways too constantly have your home smelling like warm comforting food is by creating crock-pot meals. As the meals slowly cook throughout the day, your home will smell warm, inviting and comforting.

2. Burn Candles 

Nothing is more snuggly warm than having candles lit all around your home in safe places. This is especially true is they are pleasant holiday scented ones such as Christmas wreath, sugar cookies, cinnamon sticks, apple pie, pumpkin spice, ginger bread cookie or Christmas Tree. Candles always seem to create a calming, yet cheerful atmosphere that makes everyone feel relaxed and happy.

3. Lie out Soft Fleece Holiday Blankets

Snuggly fleece blankets placed upon chairs and sofas can add comfort to any room during the holidays. When it’s cold outside all anyone ever wants to do is wrap up in a warm black and snuggle the day away with love ones watching some classic holiday movies.

4. Keep the Holiday Decorations Calming 

Instead of using bright colors of red and green during the holidays to decorate your home, use calming colors of blues and silvers, or warm inviting colors in shades of browns.  Maybe even bring a little nature inside as decoration instead of buying holiday décor. Pinecones, freshly cut blue spurs branches, holly berries, freshly harvested junipers and acorns used to create holiday pieces can actually bring a bit of peacefulness indoors. After all, nature is healing and comforting to the mind, body and spirit.

5. Keep the Fireplace Lit

If you have a fireplace, keep it lit throughout the holiday season. Nothing says snuggly warm like a good old fashion fire burning away in a fireplace. If you have a wood stove instead, it is still warm and snuggly to have, but fill a pot up with water, add some fresh herbs to it and let the stove create a pleasant herbal steam that will help make your home smell cozy and inviting.

6. Lay Out Holiday Rugs 

Laying out holiday rugs can create warmth and comfort into any home on the holiday. Place the rugs under the kitchen tables, sofas, chairs or wherever else you please. Rugs will also help keep the cool drafts from sneaking up through the floors during the winter season. Nothing is worse than feeling a cold breeze sneak up behind you while you are trying to enjoy a snuggly warm holiday season inside.

7. Place Snacks and Warm Beverages

Keeping a table of fresh snacks and warm beverages can make anyone want to enjoy some warm snuggly time throughout the holiday season with friends and family. Some of the best snacks to have are cookies, popcorn, chips and dip, crackers and cheeses, fresh fruits, veggie sticks and pies. Some of the best beverages that bring comfort during the holiday season are eggnog, warm spiced apple cider, freshly brewed hot coffee, steeped herbal teas and hot cocoa.

Don’t forget, keeping a home full of warm comforting snuggly goodness is a sure way to keep everyone happy, healthy, calm and cheerful throughout the holiday season.