Christmas 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.