I love creating inviting tablescapes for meals - whether for company or family. Christmas tablescapes are especially fun. When I started styling this particular blog, I had no idea how challenging it would be! It is actually much harder to make an interesting arrangement for one than it is to set an entire table. Also, I realized as I got into it, I didn't have any fresh flowers! Oh, horrors! I really do like to use fresh flowers, so as I go along, I will share with you in words, how I would do an entire table, but you will get the general idea with the settings below. I hope you are inspired to create a special setting for your family and friends tonight!
Unless I am having a very special party, I like to start with things I already have as a base and then add on as needed. I have an array of table linens, dishes, and napkin rings to select from, trying to do something different each time. Here are a few ideas below....enjoy!
I hope you use these 10 place settings to spark your imagination. A few tips....
1. Don't think you have to have Christmas china. You can certainly make a festive table with your regular dishes.
2. If you can though, it is scads of fun to have a few inexpensive patterns and one very lovely one. It makes my heart sing to use my good Christmas china. But that's the thing, you have to USE it. You can't let it just sit on the shelf. You deserve to use your good things every day.
3. Keep your eye open for clearance items at craft stores. For just pennies, you can add little touches that bring whimsy and magic to your table.
4. Use your collections for your centerpieces. I often just walk around my house and grab things here and there to use. It brings personality to your table.
5. Look outside for greenery you can use on your table. It was pouring rain when I put together they settings or I would have been outside cutting greenery and flowers to use. I love the florist, but I love just cutting things from the yard, too.
6. Buy your basic red, green, and white table linens and then add on. I probably have 20 Christmas tablecloths that I have gathered over the years. I am very partial to plaid and have about five different plaids. The same with napkins. Have your basics and then you can add a few patterns. Stripes and polka dots are traditional, yet add lots of "pop" to your table.
7. Napkin rings go in and out of fashion. I literally have drawers full of napkin rings. They add lots of interest to a basic plate.
8. One thing that I didn't use in the above photos, but are inexpensive and plentiful - Christmas ball ornaments. They come in all sizes and colors and look terrific either piled in a big glass dish or scattered around the table. I have even tied three different colors together and laid them at intervals down my table in between small floral arrangements. It costs very little and looks very festive.
9. I have a bit of a split personality. I like very formal dinner settings and then I like very casual cabin-like rustic settings. They both make me feel like Christmas. I encourage you to mix the two. The juxtaposition of the two styles gives you something very eclectic and vibrant.
10. Don't be afraid to go big and bold. As long as you can see over it, don't be afraid to use something, or several things, very substantial as a centerpiece. Make a statement!