Decoration is Key
decoration should be a central issue in your
decorating plans. That's where you'll be seating your guests for
Christmas dinner, so you want your table to look it's best. Many
people have parties during December and there's Christmas Eve,
Christmas Day and the New Year's Eve finale, so you have multiple
opportunities to dress that table to the nines!
It helps you give a different look if you have
several tablecloths. If not, don't worry. There are runners,
centerpieces, place mats, napkin rings and candle holders with
which you can put together many different and spectacular looks.
With the possible exception of candle holders, you can make all of
these Christmas table decorations yourself. They also make good
projects to do with kids, which adds to the fun of the season. Kids
are very visual and may surprise you with some very creative
Other helpful Christmas decorating
decorating for the home
Start your Christmas table decoration project with
a color scheme. For example, a white tablecloth topped with a gold
lace tablecloth makes an elegant and sparkling impression. You can
purchase gold lace at a fabric store and make your own for a
fraction of the price of a purchased tablecloth. White and gold are
neutral in the sense that they look well with most traditional
Runners can put pizzazz in your Christmas table
decorations all by themselves. Show off a fine wood dining table
with a runner. The possibilities are limited only by the number or
combinations of fabrics you can find. Decide on a look that pleases
you. Satins, plaids and quilted fabrics are popular choices.
Smaller gift shops offer some unusual runners, if you decide to
Centerpieces for the table offer lots of creative
latitude for your Christmas table decorations. A jewel-toned glass
bowl with floating candles and flower petals gives a romantic
magical look. Several small Poinsettias can be spaced down the
center of the table. Miniature roses also look good with
candlesticks between each plant. Just don't make your centerpiece
so tall that guests at the table cannot see one another!
place mats may be used directly on the table, or in
a layered look on top of a tablecloth. It is possible for your
project to get out of hand, producing a too-busy or overdone
effect. When planning your Christmas table decorations, do a dry
run, placing each element as you go along. Don't rely on imaging
the result in your mind.
Napkin rings come in many different materials to
suit your theme. Brass, silver, rattan, plastic, tortoise shell and
even ceramic ones are some of the many choices you'll find.
Candle holders are a must for the well-dressed
Christmas table. Silver and gold are always popular. Hand-painted
ceramic candlesticks give a comfortable feel, with a less formal
look. Gear your choice to your theme.
With some careful planning, your Christmas
table decorations will draw as many compliments as your