There is nothing better than sharing a delicious holiday meal at a perfectly set table with close family and friends. Focus on your holiday dinner menu and leave that holiday decor to the last minute. Why you ask? Because with these last minute holiday decor ideas for your holiday table will only take you just a short time to put together.
Let’s start with the first layer of the table. Set out a beautiful crisp white or ivory table cloth, there really is no need to go out and purchase a special tablecloth just for that one evening that you are hosting. There are many ways to dress up the elegant white or ivory tablecloth.
Construct your own holiday table runner with dollies! Make a lavish pattern with colored or simple white dollies by staggering them down the table. Use a variety of sizes and colored dollies to create a one of a kind table runner for your holiday dinner. You can keep the edges of the various dollies together with a drop of glue, so that your pattern stays in place. If you opt to place white dollies out, spray them with silver or gold glittery spray paint to add that extra holiday glam to your table.
Fill glass hurricanes up with various holiday goodies! These can act as beautiful centerpieces when grouped together or even stagger them along your table runner. Fillers for the hurricanes can include: pinecones, individually wrapped peppermint candies, and even gold, red, or green glass Christmas ornaments. For more of an impressive look, spread out three large hurricanes and fill them with one solid ornament color and tie the outside part of the hurricane with a contrasting decorative ribbon.
Another centerpiece idea includes spray painting branches you can find outside with a silver or gold spray paint. Using the spray painted sticks, place them in a sturdy glass vase and hang colorful and festive ornaments from the branches. This would be an ideal focal centerpiece on any table.
If you are opting for more of a simple tablescape, place elegant and classy tapered candles in an assortment of candle holders then run down the center of your table. Find festive holiday colored candles, such as red, green, white, silver and gold. Use the candle holders you already have for a mix and match look. If you have a collection of candle stick holders, perhaps glass or silver ones, stick with one material.
Make each guest feel special at your table by creating their very own personalized place setting. Use white, cream or even colored napkins and create your very own napkin ring to place them in. Tie a decorative silver or gold ribbon around each napkin. Attach a small gift card to the ribbon itself and write your guest’s name right on the tag to indicate where they will be seating at the table. Other napkin ring ideas include: wrapping greenery around the napkin (extra remnants from creating your wreath perhaps) and finishing it off with a small twig of berries or even use a piece of raffia to tie the napkin and insert a candy cane as a decorative touch.
Ann Martin is a writer for Dinnerware Center, which offers a line of exquisite dinnerware styles and flatware sets, such as the Reed & Barton set. Dinnerware Center even carries gorgeous Christmas ornaments. Ann is a writer for wedding-related and travel websites. When Ann is not writing, she enjoys spending time traveling.
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