Have You Set the Christmas Table Yet?

This year's table --- built around two gold candles Melanie gave me this morning.

This is my favorite part of getting ready. I set my table for Christmas Eve dinner this morning so I can enjoy it and fuss around with it a little more (I still have to finish the place cards). I lean toward the formal setting but your festive table can take on your own personality.

This morning my friend Melanie gave me some gold candle sticks. (Light bulb!) I decided to build my tablescape around two gold candlesticks. Gold and green with a sprinkle of red is the result. Gold balls accent the table (I actually took some off the tree!). When the sun sets and the lights are low, I hope to have a table that sparkles and whispers, “We are happy you’re here.”

Ideas — Tell Me Some of Your Own

  • Take a pretty tray or basket, place several votive candles on/in it and accent with some greens and ribbons.
  • Always use candles of some kind for the Christmas meal.
  • If your dining table is a farm-type table or more informal, use a colorful quilt to cover it. Make a centerpiece out of greens from your yard – holly, evergreen, magnolia leaves.
  • Use the gingerbread house your kids made as a centerpiece.
  • Use Christmas ornaments to decorate the table.
  • Weave beaded garland throughout the table for some sparkle.
  • Use various dishes that don’t match with a plain tablecloth.
  • Tie napkins with ribbons.
  • Put fresh cranberries in a vase and fill with some kind of white flowers. Do a lot of small vases or use one big one.
  • Fill a bowl with pomegranates and oranges.
  • Use a colorful silky scarf on which to place your Christmas baubles.
  • If you have a collection of anything — nutcrackers, carolers, houses, whatever, arrange them as a centerpiece with greens.
  • Fill a glass bowl with sparkly ornaments and greens.
  • If you can sew a simple stitch, visit the fabric store and make a table runner(s).
  • Walk through Michael’s or A.C. Moore and get ideas. Find some Christmas picks, candles, garlands, anything and get home and put it all together. Sales are going on now.
  • Let your children decorate the table for a complete children’s table. They will feel like they did meaningful work. Let them make place cards.

Welcome...we're glad you're here!

It doesn’t matter if it’s just two or twenty; if you have matching dishes or not. Put your mood and personality into it. Set your table with a spirit of hospitality. It shows.


One thought on “Have You Set the Christmas Table Yet?

  1. Oh, so pretty! Can’t wait! Your table always looks gorgeous, but one of my favorites was the year Bill was back after serving in Afghanistan. I remember you saying, “It might be a little over the top, but we’re celebrating because Bill is back!” And celebrate we did.

    No such thing as over the top when it comes to Christmas tables, is my motto.

    Oh, and glad you liked the candles! 🙂

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