Copyright (c) 2008 Alia C Phillips
Every year the boss throws a wonderful shindig for Christmas. You know the kind where everything is perfect, the food, the decorations. So we go home thinking about all the ideas we got from the holiday parties and how we can recreate the same kind of look. After all, half of the enjoyment of Christmas is sharing the spirit through home holiday decor. A house readied for Christmas shows the spirit of goodwill and a welcome to our friends.
Floral arrangements for the holiday brings a sophisticated, warm sense to a home. You can easily find a florist with beautiful arrangements and spend the money on them, or you can choose to design them yourself and let loose your creativity. This is a great opportunity to discover your creative talent and for learning how to design and use color techniques. You can craft unique table decorations, construct themes and learn floral arrangements to create that perfect centerpiece. Tying colored ribbons or some foliage around folded napkins at place settings or decorating the table with Christmas tree baubles are good and simple ways to spruce up your holiday table. A favorite artsy touch of mine, would be to make scented cardamom pears as table decoration.
This year, I arranged a silk poinsettia centerpiece and sewed cheery Christmas tree napkins. Use two napkins of different colors for each place setting to give the Christmas table a different look. Place one napkin on top/inside of the other, and then accessorize with seasonal place mats and napkin rings. Festive napkin rings are easily crafted; you can make them yourself or find them at yard sales or off-season clearance sales. For example, small round ornaments with their pre-inserted metallic holders make great Christmas napkin holders. Don’t forget the magic of candlelight, tall and unscented white candles always make a room and a table more elegant, place some decorative candleholders to surround the bottoms of them and it’ll look very elegant. You can take either long candles or tea lights – choose white ones – and match them with white napkins tied with wide silver ribbon, for another winter holiday look.
Strings of popcorn and/or cranberries can be used for table or window edging, or as table runners going down the center of the table. Finding a unique and appropriate sized gingerbread house also makes for a great Christmas table decoration idea. Not only will it look and smell appealing to your guests, but it will bring out the child inside of everyone. We can all love a gingerbread house; for many, we have fond youthful memories of family times.
Its the shiny and sparkling decor of Christmas thatcor, and you can incorporate that into a gorgeous Christmas table decoration idea. Shiny green or red bows and make lovely place cards. Hang some shimmering ornaments from a chandelier above a table. Some carefully planned Christmas table decoration ideas have included strands of twinkling lights wrapped around a floral centerpiece and with the proper precautions taken, have appeared absolutely stunning. I thought I would add white dinner plates, topped with a bright red napkin, with a silver ring. You could use your formal silverware and leaded crystal wine glasses to give the table an extra touch of elegance. I have also used red snow flake napkins with red and white placemats, with great success.
And of course, around the holidays you’ll find the holiday candies. The shiny wrappers on Hershey Kisses and other candies make for some sweet Christmas table decoration ideas as well. You could simply put out a few candy dishes with the candies in them or create some sort of decoration with them, letting their shiny wrappers captivate the attention of your guests.
No matter what your Christmas table decoration idea, decorate your festive Christmas table and make sure it is something that will be feasible, fun, within your means and brings you the joy your holiday deserves.
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