When decorating for the holiday season many people remember to decorate the yard, the Christmas tree and the mantle, but what about the dining room table? You want your dinner guests to be transformed into the holiday season mood immediately upon entering the dining room. But how do you decorate it? Here are four dinner table decorating tips you cannot go wrong with this holiday season.
1. Decorations start with place cards.
Make specialized place cards for each guest to set the holiday tone throughout the room. You may do this by simply using free holiday graphics online. For instance, download a snowman or snowflake onto your computer, type names in a cursive style font on your computer, and print out the place cards using thick paper giving a rich feel to it. Or if you are decorating the kids table, then use kid friendly style font and graphics and perhaps leave an area where the kids could color holiday scenes. Whichever route you go think about the ambiance you wish to relay to your guests. For the place cards set the atmosphere for the rest of the holiday dinner table decorations.
2. Bust out the good china.
Dinnerware adds another element to the holiday dinner decorating. If you are hosting an upscale holiday dinner party with mainly adults, then you may wish to set the table with formal dinnerware. If you have formal china, then use it. What else would you be saving the good china for? Remember the dinnerware enhances the setting. Thus, consider the mood you wish to set at the party and choose dinnerware accordingly.
3. Use napkin rings.
Napkin rings sound like an insignificant item, but it does make a difference when it comes to your table setting. Napkin rings make the table look polished. What type of napkin ring is appropriate depends on what type of dinner party you are throwing. A set of napkin rings with sparkle will add another dimension to a formal style. If you doubt a napkin ring is necessary, then ponder about your personal preference: A folded napkin laying flat or a napkin wrapped around a precious napkin ring?
4. Create a centerpiece.
You do not have to be Martha Stewart to achieve this goal. Do not be intimidated by the idea of a centerpiece. There are several ways to create a gorgeous centerpiece without spending a lot of time and money. Gather together a group of round ornaments; choose colors complimentary to the napkin rings, china, and place cards. Next, place the ornaments in a large over sized bowl in the center of the dining room table and in moments you have a beautiful holiday setting. Another option is to use pine cones and branches for a rustic look. Creating a centerpiece allows you to be as creative as you wish.
This is your holiday table, so make it your own. Your guests will appreciate the efforts put into designing a signature holiday style throughout your entire home.
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