Small Touches, Big Impact for the Holiday Table

Small Touches, Big Impact for the Festive Christmas Table.

Your holiday table does not have to be elaborate to show your guests that you care.  The smallest touches can give your table settings big impact.  Bring out your holiday or best china, crystal and linens and show them off.  Add a few personal touches and give your guests that little something extra for the holidays that they will remember fondly.

Adding a gold ribbon and green napkin to a place setting creates small touches that have a big impact for the holiday table.
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There is no time like the holidays to use your best china or to show off that pretty Christmas china you’ve been waiting to use.  Use your best crystal and capture the gleam with candlelight.  Wine or water, drinking from crystal makes it special.  Mix different patterns of china and crystal together.  Use decorative chargers under plates as well.

A red wine glass on a plate, adding a small touch to the holiday table.

Cloth napkins really add some pizazz to the table.  Experiment with different folds and create something unique.  Aside from fancy folds, there are a few simple tricks to turn your napkins into art.  Use vintage lace handkerchiefs, pieces of lace, tulle or other napkins to enhance your cloth napkins.  Simply hold the lace in the center and turn upside down.  Fold the other napkin over it the same way and slip through a napkin ring for a full, pretty display at each place setting.

A napkin with tassels on it adds small touches, creating a big impact for the holiday table.
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A silver plate with a pine cone, offering small touches for the holiday table.
Southern Living

Napkin rings are a great way to accent each place setting and you can enhance simple rings with sprigs of greenery, personalized messages or create your own with ribbons.

Four napkins with tags on them, perfect for adding small touches to the holiday table.
A napkin with blue and green ornaments, creating Small Touches for the Holiday Table.
A Christmas table setting with small touches of sprigs of rosemary to create a big impact for the holiday table.
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Personalize place settings with place cards or add a little something extra to each plate with a personal message or photograph.  Use tree ornaments or pine cones as place card holders.  Simple place cards can be created with gift tags and a sprig of greenery or a candy cane wrapped in personalized ribbon.

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Christmas place cards with small touches of pine branches on them.
Small snowflake place card holders with big impact for the holiday table.
A gold deer place card holder adds a small touch with big impact for the holiday table.

Personalize each chair with ribbons, greenery or ornaments.

A chair with a festive bow on it adds a small touch that has a big impact for the holiday table.
A white chair with candy cane ribbon on it, adding Small Touches for the Holiday Table

Leave each guest a small gift of candy, an ornament or a personalized item at their place.  Wrap it up in a pretty box with a bow.  For children, hide their gift somewhere in the house and leave a clue on their plate.  They’ll love the mystery and a chance to play.

A gold ornament sits on a plate with eucalyptus leaves, adding a small touch to the holiday table.
A gingerbread man made with cookie cutters and red ribbon adds a small touch to the holiday table.

The holiday table is the place to gather family and friends.  Make them feel special by using your best china, crystal and linens.  Add a few special touches and give each guest a memorable time, complete with their own personal keepsake.

Small Touches: A place setting with a green stocking and silverware.


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