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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Personalize each chair with ribbons, greenery or ornaments.
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.
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.