Create a Beautiful Christmas Tablescape
Edited by Vanessa Alexandra Avisado, Eng, Lynn
During the Christmas season, houses usually get treated to wreaths, tinsel and Christmas trees, while yards usually get a Yuletide pick-me-up with blinking lights. Some homes give their tables a special look with Christmas tablecloths, plates, platters, and glasses. Some will even make sure that there is a plate of Christmas cookies or a bowl of ripe red apples for an unmistakably Christmas ambiance throughout the season. Not everyone has table trimmings meant for the season alone, but a Christmas table can look just as festive, even without store-bought décor. A little creativity combined with an eye for system is all it takes for a person to be able to create a beautiful Christmas tablescape that will allow people to feast with their eyes.
If you are hosting a dinner during the season, you are going to have a lot of fun setting a table that will shout the word Christmas from end to end. You can do this by choosing a Yuletide color scheme and repeating it through your table's centerpiece, placemats, napkin holders, and glassware jackets or coasters.
Step-By-Step Towards a Christmas Tablescape
- 1Start with a theme.Advertisement
- If you decide to go natural or rustic, you might want to decorate your table with natural and organic items that have a charm all their own. This is where you can put together a basket of orange and clove pomanders as your centerpiece, use a touch of metallic bronze or copper here and there to make a few pine cones come alive, or just arrange a basket of holly and pinecones, and nuts.
- If you look on the bright side, however, you will see that most classic Christmas decorations are not only timeless, but they also magically blend into all types of architecture and interior design. A few unifying touches here and there will allow your table to enhance and be enhanced by the rest of your house.
- 2Get your tablecloth ready.Advertisement
- If you are ready for some drama, a solid red tablecloth will present your table with a bang. These two colors are rich and strong representations of the season, and neither are as vulnerable to dirt as a white table cloth is.
- The tablecloth is like a canvas. With this piece of cloth in place, you are ready to display your centerpiece and all the other special touches that will tell the world that you put love and care into making people around you enjoy the Christmas atmosphere.
- 3Decide on a centerpiece.
- A miniature Christmas tree, a candelabra, or red flowers in a tall vase adorned by a silver ribbon would do very well to provide such an effect. Just make sure that your centerpiece is neither too tall nor too bulky. This may result in people having to play peek-a-boo to see the person they are talking to.
- If you choose to have a low lying centerpiece, that will be fine too, especially if you have a big table. Just make sure your centerpiece does not take over the space you will need for food.
- 4Spread some pretty placemats.
- These were protected from spills and other stains by a sheet of plastic.
- Still another hobbyist taped ribbons over an old placemat to give it a Christmassy look.
- However, if you don't have time, or any of those tricks is too much trouble for you, hunt for bargains at dollar stores.
- 5Christmas jackets for your glassware.
- 6Create place settings that say "Merry Christmas".
- 7Have fun with some napkin holders.
- 8Place tiny special touches here and there.
A Buffet Table to Serve the Food
One of the best ways to serve a Christmas dinner is to put up a separate buffet table and then arrange tables for seating your guests. This way your guests can sit down comfortably at well arranged tables of their own, and all the food will be conveniently set on a separate table for them to help themselves from. If this is how you will proceed, remember three things:
- 1Arrange your buffet table and your desserts artistically. If you are arranging the food buffet style, make each dish look like a work of art and then set the dishes at different heights so that each one can be seen. Put your highest serving dish at the center of your buffet table and organize the succeeding plates with this as point of reference.Advertisement
- 2Decide on your menu and choose your containers. Once you have decided on your menu, choose the serving plates and trays you will be using. Position them on your table so that you are able to arrange and rearrange them until you get everything right.
- 3Don't forget to have fun. The decorations on your table are only half of the equation. The other (and possibly more important half) is your presence as a relaxed hostess who is having a blast with her friends and family.
Categories : Holidays & Traditions
Recent edits by: Eng, Vanessa Alexandra Avisado