Are you faced with the daunting task of hosting a holiday gathering this year? Don’t fear, we have some great tablescape ideas for you that will make your holiday dinner party festive and won’t break the bank.
There are many themes or visions to choose from, but two of my personal faves are a glitz and glam look or a more soft, rustic winter theme. Keep reading for some table decor options that are suitable for both visions.
If you want to add some interest to your every day dining room table, but don’t want to spend the money on a costly tablecloth or runner, considering using a roll of holiday wrapping paper that you have fallen in love with this season, in place of a runner. You can cut it down to any width and length to fit your table perfectly. If you are going for are more glitzy table, choose a wrapping paper that has a metallic element or vibrant colour; while if you are going for a more rustic vibe, consider a more neutral paper.
Placemats and napkins are also a great way to add interest and depth, and can be an inexpensive option. Linen or satin napkins are a nice touch and are much classier than the traditional paper napkin. You can rent them for around a $1.00 a piece at rental companies like Chairman Mills, Around The Table and Susan Murray International. The fabric and colour options are endless.
Your centerpiece will be your focal point and therefore you may want to focus most of your efforts on making it a masterpiece. Use what is at your fingertips. Everyone has extra ornaments from years past that may not necessarily match their christmas tree colour scheme this year. Purchase some inexpensive clear glass cylindrical vases of varying heights and fill them with your left over ornaments. If you don’t have enough, go to your local Walmart or Zellars to buy some inexpensive ones for filler.
With a little more effort, you can have a naturesque centerpiece like the one below, made from tree stumps, pine cones and flowers. Birch wrapped candles would be a great accent piece for this type of centerpiece. Be creative, you could also use pussy willow branches which are in season this time of year. If you don’t feel like arts and crafts, but have a wreath and cake stand on hand, you can whip up a whimsical centerpiece in no time with a few candles, perfect for any rustic table setting.
Everybody loves a favor, so why not make your guests extra happy with miniature stockings stuffed with holiday treats. All you need is a few pairs of toddlers socks in festive colours like red and white, or shades that match your colour scheme of choice. Fill them with holiday treats like candy canes and set them at each place setting. Your guests will appreciate the extra effort, and who doesn’t love something so cute and edible.