Host your family and friends in style with these smart, budget, table-setting ideas perfect for Christmas/holiday season feasts. Invest less and create a huge elegant impact on guests.
Idea 1: Invest in classic white dishes
For the biggest bang for your buck and a versatile, timeless look, use classic white dinnerware for both everyday and entertaining. White dishes also show food to its best advantage—which is why the pros use it. You can purchase inexpensive white plates and bowls in complete sets or a few pieces at a time, since whites will always match with other whites. Bonus: It’s easy to replace pieces if they break.
Idea 2: Add a table runner
A white tablecloth is always classic, but you can add a layer of color and dimension to your table setting by choosing a runner cloth in a contrasting tone or design. Or leave a beautiful, textured wood table bare and simply use a table runner in the center.
Idea 3: Always add placemats
Fabric or rattan placemats are an easy way to add a pop of seasonal color or texture. They’re an inexpensive investment, or you can make your own from felt or fabric remnants.
Idea 4: Cloth napkins add extra elegance
Cloth napkins are one of the most inexpensive ways to instantly dress up your table. Napkin rings aren’t necessary; simply fold napkins or roll and tie with a ribbon and a sprig of green. Tip: If you have time, iron your napkins first for a detail that makes a difference.
Idea 5: Light candles
Candles and their flickering glow are a low-cost way to add impact and atmosphere. Group pillar candles of different heights for the easiest of centerpieces (be sure to choose unscented candles to avoid clashing with the food).
Idea 9: Make place cards
Handmade place cards at each setting cost little but make guests feel special. Simply write names on plain white or colored card stock using a metallic or black pen. For extra color, tuck cards into mini-gourds or apples (cut a slit across the tops first).
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