Last Friday night we had a pre-Christmas dinner while my mother-in-law was in town. She recently gave me her set of beautiful gold rimmed china - I am so thankful and excited to have a set of my own! I wanted to make a special tablescape worthy of her generous gift.
While the end result was pretty fancy, the table came together with simple materials. Here are a few ideas for you to adapt for your own special dinner this Christmas!
Wrapping Paper Runners
In lieu of a tablecloth or placemats, I used Christmas wrapping paper to cover the table. I had scored this pretty kraft paper wrap at Target's after-Christmas clearance sale last year. I used a full strip of paper down the middle of the table. Then I cut a another strip of wrapping paper in half lengthwise and placed the two strips perpendicularly to the middle runner at each place setting. I used two types of coordinating wrapping paper for lots of graphic interest:
I strung two small ornaments together using florist wire (leftover from my ornament bouquets) and then tucked in a sprig of holly berries from our yard:
Christmas Tree Place Cards
For the place cards I used a small Christmas tree cookie cutter to trace a tree onto kraft paper card stock, cut it out and then used small letter stickers to spell out each name. I then stuck them in clear ornament place card holders.
Ornament Bouquet Centerpiece
My simple ornament bouquets made the perfect centerpiece and coordinated well with the ornament place card holders and napkin rings.
I finished off the table with an eclectic mix of candle holders (including several thrift store finds for $1 a piece) and taper candles. I don't use taper candles very often, but their glow was so pretty and they definitely added a touch of elegance to the table!