Thursday, December 22, 2011

Design Tips: Last Minute Table Decor

Counting down! Yay! I'm all excited, I have the whole family coming over. This year I vowed to comfortably seat the 10 or 12 people who will be showing up.

Which means I need to move the tiny little table out of my dining room and opt for something bigger.

Instead of cobbling together card tables, tipsy TV trays and whatever, or eat in the living room I'll use two office-style folding tables, 30 inches wide x 72 inches long.

I'll push them together and use a HUGE table cloth -- I have a large white 300 thread count percale one, king size, should be perfect ; ) and, who will ever know. It'll be the first time I will have ever ironed a bed sheet!

Finally we'll have room forall the food AND a big centerpiece. And, wouldn't you know it, just in time to give me some great ideas, our own Jennifer Adams, owner of Jennifer AdamsDesign Group and Jennifer AdamsHome, aired yet another holiday segment on Better TV, on "Holiday Tabletop Decor!" Check it out.

Jennifer is using inexpensive garlands, sparkles, tree ornaments and snowflakes, pretty hurricane lanterns with candles inside (perfect for keeping the flames off the garlands and the wax off the table!), ribbons and pine cones.

For each setting, Jennifer is using a sparkly placemat over the table cloth and a gold charger, which is a big decorative plate that goes underneath the dinner plate. Chargers are a great way to add seasonal color and drama to your regular dishes. Then, she folds the napkins and uses a pretty seasonal napkin ring, cleverly tossing the extras onto the garlands in the center of the table to help tie everything together!

And, if that's not enough inspiration for you, Better Homes and Gardens' online newsletter just issued an article, too. Check out "Simple Christmas Centerpieces" online, along with countless other holiday topics. You may need to be a member to view it all, but the handy tips and ideas are worth the time to sign up.

I'll be setting everything up a couple of days before, to make sure it's all working and is as pretty as it can be and I can just concentrate on having fun and cooking that day.

Happy Holidays everyone!
--Elaine Bothe

Images are courtesy of Better TV.

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