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:
Ornament Napkin Rings
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
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!