How To Use Christmas Table Decorations Like An Expert

How To Use Christmas Table Decorations Like An Expert
Alongside the traditional tree and stockings, Christmas table decorations are an essential part of the holiday’s festivities
. The options are as endless as the creativity allows. While such aspects as the theme, style, and colors used are ultimately based upon personal preference, there truly is something for everyone. No matter what the time and financial constraints may be, a cheerful and attractive display can still be achieved.

Decorative considerations

Starting with the blank slate that a table presents allows for an infinite amount of ideas to be considered. Some may opt to go the retail route and purchase readymade Christmas table decorations in-person or online. Others may choose the DIY approach, or a combination of the two if time and creativity allow. The options run from subtle to elaborate, traditional to modern, depending on the desired overall look. The display may follow a particular theme, such as snowflakes and snowmen, the wintery outdoors, or a classic holiday in green and red. Some of the items that are frequently used to achieve these ideas include:

  • Dinnerware, stemware, and serving pieces with holiday patterns or designs
  • Placemats and tablecloths
  • Napkins and napkin rings
  • Table runners
  • Place cards
  • Beads and/or garlands
  • Tabletop mini trees or other greenery
  • Pinecones
  • Candle holders
  • Wreaths
  • Sleighs
  • Ornaments, ribbon, bells, glitter and other embellishments

Many of those items can be displayed alone or in combination with others to create a festive arrangement. With a bit of added creativity a basic tabletop holiday tree can be adorned with ornaments and ribbons. A wreath can encircle votive candles for an elegant centerpiece. Holly leaves and berries or sprigs of pine branches and poinsettias can be added to napkin rings to bring in a fragrant element. No matter which creative touches are utilized, the theme and/or color scheme should be visible throughout the display.

Factors to consider before the big reveal

  • Traditional items can be employed outside their usual use, or mixed and matched for added creativity.
  • While pieces don’t necessarily have to match, be sure they coordinate with each other overall.
  • Ensure the arrangement allows for conversation around and across the table, without obstruction from taller items such as trees and candles. Sometimes less is more.
  • Take into account the size of the table, as well as the number of people that will be sitting at the table.
  • Be aware of potential allergies when selecting greenery and candle scents.
  • Upon conclusion of the holiday, Christmas table decorations can be saved and reused in following years, or sent home with guests as a gift for their own use.

The best part of this process is that whatever is chosen one year does not have to be repeated annually. Aside from any personal traditions there are no limitations, rules, or expectations to fulfill. There can be a new, unique look to the display year after year.

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