Infuse family tradition with personal style ideas this holiday season to create festive and dynamic table decorations. From centerpieces and place cards to finding the perfect dishes and cutlery; use your imagination and creativity to fashion a table that not only touts your individual style but weaves current trends into the mix.
1) Design a centerpiece that tradition and style
The centerpiece is your table's main focal point and show piece. Your goal is to design something that will set the tone for the rest of your décor and will allow you combine centerpiece elements into other areas of the table.
Martha Stewart's holiday centerpiece example is a a lighted pinecone arrangement. Pick up pinecones from your yard or from a craft store and snip the ends down to create a small crevasse, perfect for a flower to sit. Hot glue a real or artificial flowers to the pinecone center . Gather pinecones until you've made a bundle or bouquet. Place the bouquet in a large bowl that is filled with a small string of Christmas lights.
2) Edible holiday place cards
Minimize the confusion of where each guest will sit by adding place cards by each setting. Instead of using traditional place cards created on card stock, make edible place cards out of gingerbread.
Depending on the number of guests and time, create large round cookies with the guest's name with frosting. Or you can try your hand at cookie architecture and design a small gingerbread house for each place setting.
Nearly any gingerbread cookie recipe will work, just stick to the basics. For the house, cut the dough in four equal squares for the frame and two slightly larger squares for the roof. Assemble the house using royal icing then add the guest's name on either the roof or on the side. Provide frosting and candy for guests to finish decorating their cookie or house at the table.
3) Wrapping paper napkin rings
The holiday table isn't complete without a set of fun napkin rings. Good Housekeeping magazine suggests recycling wrapping paper scraps in to adorable napkin ring holders. Size the wrapping paper scrap to 1 ½ inches wide and 5 inches long. Wrap the paper neatly around a folded napkin and affix using double sided tape or a glue stick. Finish your ring with a piece of thin ribbon. Either tie in a bow or use your scissors to create curly strands of ribbon.
4) Place setting surprise
Including a magical element with each place setting by leaving a special surprise for each guest. Pick up holiday poppers from the local party or craft store. Poppers usually contain a paper crown for each recipient along with a fun toy. Another idea is to purchase scratch off lottery tickets for each guest.
No matter how youapproach holiday table décor, your table can always be festive when you partner good friends and family with delectable food and drinks.
Gina Ragusa is a freelance writer and mom from sunny (and sometimes not) South Florida. Her 15 year experience ranges from writing about banking to tattoo parlors. Read more about her adventures at http://blog.wahm.com/