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TIPS FOR A TEMPTING CHRISTMAS TABLE

TIPS FOR A TEMPTING CHRISTMAS TABLE

Layered & Luxurious

If you ask any Pasadena lighting contractor or interior designer for advice about lighting, they will all talk about layering to add texture to a room, to create ambience and to enhance your interior decor. By applying this same idea to your festive table, whether for Hanukkah or Christmas you can achieve a fabulously extravagant look quite simply.

PROTECT YOUR TABLE

This is the first practical, though unseen layer. Use a plastic backed cloth to protect your table from spills.

LAY THE FOUNDATION

Start with a tablecloth that is the background to your work of art. If you need to invest in a new tablecloth, solid, neutral colors are much more flexible and can be dressed up in different ways. If you have a really big table or are putting two together to accommodate your guests for Christmas dinner, try a flat sheet. Make sure you have measured your table before you go shopping. So annoying to get home and find that your new cloth is too small. Hands up those you have done that? Me!

GO PLAIN

My favorite holiday tablecloth is a dark red. It goes well with all the fall colors for Thanksgiving but still looks red enough for my Christmas table.

RUNNERS

Runners can be added lengthwise as a background for your central table decor, or you can use several across the short side of the table so they become almost like place mats.

PLACEMATS

Use place mats to create a focus and location for each place setting. At Christmas I use gold napkins as mats to add a little luxe.

CHARGERS ARE AWESOME

Chargers, those extra big platters that go under your plates, really do elevate the look of your table. You can pick them up very reasonably at Pasadena interior decorating stores such as Pier One, which I find excellent for seasonal interior decorating accessories for your table and home. I love my chargers. They are gold and, believe it or not, plastic, though they certainly don’t look it.

PLATES

The more plates you can layer one on top of the other, the more grand your table will look. You may not need all the plates but they really do look good. Top them off with a bowl if you are serving soup. You will have to “undo” the arrangement once you start to serve dinner, but it’s worth it for the design flair. You can put a little guest gift in the bowl such as a few chocolates tied up in cellophane.

NAPKINS & RINGS

Pier One carries a selection of pretty seasonal napkin rings. Personal them by adding name tags.  I also like to twist and add my napkins to the glasses to add a little height to the table.

PLACE TAGS

My family is small but I still like to create name tags because they add such a personal touch. Tags can be tied to sprays of greenery or slotted into the top of a pine cone.

CENTERPIECE & CANDLES

Your centerpiece will add the finishing touch. Whether you prefer flowers or greenery or baubles and glitter, candles should never be forgotten. We all look best by candlelight. Wrinkles are softened, complexions glow and they invite intimate conversation. Just make sure your conversations are not cut short by the centerpiece being set alight or wax dripping everywhere. I love real candles, but after several near misses, I now always enclose them in glass holders.

By Jane Noble