If you have a chandelier over your dining table, consider decorating it as part of your holiday table decor. By hanging just a few ornaments or greenery you can give the chandelier a very festive look and tie it in to the overall look of your table.Just use some wire to attach your greenery and some ornament hooks for a few ornaments. Be sure to place the centerpiece first, if you are using one, then you will determine just how much space you have between your finished tablescape and your chandelier.
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When talking about a beautiful holiday table design, we can’t forget about the glassware. I believe that glassware one of the most important details of your whole table design. Whether you are doing a simple table setting for a casual gathering with just one piece of glassware per table setting, or a formal dinner with numerous pieces, this adds sparkle and dimension to your table design. If numerous pieces of glassware are being used, I like to vary the heights as much as possible,but keep all glassware pieces proportioned to each other, this creates movement and balance across your table. Choose clear glassware or a color that complements your table, I like to mix colors to create a nice balanced yet interesting look. Glassware doesn’t have to be expensive, there are so many options to choose from when purchasing, think about your china colors coordinate your selections with items tat you already own. Sometimes I use different items at each place setting, don’t be afraid to mix and match. You might only have 3 glasses of one style and 3 of another but if you alternate each place setting, it will look cohesive. Have fun creating a beautiful holiday table!
Coordinating your gift wrap to your tree decor. I always try to search out gift wrap that will use all of the colors from my tree decor.I choose a few coordinating papers and then get creative with ribbons and bows. The overall result is a well put together look. Even craft paper can be painted and stamped to coordinate with your trees look. When my children were little we would have fun making gift wrap, but now it is very easy to find paper is every color.I hope you will experiment with different looks and ideas for your gift wrap.
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Now it is time to think about what to do under the tree. This should be done last after you tree is completely decorated. If you have used a standard tree stand, a complementary tree skirt works great, just leave a way to put water in the stand if you have used a real tree. Try to get creative with this space. Fabric loosely draped loosely under the tree, an old quilt that matches the decor, a grouping of old toys, or large decorations, these are just a few examples of things that an be used under your tree. Just try to tie in the colors and feel of you tree decorations. Leave plenty of room for those Christmas gifts!
Add personality to your table by adding decorative details. Heirloom salt and pepper shakers, ornaments, unique items that pull together the entire look of your table. I have a large selection of napkin rings and display pieces in my collection that often show up on a holiday table in different ways depending on the overall plan. It can be fun to incorporate meaningful items from family members, like great grandma’s crystal bowl, filled with candy, flowers, or ornaments. Just be sure it all ties in together in theme, color and proportion. Too many different things together will look cluttered and messy. Layer your table carefully, and just like putting on jewelry, if you are not sure, remove a piece. A little decorative detail goes a long way when mixed with the other elements of your table.