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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.
Your Christmas tree topper will give your tree personality. As a child I remember my mother being an expert tree decorator, she always topped our trees with the most beautiful Angels. Even her very last small table top tree was topped with a small angel ornament. Over the years I’ve used my own assortment of tree toppers including angels, stars, floral sprays, explosions of stars, ceiling hung toppers, groupings of ornaments, icicles, but this year we will have to see what I come up with. Maybe we will start to see some of my mother’s Christmas angels on my trees. Wire and secure your tree topper carefully and if you have left space while planning your tree height, you will have plenty of room for a beautiful tree topper. So, be creative and have some fun, either handmade, store bought or an old heirloom that can be passed down to future generations, the top of your tree will surely be the focal point of your Christmas tree.
Table linens include table clothes, napkins, runners and placemats. Mixed together properly, table linens can pull together the entire look of your holiday table. When choosing these items, it is important to size them properly to your table. Measure your table top and be sure you find a table cloth that is bigger than your table. I like quite a bit of overhang on a tablecloth, be sure the overhang is even on all sides of your table. If you use a runner, be sure it is long enough for your table, these should overhang as well. Mix patterns and fabrics together but be sure to keep your china as the focal point. Use unexpected fabrics for your table, beautiful wool blanket, a scarf, some crisp casual dish towels, if the colors coordinate,these items can make a beautiful unique choice for table covers, placemats, or napkins.
Add something from nature- So many natural elements can be used as part of the decoration of your holiday table. A touch of nature adds an organic element to your decor. I have used everything from pinecones, fruit, vegetables, branches, tree bark, and every nut, berry, and greenery variety that I could find in my area to enhance my table. Some of these elements add fragrance as well. Fruit combined with greenery can make a great centerpiece. Small arrangements of flowers or greenery at each place setting can add a touch of nature to your table. Add paint, ribbon, candles, be creative, just remember to clean everything thoroughly before bringing it in from the yard. I little goes a long way with natural elements, stick with one or two items in multiples.