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« on: October 22, 2004 05:56:29 PM »

Every year my mother and I like to do a theme table for Christmas dinner. This year we are stuck. We would like to do this as cheaply as possible but are out of ideas.

What we usually do (and what my mom would like to do again), is set up candles on the buffet. We are definitely using white candles and spruce blue/green coloured candles this year because my mom would like to get rid of them. We usually wind a wired ribbon among these candles. I have two different ribbons that I could use, a sheer ribbon with white snowflakes on it, and a goldy bronze ribbon.

Beyond that we have white table cloths and blue plaid table cloths. Our dishes are white and we have silver plated cutlery.

Center pieces are not realistic because the table ends up filled with food. Tea lights on the table do not work as they tend to heat up the handles of the serving utensils (we accidently discovered that one year).

Any suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2004 09:13:11 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2004 10:07:49 AM »

  I have a few ideas-

  - sprinkle snowflake confetti or fake snow on the table
  - instead of one larger center piece, try placing a few smaller pieces around the table (ie, small gourds, fake fruit, small bunches of holly)
   Hope that helps a bit. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2004 07:29:54 PM »

I found what craftmommieof2 was talking about and it's so neat!


I think I'm going to make something along the same lines for our table now!
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2004 07:36:21 PM »

I use this at Thanksgiving - BUT it could easily work for Christmas.  I made a table cloth - off white with a fall leaf material trim around the edge.  I put a fabric pen out with each place setting and after everyone is seated I ask them to write something they are thankful for anytime during, or after the meal (some people need time to think....lol) Then they sign it and date the year.  I do this every year and it is a lot of fun looking back on the years prior.
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2004 09:37:21 AM »

Focus on decorating around the room, instead of on the tabletop.  You could hang some Christmas tree ornaments from the ceiling above the buffet (high enough so the candles won't burn them) and/or above your dining table.  If you have a chandelier, drape evergreen boughs between the arms, or tinsel, or cranberry garlands.  I usually take down the art in the dining room and replace it with wreaths and garlands and other holiday decorations on the walls.  Make napkin rings.  You can do simple ones with ribbon or holiday cookie cutters, or get more elaborate with wire and beads or old jewelry or herbs or whatever.  There are lots of great ideas on www.marthastewart.com and www.hgtv.com.  And you might want to put a colorful runner down the center of your table over the tablecloth -- it'll dress up the table without taking up any room.

You can make bobeches for the candlesticks, which are little collars that fit over the base of the candles -- they to catch wax from candles so it wouldn't drip onto the table or tablecloth.  Here are a bunch of different ones from martha (I've made the evergreen ones and they're really pretty): http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml;jsessionid=0SNBINOPDP3GFWCKUUXCGWWYJKSS0JO0?type=search-cat&id=cat682&displayType=all&rsc=sc31365&site=&searchTerm=bobeche&_requestid=37697

And don't forget the chairs.  You can wire sprigs of holly or other greenery to the backs of the chairs, and tie ribbons to cover the wire.
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2004 10:46:18 AM »

There are some awesome ideas here.  The other thing that i would add, with blue, white & silver a snow flake theme would be awesome.    The dollar stores often carry the lace snowflake ornaments those hangin from the ceiling & chandolier would be very pretty. Maybe add blue & or sliver glitter to some.     A couple of yars for blue & silver snoeflake print ribbon could be quite inexpensive & would make nice napkin rings & wrapps around the bases of candle holders.   
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