Creative Holiday Table Place Settings 

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Gold Cutlery

If you’re hosting a get-together for family and friends this holiday season, one of the most fun things to plan, beyond the menu, is how you’ll decorate your holiday table.

Cocktail parties can be simple and seamless, but nothing can replace a formal, sit down dinner soiree. Simple yet creative touches will enhance your holiday place settings for a memorable dinner party.

Champagne flutes and Christmas decoration.

This year, make your holiday table sparkle with a few fresh ideas for special decorations and dazzling centerpieces.

If you want to go all out, think about a coordinated table scape from Sparkle and Dine, but if you just want to add a few simple touches to your dinner table, you can do so easily and inexpensively.

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Photo: Martha Stewart

Put a Bow on It

Inexpensive ribbon is a simple yet stunning way to dress up your dining room or kitchen table for sit-down gatherings.
It couldn’t be quicker — just wrap each place setting with a length of pretty, festive ribbon.
Do it in satin for a graphic statement or choose an organza style for a more elegant look. You can even save the ribbons and repurpose them to wrap your holiday gifts.

Let it Shine

Sophisticated yet stress-free, placing gold chargers under all of the dinner plates will add  an understated elegance to your dinner table, according to David Yates, interior designer and member of the Home Advisor network.

Red and green, colors strongly associated with Christmas, are ubiquitous over the holiday season, but silver and gold can easily be incorporated into a New Year’s or winter decor theme.  Complement the gold with several snowy tapers and short candlesticks in the center of a store-bought boxwood wreath.

Flower Power

Use amaryllis plants as a substitute for poinsettias for the centerpiece. If you’re using wreaths or greenery to spruce up your table over the course of the holiday entertaining season,  spritz them occasionally with water and dry overnight in the bathtub or over a large sink.

In the Limelight

Whether you’re dining by candlelight or overhead lighting, you can make things festive. Empty bottles become holiday-ready candleholders with some silvery wrapping paper and lush green ribbons while Yates says that a red lampshade and beaded garland can transform a chandelier.

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