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When it comes to hosting holiday dinner parties and family gatherings, it’s never too early to consider your decorating options. People often put most of their thought into the menu, but the event takes on special significance with a little attention to decorative details your guests will be sure to admire. Here are a few ideas that will help make the festivities at your home all the more memorable.
Choose the Right Dinnerware Pattern
Naturally, your delicious meal will be the star of the evening. But the dinnerware you choose can be the perfect showcase. Choose a pattern that gives center stage to the food you serve yet also ties in with the seasonal theme.
Presents for Everyone!
Everyone loves receiving gifts. As they approach their place setting, each dinner guest would be delighted to find small, decorative boxes wrapped in holiday paper and tied with ribbon. Before wrapping, you can fill each box with chocolate truffles or after dinner mints. Yes, it takes a bit of prep time. But the gesture is perfect for the holidays and a sure way to start the night on the right note.
What to Do with Silverware?
Christmas stockings aren’t just for candy canes. Try them for silverware by tucking the knives, forks, and spoons into the stocking – a candy cane can nestle in too for a decorative touch. Also, be sure to tuck the napkin in under your silverware. Don’t have all day to shop for mini stockings? You can always wrap up silverware bundles with holiday ribbon and place on top of cloth napkins.
Sparkling Holiday Centerpiece
Add a little holiday shine to your centerpiece by placing a short floral arrangement on a silver tray and surrounding it with votive candles. The candles will reflect the light of the silver platter on the floral arrangement and give your table that magic holiday glow. Create your arrangement using the season’s color palette, with lush reds and jewel tones.
Raise a Festive Glass!
Here’s a great way to tie in your glasses and goblets to the mood of the evening. Purchase little bunches of Christmas berry, Holly, or small poinsettias – even fake ones can work nicely. Cut tiny sprigs from the bunches and wrap them around the stemware bases. Or if you prefer a clean look during dinner, you can always decorate the coffee mug handles for dessert. It’s a beautiful way to end the night!