You’d think by the time the big day has arrived we would have enough of making everything look pretty wouldn’t you? The thing is, you’ve got everything else covered. The lights are up outside, the tree is decorated, the presents look stunning under the tree and there’s just no way you can let the side down and not make the dining table look nice too.
I have only ever hosted Christmas dinner once and that was a week after our Little Man was born and I only cooked for the three of us (well, two of us, one-week olds are only interested in sleeping!). Christmas Day is a busy old affair for us as we share the day between both sides of the family. So it’s always nice when we finally do sit down (usually at a table ready with extra dining chairs!) to a beautiful spread and a pretty table.
As I said there is no need to spend an eternity creating the perfect Christmas table. There are quick and easy ways to make it look pretty. After all, no ones got time for a whole heap of extra stress when there is a turkey to be cooked and veg to be prepped.
Emma from Ready, Freddie Go! has a great idea of using pine cones as name place holders. This is so super quick and easy. Names are written elegantly with gold or silver pen and this is a unique way to inform your guests where they are to be seated for dinner.
A vase filled with holly and fairy lights would make a sensational centrepiece for your table. You can use the battery operated ones so you don’t have to worry about cables. I love this idea as an alternative take on the baubles in a bowl that a lot of people do. It’s also a great way to incorporate the traditional and festive holly into your table without it being a risk to little fingers! This suggestion came from Lianne who blogs at Ankle Biters Adventures.
If you have glass placemats, sprinkle confetti stars underneath them to create a sparkly effect without it being messy over the entire table.
Holly from Thrifty Mum suggests bringing in your door wreath and carefully placing a candle in the middle for a unique effect. Of course, it goes without staying to make sure the flame doesn’t get too close to the wreath.
Finally, Sarah from Boo Roo And Tiger Too has a great idea to use a snowflake placemat available for under £5! Take a look at her post ‘How to create a Christmas table place setting for under £5‘, if you like the sound of this idea!
Of course, you can’t forget the crackers. Christmas Day isn’t Christmas Day without silly hats, bad jokes and annoying puzzles!
Any of these ideas will add a Christmassy feel and give you a pretty table without causing any hassle, allowing you to concentrate on preparing that special Christmas dinner and of course, opening all of those presents!
How do you decorate your table for Christmas? Perhaps you have some ideas that my readers may be inspired by? Let me know in the comments.