Monday, December 24, 2012

An Ultra Fancy & Romantic Tabletop for Holiday Dinners

Quot estis in convivio - all who are feasting together
Servite cum in cantico - serve it while singing 

from The Boar’s Head Carol (traditional)

Sometimes you feel like busting out the Cambridge stemware and tablecloth for holiday dinner celebrations.  Christmas falls after a weekend this year so there may a ghost of a chance to spend a day making your table special.

Ideas for pull-out-the-stops elegance:

  • Glass sparkles in candlelight so load it on the table
  • Use taper candles – the height of their light flatters the table
  • Spray evergreens with aerosol adhesive and dust with 70 grit German glass glitter
  • Place vintage ornaments along the evergreens
  • Cinch huge napkins with a small length of silver chenille (pipe cleaner)
  • Use chargers or larger plates under the dinner plates
  • Print French handwriting graphics on two pieces of paper, tape together, cut the edges with pinking shears, and write a loving message to your guest

Avoid hurrying around by setting up as far in advance as possible.  The candles clipped onto the plates is a photo shoot anachronism.  In real life they'd make too much of a mess at dinner (where does one put it after it's blown out?).  It’s more important you relax and enjoy your guests than having everything perfect!

Antique French handwriting graphic: Etsy
Napkins: Pom Pom Home
70 Grit German glass glitter: Etsy
Chairs: disegno Karina Gentinetta

Until next time, stay shabby!

Sharing with:

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