Welcome your guests to the table with holiday-inspired place cards. There are several ways to do this, so be sure to consider how much time you'll have on hand before your big event.
Before setting the table, you want to pick a color scheme. Choose one or two colors, or if you have patterned dishes, choose a single solid color to complement the pattern. Keep in mind that bold colored tablecloths in reds, greens and golds look beautifully classic when paired with white china.
The colors you choose will be reflected in your choice of linens. Adorn your table with a tablecloth, then start each place setting with a placemat. Layer your dishes on top of the placemat so that the salad plate sits atop the dinner plate. Keep your stemware and flatware simple so as not to detract from your holiday decorations.
Before you start to decorate, it's important to keep in mind that less is often more. You may have lots of wonderful decoration plans, but you don't want to overcrowd your place settings with too many accessories. A few simple decorating ideas include:
Remembering, of course, that you want to keep things understated, finish decorating the table with holiday-inspired centerpieces. Place a candle inside a wreath, fill a glass vase with Christmas ornaments or simply wind a branch of greenery down the center of the table.
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