Monday, November 19, 2007

How to Set the Perfect Christmas Dinner Table

Do you want your dining table to look picture-perfect for your guests? The way your dinner table set is a reflection of the overall atmosphere of the party. A cloth table cloth, tall crystal wine glasses and a candle-lit centerpiece reflect style and elegance. With a few easy techniques, you can quickly capture your desired look for a magnificent Christmas dinner table!

The key is to plan ahead. Before you set your Christmas dinner table, you need to find out how many people will be joining you for the feast. Then, you will know how many place settings are required for the table. You should also review your dinner menu to determine what Christmas serveware, dinnerware, and Christmas flatware your guests will be using throughout their meal. For example, if you’re serving a soup and a salad, two dinner bowls will be necessary at each place setting. You may also want to include a salad fork in addition to a dinner fork.

Before you set the dinner table, protect your table with tasteful Christmas table linens. To avoid having the table look busy or cluttered, choose rich, solid-colored holiday linens in festive shades, such as cranberry red. The Christmas table linens will serve as the backdrop to your designer-looking table. From there, accent your dining table with the same color palette. Christmas home accents can include napkin rings, place cards, charms on the wine glasses, flowers, candles, coasters, Christmas tableware, and centerpieces.

When it comes to holiday tableware, mixing and matching patterns and styles is acceptable. The important thing is to try to keep your color scheme consistent. Also, don’t be afraid to add crystal drinkware – it’s an instant, dazzling way to add elegance and grace to the dinner table!
For formal dining, set your Christmas dinner plates equidistant apart with a napkin neatly folded in the center of each plate. Arrange your Christmas silverware around the plate in the order that they will be used, making sure that knives have their blade turned toward the plate and that forks are at the left of the plate. Above the forks, place the bread plate, and to the left of the plate place the water glass, followed by the wine glass.

A Christmas dinner table should be a relaxing and comforting place to gather. Follow these simple tips for a stylish and elegant holiday dinner table that will impress guests of all ages!

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