I usually plan and host several holiday dinners and potlucks during November and December. Back in my “BC” life (before children), it was no problem to plan a party for thirty. Even with my work schedule, I had time to shop, clean, cook and prepare. I don’t know if it is because I am older, lazier, or more tired, but now I want easy decor I can pull together in less than half an hour. Really, I’m good with fifteen or twenty-minute decor; the shorter, the better. I’m also thrifty and don’t want to fork out a lot of money for items I only use a few times a year. My Christmas decor doesn’t seem to fare well either. After the unfortunate accident where someone broke the antlers off of my favorite Rudolph decoration and beheaded Mrs. Santa while they were in storage, I decided to try to use things I already had or purchased for a low cost. These easy Christmas Tablescape ideas are perfect for the season.
How To Make a Simple Christmas tablescape
I started with a red tablecloth I picked up at the thrift store. I love plain red tablecloths. They go with so many holidays! You could also switch the theme with a green tablecloth and red plates. I added snowflake placemats I found at the dollar store and topped each placemat with a thrifted green plate. In the center of the table, I added my easy five minute Christmas Centerpiece. Cute wineglasses with snowflakes )also from the thrift store) and silver forks complete the look. My kids are big sparkling cider fans and we plan Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve meals with cider as a treat.
I couldn’t find my set of Christmas napkin rings so I made my own. I used small plastic Christmas ornaments in red or small candy cane ornaments I found at the dollar store. I threaded curling ribbon through the top of the ornament and tied them in place around my napkins. I allowed the ribbon to dangle for some added sparkle. If you want to personalize your table, I think any small ornaments would work for this.
The result was a festive tablescape that came together quickly but looked like I had devoted lots of time, effort, and cash. If you plan to look at the thrift store for table items, here’s a hint. Drop in year round. You never know when you might find the perfect Christmas item in June. Also, find pieces that will work all through the year like my red linen tablecloth. I can use it for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, and the 4th of July.
What are your favorite easy holiday entertaining tips?