I love all things crafty but I’m a fast-crafter. Anything quick and easy I can whip up that also looks special, I’m game! When it comes to entertaining, I love adding those hand-made touches but these days most of us keep things super simple when hosting parties. The holidays provide a great excuse to get a little fancy, especially when hosting a small crowd for a sit down dinner. Maybe it’s in my blood because my mom always pulled out the cloth napkins, pretty glasses, and dinnerware every holiday when I was a kid. I’d always help stuff the wine glasses with napkins and layer the silverware. Now I continue the tradition and pull out our wedding china and “good” silverware. Though my style is a bit more rustic than my mom’s, I’m thankful she passed on a bit of the fancy gene!
Here’s a super simple and easy way to add texture and life to your Christmas dinner table all while getting a tiny-bit fancy.
These berry sprigs cost me next to nothing @ $1 each from the craft store and I like that they’re on the larger side and full of green. I recommend having a big spool of twine like this on hand for wrapping gifts, adding tags or bows to jars, and for crafting. This stuff seems to always come in handy.
Iron your napkins well to release wrinkles. Next cut a bit at the end of each stem to shorten the length and to remove any exposed wire or unfinished end. Gather your napkin by pinching the middle when flat and picking it up to gather into a simple fan. Tie the middle of the napkin with twine and tuck the stem into the tied twine. Finish the look by adding a bell or place card. I kept it simple here but you could easily add an extra touch by looping it through the twine before tying. You could use fresh cuts of greenery or berries instead, just be careful they don’t get eaten! I like to use artificial so I can use them year after year or reuse for a different project. And if you want to get REAL fancy, Martha has all your napkin folding answers here:
Use your china if you have it and definitely layer your plates! Even if you don’t end up using the smaller salad plate it looks so pretty stacked on top of the larger. These bone china plates are from Crate and Barrel circa 2009.
Wishing you all a joyous Christmas season and a Blessed New Year. I’m so thankful for you this holiday season, I appreciate you following along! If you haven’t joined the fun yet, please subscribe on the right and join me on my ride as I share my venture in design!
Hi, I’m Liz Shea! I’m a former elementary school teacher with a background in constructing interior finishes. As a lover of pretty spaces, I’m not only passionate about creating peaceful, fresh and functional interiors, I also love sharing my knowledge of construction and design. My hope is you’ll learn here so you may be inspired to take on your own home projects. Thanks for reading!
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