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Planning and Setting your Christmas Table

Planning and Setting your Christmas Table

Christmas is here and perhaps you are getting ready to host your loved ones for lunch. You have been to Home Depot armed with your Home Depot Money Off Coupon from We Are Coupons and purchased a new dinner service and some wonderful cutlery. You now need to set the table and want to do it properly and make an impression. This holiday season, you will be cooking for hours over a hot stove, preparing a feast for family and friends for Christmas. Why not add some festive touches to the table as well, and make the presentation as breath-taking as the dishes you'll be serving? Here are some tips for a striking presentation.


The Theme

Choose a theme from traditional to contemporary, whimsical to classic. Christmas themes with snow, Santas and angels. Or choose a country Christmas theme and add lots of country touches to your table. Holiday colors of green, red, and white look very festive, or accent with silver or gold for a more elegant touch.


The Table Covering

You may have an heirloom lace tablecloth that was handed down from your great-grandmother ready to use for your Christmas dinnertable, however, if you are concerned about spillage and wine stains, you might want to consider using an inexpensive cotton tablecloth to cover your table with. For a children's table, you could cover a small card table with an inexpensive plastic tablecovering or gift wrapping paper. You could provide crayons at each table setting.


The Centerpiece

Keeping your chosen theme in mind, choose a centerpiece that will stand out and be a conversation piece for guests. Potted Poinsettias make a pretty centerpiece, as do a simple footed bowl full of bright Christmas ornaments, or pine cones. Inexpensive materials such as raffia, golden ribbons, glitter, and sparkles help to fashion many variations of beautiful holiday table decorations.


The Place Settings


Place the dinner plates 1" from the edge of the table. 2. Place the knife on the right side of the plate. Turn the blade toward the plate. 3. The soup spoon is placed next to the knife 4. The dinner fork is placed to the left side of the dinner plate. 5. The salad fork is placed to the left of the dinner fork. 6. The napkin is folded and placed next to the salad fork.


Note: An easy way to remember the correct order to place utensils is they go in the order in which you use them.


For a proper setting You will need water goblets, white wine glasses, red wine glasses and champagne flutes.


1. Water Goblets - should be set just above the top of the place knife

2. Wine Glasses (red or white) is placed slightly to the right of the water goblet.

3. Using both red and white wine glasses- Place them to the right of the water goblet, red then white. The champagne glass is set at the back of the other glassware.


Whether you're serving dinner to family or a group of friends, a beautiful, festive Christmas table will set the mood for a memorable meal. Happy Christmas and Enjoy!




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