Holiday table à la Homesense. Note the china
in alternating colours, the varied heights of
vases and decorations, and the sparkles from
candles and glass balls.
1) Think layers. Start with charger plates or placemats atop a table cloth and work your way up with plates of different sizes. Mix patterned and solid-coloured china.
2) Throw in vintage pieces. Scout thrift stores for unique serving bowls or, if you're lucky, simply open your cupboards and take out grandma's old porcelain.
3) Bring in something from nature.
Small spruce tree branches don't just look pretty, they also spread a lovely holiday scent. Pine cones and grey, dry moss look authentic in a centrepiece arrangement.
4) Personalize your guests' place cards. Handmade paper has a nice texture. Add layers of paper in complementary colours and varied thicknesses.
5) Think beyond red and green. There are so many other nice colour combinations for Christmas; light blue and silver, gold and purple, red and turquoise.
6) Prepare a feast for all the senses. No need for artificial fragrances with all the wonderful natural scents from food, beverages, pine trees... Cloves in mandarins look and smell wonderful. Textured table cloths and napkins feel good to the touch.
Light blue and silver make an elegant colour
combination for Christmas. These trees
are from the Green Store in North Bay.
Include something green, complementary scents,
layers and textures... Your personalized place cards
will be a hit!
So are you going with the real thing this Christmas, or
are you also a fan of the "real lite" battery-operated
candles, as seen at the Green Store?