Gather your most elegant dishes and flatware and make
them sing by adding a single metallic jingle bell.
WHAT YOU DO Choose a white tablecloth and monochromatic dishes. Stack the salad plate on the dinner
plate. Thread a narrow white satin ribbon through
the top of a large silver jingle bell. Fold the napkin in
quarters and then into eighths. Tie the ribbon and the
jingle bell around the napkin. Lay the napkin on the
plate. Decorate the table with clear glass ornaments
cascading down the tablecloth.
Fresh-cut herbs add a perfect aroma and holiday green to
your Christmas table setting.
WHAT YOU DO Choose a natural-color tablecloth and
dishes in deep green colors. Make a wreath of rosemary
by twisting the fresh herb around a wire, twisting to hold
at the ends. Slide the napkin through the little rosemary
wreath. Fill small bottles with fresh herbs such as basil,
parsley, and rosemary and use as favors or centerpieces.
Let nature inspire you when you plan your holiday table
this year. Choose colors in warm browns and whites—
then add texture with twigs and bark.
WHAT YOU DO Start with dishes in warm neutral
tones. Choose napkins with subtle texture and color. A
birchbark basket holds creamy ornaments for a simple
centerpiece. Personalize a purchased ornament with
little twigs that form a letter.
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