SMART TIP: Even when using your formal dinnerware and silver, you can keep the mood relaxed by placing sweets or other bite-sized snacks around the table. This encourages guests to pick and munch while chatting away or waiting for the food to be served.
Dreaming of a white Christmas Make your table sparkle with silver accents, crystal stemware, and glittered ornaments. Bring out your best flatware and china, if you must. Christmas is a time for celebrating, and using your special things will not only get you excited about the preparations, but will also give your guests a more gracious welcome.
Get the look with these key pieces: • Classic white plates and table cloth • Silver accessories • Turquoise details • Candles • Flowers (preferably small blooms in white to create a winter-y feel)
Dazzling details: • Keep the heights of your blooms and centerpieces low. Conversation will flow easier without items obstructing the view. • Don’t forget the Christmas music! It’s such a big part of the holiday season. Classics include: The Carpenters “Christmas Portrait,” “The Jackson 5 Christmas Album,” “Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics,” “Christmas with Conniff,” and Jose Mari Chan’s “Christmas in Our Hearts.” • A drinks table is a must for all grownup parties. Celebrate with a bottle of champagne, or create a mini-bar so your guests can feel free to mix their own drinks.
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