Don’t be afraid to get crafty. Homemade place cards are a smart, personal touch while place mats, which are easy and inexpensive to make, will jazz up any festive dining table. Country schemes benefit most of cosy linens, faux fur, plaid, tartan and rustic wood. Naturally, cute, homemade Christmas ornaments are sure to be a hit with young and old alike. Get the whole family involved in the design, decorating and crafting process.
Set the table for a highland-inspired feast with a cheerful tartan tablecloth. To decorate, lay a spruce garland along the dining table length. Shed light on the festive scene with elaborate mesh pendant shades and log shaped candles.
Decorate an occasional table in the hallway with twinkling lanterns in the form of fairy tale houses. Forest spruce cast in glass and quirky accessories such as a poisoned apple add to the bewitching mood while snow-dusted cone candles cast a welcome glow.
Taking a gingham tablecloth as the starting point, this dining table scheme is simplicity itself. Gather up red and white china, napkins and crackers to develop your theme, make candle rings from leaves and berries and add a touch of sophistication with etched wine glasses.
Charm your guests by dressing up place settings with a festively wrapped gift. Tied with white ribbon and topped with a cone decoration, this brown paper box adds a homely touch to a farmhouse dining table set with white china and heavy-stemmed wine glasses.
Go for bohemian country style, pouring exuberantly patterned crackers into a glass punch bowl and hollowing out apples to take tea lights. Set the dining table arrangement against a backdrop of a richly coloured plum wall and peacock feather fabric.