Table Setting Ideas InspirationI am hosting my first ever Christmas dinner this year for my cousin, her husband, and their two lovely daughters. Sadly, the rest of our family is in Florida this year, so I’ve been trying to look for ways to make this dinner delicious, beautiful, and fun! With my meal in place I realized that I needed to try to create a table landscape that is just as beautiful as my mother’s always is but still one that is my own. After scouring the internet and Pinterest for a long while, I stumbled upon two #YahooDIY articles that gave me some inspiring and easy table setting ideas to try out this year. Below are some of my own tips to inspire you this holiday season!
Tip #1: Tell a StoryThe idea to “tell a story” through a holiday table setting spoke to me because not only is this the first time that I am hosting Christmas on my own, but it is also my and my husband’s first Christmas as husband and wife. So, I thought about ways to incorporate words into my table to give each guest a reminder of this special occasion and figured it might be fun idea to give each guest a homemade Christmas ornament. Since I wanted to let each person know how special they are and how honored we are that they are sharing our first Christmas with us, I made each guest an ornament (which doubled as an adorable place card) with their initial. I finally figured out what to do with all of the unused white flour I’ve had sitting in my cupboard for years. I baked the ornaments using that old recipe you probably used as a kid to make Baked Christmas Ornaments! See recipe below.
Tip #2: Print a Menu#YahooDIY calls this the #1 Secret Dinner Party Weapon. And….it’s not so much a weapon but yet another way to let guests know that they are special and that this occasion means something. It’s also another keepsake for your scrapbook (my scrapbook will probably be the big box named “xmas decorations”–ha!).
Tip #3: Use What You HaveGet creative with the items you have around your house. The reindeer menu holder above is actually a Standing Reindeer Christmas Ornament that was hanging on my tree. Don’t be afraid to mix it up. Christmas is about family and fun!
Tip #4: Remember to Keep it “Clean”You didn’t think that I would actually leave without pointing you to a couple of Clean Cuisine recipes, did you? As you can see from the menu I made above, I did make a Prime Rib (per my husband’s request), but I did make a bunch of portobello mushrooms to go along with it to substitute some meaty veggies for those of us who don’t eat too much red meat. I also served Ivy’s Arugula and Roasted Beet Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette, which is becoming a favorite in my house as of late. For a side item I made Ivy’s Mashed Cauliflower & Carrots, Garlic & Thyme, and for the kiddos I made her Healthy Mac and Cheese!
Baked Christmas Ornaments
[url href=”https://cleancuisine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Baked-Christmas-Ornaments1.jpg”][/url] Get rid of all of the leftover (and hopefully unused) white flour in your cupboards by baking some homemade Baked Christmas ornaments!
- 4 Cups All Purpose white flour (the unhealthier the better, as these are inedible ornaments!)
- 1 Cup salt
- 1 1/2 Cups water
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
- Combine the flour, salt and water; mix well and knead for 10 minutes. Roll out on a lightly floured surface.
- Cut into desired shapes or letters and make holes (I used a smoothie straw) for hanging. Bake for 30 minutes; allow to cool.
- Decorate with acrylic paints. Allow to dry and spray with clear polyurethane on both sides to preserve. Use ribbon or yarn pieces to hang.
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