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Decorating A Table for Every Holiday

Many holidays culminate in gathering around a table and eating a scrumptious meal with family and friends. Christmas isn’t the only holiday that gets a spectacular table scape. Easter and Thanksgiving are other holidays that deserve a great table, but it’s easy to decorate for casual summer barbecues, soirees, and parties too. Creative decorations, thoughtfully planned out, set the mood. There are so many creative touches that add to a festive holiday table. Obviously, Old World Christmas is partial to Christmas—we love a Christmas tree decorated with our blown glass ornaments, but we also love seeing our ornaments decorating spaces and celebrating memorable events throughout the entire year. No matter the season or holiday, we think there are five areas of the table that can be gussied up with creative details: the napkins, the center piece, the place setting, the silverware and the lighting. 

There’s no formula to decorating a table. Starting with the center piece works well so you can determine how much space is left for the table settings. For a Christmas-table center piece greenery dotted with Old World Christmas ornaments always looks good. It can even be themed with various Santa ornaments, snowmen or angels. For a more modern look a tall glass vase on the table full of colorful ornaments adds a lot to look at. Ornaments can easily be incorporated into a Thanksgiving, Easter or Valentine’s Day table too. A Thanksgiving or Easter “tree”, fallen branches collected from your yard or a park, can be decorated with ornaments and anchored in a vase or container and displayed as a center piece.

Another easy spot to incorporate Old World Christmas ornaments is with the table settings. One of our small ornaments like this adorable heart or lovable gnome could be fixed to a napkin ring. If you’re setting the table without napkin rings, a thoughtful ornament representing each guest could be set on the napkin and plate at their place setting. Some of our ornaments have clips which would be a creative way to have name cards at each place setting, clipped with a small song bird, hedgehog or cheeky Christmas pixie. The napkin in itself can be the showstopper of the place setting. We think a creative fold is always a crowd pleaser, and to be expected, our favorite is the Christmas tree. There are many tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest to perfect this amazing Christmas tree napkin fold! It could even be topped with one of the ornaments from our Mini Christmas Ornament set.

Silverware and lighting are the final two areas that can add the finishing touches to a holiday table. Traditionally, silverware flanks the sides of the dish for a formal look. For a more modern or casual look the napkin (maybe even the Christmas tree folded napkin!) and the silverware can be tied together and topped off with a tiny wreath made from rosemary sprigs. Lighting sets the mood and candles are an easy way to create a warm glow. Tall tapers or tiny tea lights come in all colors to match any decor and theme. Incorporating the existing lighting into the scene would work with our glittering icicle ornaments. These would catch the light suspended from the light fixture above the table. 

The ideas, colors and themes for holiday table decorations are endless. With a little inspiration, vision and a dash of Old World Christmas, your table will be dressed to the nines and appreciated by every guest. Let our ornaments transform your holidays. 

March 12, 2020 by Rachael Mitchell

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Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.

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