Last Minute Holiday Table Settings

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Only one week until Christmas is here (GASP!) and you're probably feeling anxious, rushed and another few synonyms for overwhelmed. Between shopping for presents and cooking a huge meal, table settings are often the last thing people think about. If this sounds like you, then keep reading. I've put together three different table settings that only require a few additional pieces to make your table holiday ready without spending too much time or money! 

Don't forget to let me know which one is your favorite in the comments below! 


CLASSIC

If you like to stick to the classic red, green and gold for Christmas, then this table setting is for you. Start with your basic white plates and glasses that you have at home. Add green napkins, gold charger plates, gold plastic cutlery and votive candles which can be found at a dollar store or Target. Tie the napkin and cutlery with a festive ribbon - this gorgeous plaid cloth ribbon was $6.99 for a giant roll and after you're done with it you can use the rest to wrap presents! Pick up a garland at your local grocery store or hardware store which has both a nice look and scent to it. Finished! 

 
 

NEUTRAL

This table design is clean, minimal and will make your guests feel instantly cozy. To create this neutral winter palette, the main item to purchase is a beige linen tablecloth which creates a beautiful backdrop for everything white that goes on top of it. Add your dinnerware and glassware that you already have at home. Grab some pillar candles, glass hurricanes and votives - my favorite place to recommend is IKEA for these. Add some pine cones for interest and you're done! 

 
 

SPARKLE

Often times the plates and glasses you have at home are beautiful and fit your home decor for 364 days of the year, but they just don't say "Christmas". This table setting is for the girl that bought gorgeous patterned pink plates and vintage looking glasses (because, why not?) but doesn't know how to put them together for a holiday dinner. Something as simple as a pink poinsettia and a bubbly drink with a rosemary sprig can bring the essence of the holidays to your table. Add some gold plastic cutlery, which saves you cleanup time anyway, and a few taper candles and voila! Who says Christmas can't be pink and sparkly?

 
 

BONUS TIP

Any table setting is elevated by adding customized menus or place cards. Look on Google Images or Pinterest for inspiration and create them in something like Microsoft Word or Powerpoint. Then print them at your local print shop or at home. Your guests will love that you went the extra mile!