Step 1: Begin with a table runner and a centerpiece. Here I used an oversized glass jar and filled it with fake “snow” and various ornaments that vary in size, color, and texture.
Step 2: Add candlesticks. I like these crystal ones that I found in the TJ Max clearance section after Christmas. They were $5.00 each and they sparkle and shine! They don’t need to match. In fact, it makes it more interesting if they don’t. Be sure to vary height.
Step 3: Add something low in between the candlesticks. Here I used star tea light holders that I found at Pier 1. Again, shop the after-Christmas sales and there will be plenty! Again, the more candlelight the better….
Step 4: Sprinkle in “jewels.” Here I used star shaped glitter ornaments, both large and small. I also used those clear jewels that you can find in packs at any craft store, and some gold and silver balls.
Step 5: Add some height with two tall items, like these silver trees, or you could use spires. I saw the cutest chocolate tree idea on Martha’s website. Those would be cute for an edible option. My kids would LOVE that!
Step 6: This step is just a little somethin’ extra. I like adding a focal point that hangs from the chandelier or ceiling. Here I used a glitter spired star. I hang it with fishing line so it looks like it is suspended in mid-air.
Step 7: Add chargers to the place settings. These are beaded around the sides, and I alternate between gold and silver since I like to use both metals at my holiday table. Leaving the table “set” like this makes it look so welcoming — like it is ready to be used for a big family meal at any moment!
Step 8: Add napkins that sit on top of the chargers with some fun napkin rings. You can also put your china there if you are going to leave it out. I use two kinds of holiday napkins, one that is gold on the silver plates, and one that is a white/silver/gold on the gold plates.
That’s it! Set the holiday table — it will serve as one of the most festive parts of your house during this blessed season.