Decorating for holiday entertaining
While the food served during the holidays is very important, a beautiful decor sets the tone for the party, notes Woodinville resident Minnie Roths of the Decorating Den.
Here are some holiday decorating tips to inspire you:
- A striking table sets the tone, whether a buffet or a sit-down dinner. Special table linens convey a festive air, from traditional holiday red and green, pristine white, to a more formal overlay of gold or silver.
- Next create a special centerpiece. One simple idea that comes from the publishers of Better Homes and Gardens is the "Flaming Cake Stand." Arrange crystal candle holders of varying heights in the center of a crystal or cut glass cake stand. Circle the perimeter of the plate with votive candles. (Of course, while the candles are lit, be sure someone stays in the room.)
- For a different, more rustic look, select an oblong wooden bowl and fill it with an assortment of your favorite handmade decorations. One suggestion is to glue nuts onto ordinary foam balls, then glitter the globes with gold beads. Picture red pistachio, almond, walnut, and even acorn-covered orbs, interspersed with small bits of evergreen and the occasional "real" Christmas ornament such as a gold star. The juxtaposition of traditional glitter against the natural texture of the nuts creates a visual feast for the eyes. These ornaments also make great Christmas tree decorations.