12 Chic, Easy Holiday Table Ideas

Gather items from around your home to dress up your next holiday gathering with icy blue and white.
By: Matthew Mead and Linda MacDonald

Oh, Christmas Tree

Boxwood clippings in a white tea cup become a tiny holiday tree. Fill the cup with oasis foam and stud with green clippings. Use a hot glue gun to attach silver dragees from your cake-decorating stash. Add sparkle to natural cones and acorns with a light spray of silver paint.

Candlestick Centerpiece

Festive candleholders are created by placing low votives in a glass bowl. Fill in around votive with cones, pods and clippings of evergreen. Make several to go down the center of the table or to dress up the bar. Scatter around glass ornaments for extra sparkle.

Beaded Swag

The buffet table is adorned with a silver beaded garland and greens punctuated by pine cones. Use safety pins to hold the garland in place.

Candle Greenery

Evergreen clippings and wire come together and form tiny wreaths to slip over pillar candles. Place on a metal or silver tray to dress up the coffee table.

Door Decor

Evergreens wired to a clothes hanger boast a cluster of pine cones that have been lightly white-washed with flat white paint.

Embellished Favors

Mini boxes, filled with chocolate and embellished with scrapbooking supplies, are charming holiday table favors. Create the embellishments for the top of each box by using paper punches and flowered scrapbooking supplies.

Sweet Greetings

A paper flag turns simple peanut butter cups into sweet greetings and can be placed along the buffet table. Use a toothpick and piece of paper cut into a banner for this sweet treat.

Extra Flair

Raid your craft bin and use scrapbooking papers and borders to create a variety of embellishments. A page edging is backed with double-sided tape and wrapped around a cake stand to create a delicate border for a cookie-laden display stand.

Pinecone Settings

Each place setting can be dressed up with a pinecone and name tag cut from scrapbook paper and attached to a whitewashed pinecone studded with silver dragees.

Simple Adornment

Paper and border edging is pressed into service to dress up napkin rings. Layer the papers and adhere to the rings with double-sided tape.

Dressed-Up Chair

A sprig of mountain laurel from your yard becomes a festive touch when placed in a pretty cone and tied to each chair. Wrap scrapbook paper into a cone and secure the edges with double-sided tape. Punch a hole at the top of each side, string with ribbon and fill with evergreens and flowers.

Party Poppers

Numbered poppers filled with candies and gift cards are made from recycled gift-wrap tubing. Fill with cellophane-wrapped chocolates, tiny cookies and gift cards for ice cream or the movies. Bring a fun twist to the tradition by creating fun games to win each popper. Have guests answer questions to win one of the packages and they can then trade the treats Yankee-Swap style by taking the gift from the previous winner.

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