The food served at a holiday celebration can be high-quality fare, but when served on a plain unadorned table it is not nearly quite as appealing or as impressive. Decorating the holiday table is important in many homes, but it can become quite expensive, especially when entertaining family and friends on a number of special occasions. Instead of breaking the holiday budget with expensive decorating, and instead of serving guests at an unadorned table, consider the following cheap and impressive decorating ideas. These ideas for decorating the holiday table are cheap in price, but they are far from cheap in style and creativity.
Make Attractive Holiday Placemats
Store-bought fabric holiday placemats can be very costly, especially when accessorizing more than one holiday table. Even vinyl placemats are not always cheap, and they tend to stain and hold permanent indentations. Instead of buying expensive holiday placemats or cheap varieties that will not look good after one season, create décor for the holiday table using colorful paper and clear self-adhesive shelf liner. Laminate can be used to seal the paper, but it is far more expensive than clear self-adhesive shelf liner that works just as well. Use stencils to sponge paint eye-catching designs, or attach paper cutouts. Simple cutouts can be made by tracing around holiday cookie cutters or by tracing stencils. The options are endless when making holiday placemats, and the results are always unique.
Make Cheap but Attractive Beaded Napkin Rings
Plain plastic napkin rings are not ideal for decorating a holiday table. They add color but they do not add uniqueness or flair. Consider decorating with unique handmade beaded napkin rings that are fun and easy to make. Shop for beautiful glass beads online or in a local craft store, and thread them onto four-inch long elastic bands. Combine two, three, or even four elastic bands threaded with beads, and twist or braid the bands. Fasten the ends to create beautiful beaded napkin rings for decorating the holiday table and securely holding cloth napkins.
Decorate the Center of the Table with a Cheap Mirrored Runner
High-quality table runners are not cheap. A matter of fact they can be quite expensive, and many are not washable even though they are labeled as such. Even when following washing and drying instructions, woven fabric table runners sometimes shrink considerably in length and width while becoming obviously distorted. Once woven fabric runners shrink they no longer look nearly as good as they did when they were purchased, but like any fabric table linens they eventually require cleaning.
Instead of buying a costly fabric table runner for the holiday table, embellish the center of the table with a cheap full-length mirror. A cheap framed door mirror can serve as a creative holiday table runner, and it can be topped with serving bowls of food, beautiful candle centerpieces, a menorah, or other holiday décor that will be uniquely reflected. This type of table runner is very easy to clean, and it will look spectacular year after year, especially when candles are lit for the celebration.
Raffia Wine Glasses
Wine glass charms are not always cheap, and charms that are cheap usually look even cheaper. Instead of decorating holiday wine glasses with costly charms or cheap decorations, gather and tie colored raffia around the stems. The sections of raffia can be embellished with beautiful glass beads or small cast resin or ceramic holiday decorations or favors. Decorating with cheap raffia will save a considerable amount of money, and it will not look cheap. Instead it will look natural and decorative. Best of all the raffia ties can be recycled and reused year after year.
These are just some of the many cheap ideas that can be used when decorating the holiday table. Avoid the home décor store when decorating the holiday table on a budget, and think of other crafty decorating methods. Some of the most impressive ways of decorating the holiday table are homespun, and items that are high in price are not necessary high in style.