So, you don’t have a formal dining room for serving Christmas dinner? You mean your kitchen is your dining room as well? That’s okay; such is the case for many homes. It is nice when you can make a fancy showing, in your lavish dining room, but if you have just the kitchen table you simply have to make do. However, that doesn’t mean that your kitchen dinner will be any less spectacular than those who have a separate dining area. From the table to the curtains to the serving dishes you can create an elegant and festive setting for your family and friends.
Christmas foods are often quite plentiful – more than what you can arrange on an ordinary table with place settings. The counter tops in your kitchen can become the showcase for desserts, snacks, candies and more. Although you can just set the goodies out on the counters there are many inexpensive things you can do to make the overall appearance have more of a Christmas theme. Purchase fake poinsettias – or a real one – and place the flowers, here and there, amongst the pies, cakes and other treats. Instead of poinsettias you can use rope garland, pine sprigs, pine cones or similar embellishments.
Make nice food towers by starting with glue dots or glue strips. Use them to stack plates and glasses which will form the tiers. Set a plate on a table then “glue” one glass in the center. Stack a second plate, and another glass, before setting the final plate. If you want, turn a final glass, filled with fake poinsettias or other flowers over, then set it on top of the last plate. The glue strips can easily be removed when the party is over but will hold everything securely until then. You don’t necessarily have to use real dishes; use colored, disposable plates and cups to create something more lightweight and disposable.
During the holidays you can easily find all sorts of decorative dinner napkins. Choose the pattern you like and use them, temporarily, to decorate your windows. Drape the napkins over the curtain rod positioning a decorative corner of the napkin straight down. Place the napkins, side-by-side, across the rod, overlapping each one somewhat. Make sure the points are all facing downward and that the points are evenly spaced. This is a cute look that only takes a couple of minutes and a few pennies. This technique can be used on shelves and the refrigerator top, too.
Ordinary cans, like tuna cans or soup cans, can become beautiful candle holders for the table or the counter tops in your kitchen. It only takes a few minutes to spray the clean cans with adhesive then sprinkle on glitter. Tie a velvet ribbon around each to complete the look. Or, glue on fake jewels, found at any craft store, to create a much more elegant look. Other choices are to wrap a ribbon around the can and glue on a fake poinsettia, or even wrap a piece of folded, Christmas-theme cloth around the decorated can.
Make a quick and beautiful centerpiece for the table by starting with an old plate. If you don’t have a spare plate just use a disposable, plastic plate. Use hot glue to glue a length of garland onto the plate. Start at the outside edge and go around and around until you’ve reached the center of the plate. A dot of glue, here and there, will hold the garland to the plate. Now you can stack up pine cones, glue on tiny ornaments, or just place candies and cookies amongst the garland.
If your counter tops are small you can easily make removable counter pads. Cut cardboard to the size and shape of the counter. Cover the cardboard with Christmas cloth. It doesn’t have to be a huge project; just use tape to secure the cloth to the backside of the cardboard. Now, before the dinner, you can set these decorative pads on the counters, then place your desserts and other goodies on top. You can do this to just one counter or all of them. Put them up and save them for next year when the dinner is over.
Use a red, white or green sheet to make a nice tablecloth. There are all sorts of things you can do to make the ordinary sheet much more festive. One idea is to use metallic tape to create a design along the edges of the sheet. Cut the sheet to size then simply use the tape on the edges. The metallic tape is available in several colors and dispenses just like Scotch tape. After the dinner the tape can be removed before laundering the sheet. Make a more permanent tablecloth by using any number of inexpensive craft supplies. Ropes of tinsel can be sewn or glued onto the edges of the sheet. Although the tablecloth can’t be thrown in the dryer it can be laundered. Using fabric glue will ensure the roping stay attached.
You might not have a big, fancy dining room, or even a small one, but that doesn’t mean your Christmas dinner can’t be fabulous! Give your kitchen a fabulous Christmastime theme by implementing some or all of the above ideas. Your guests will marvel at the change and you’ll secretly know it costed next to nothing! Get busy! Christmas is almost here!