Every Christmas I like to create a festive holiday table to enjoy Christmas dinner with my family.
When we moved, the table and chairs didn’t fit in the lake house so it happily went to my oldest daughter who did have the room in her house for it.
I still like to come up with holiday table setting ideas, but now I do it for the round table in my kitchen that seats five. It is the only inside dining table we have.
The biggest challenge in doing this is that it is a round table. I like the bare wood surface paired with my white plate’s most of the time, but do like to change it up.
Placemats really don’t work as the corners of each overlap on the table. Round tablecloths are hard to find and when I do find them, I usually don’t like the fabric.
I could make them myself, like I did last year for Thanksgiving, but it does take time to do that. This Christmas, I wanted quick and easy.
I was gravitating to using red plaid. I really liked how my living room looked with the red plaid I used on my tree and…
…the gifts under it. I wanted to find a plaid tablecloth to spread the pattern into the dining area.
When I was out Christmas shopping last week at HomeGoods I found a few plaid cloths I liked but figured they would all be rectangular or oval cloths. I was thrilled to find a round one. It was one of those “meant-to-be” finds.
I looked online to see if I could find a link to the table cloth. It is sold in all sizes on Amazon and Ebay, but is a lot cheaper if you can find it at HomeGoods where I payed $16.99 for the 90″ round size. It is made by Ralph Lauren. The pattern is called Baker Plaid Red.
For the centerpiece on the table, I tied twine around a cylindrical vase and stuffed glittered twigs in between the vase and twine. (I bought the twigs last year at Hobby Lobby.) I added a small poinsettia from Walmart’s garden dept. and pine branches from my yard inside the vase.
Since the plaid is a busy pattern, I kept the rest of the table setting simple and made paper Christmas tree napkin rings. They are not really rings, but more of a napkin wrapper.
They were easy to make with red printer paper. I was considering adding glitter to them and writing names on each so they would double as place cards, but then decided I like the the way they looked just simply red.
Since Christmas is still 12 days away and we use this table all the time, I am storing everything in my china closet except the centerpiece that is still on the table and the new plaid tablecloth that is hanging in a closet all pressed and ready to go. On Christmas Day I will be able to put it all back in place 1…2…3.. :-)
How to Make DIY Christmas Tree Napkin Rings
- Paper of any type from construction paper to gift wrap. Cut to 3-1/2″ x 11-1/2″
- Christmas Tree template -Click here to download: Christmas Tree Napkin Ring template
- Optional – cardboard
- Download, print and cut-out tree template. If you are going to make a lot of them, trace the tree onto a piece of cardboard. It will hold up better to repeat tracings.
2. Fold paper into 1-inch wide accordion pleats.
3. Place tree template onto accordion-folded paper.
4. Cut-out the traced shape, making sure the lowest tree branch and the base under the tree trunk remain uncut on the accordion folds.
5. Unfold paper and wrap around a folded napkin.
Do you plan out how you set your holiday table every year?