I love words (it’s the English teacher in me), so you know that I especially love Christmas words– noel, joy, peace, love, family, faith and so many other means of expressing our feelings at the holidays in short recognizable forms.
So whenever I find holiday wooden or metal word signs, I pick them up because they make terrific mantelpiece, side table and dining room table centerpieces. You add a little greenery, and you are good to go! I have a green JINGLE sign, a silver PEACE sign and a glittery HOHOHO among others in my collection.
So if you like to set an attractive holiday table for your family and friends with minimum effort, check out this Noel Christmas centerpiece tablesetting for ideas.
I began with my bare dining room pine tabletop and added natural-colored round woven hemp placemats. I like the natural browns and tans in contrast to the cream dishes and red and green decorations. It warms up the table. On top of the placemats, I added my Mikasa Italian Countryside dinner plates–the cream color of the plate is a nice base for the colored napkins and cups and saucers. To go with the cream dinner plates, I also used plain cream porcelain coasters a friend gave me–these are under my stemmed water and wine goblets to protect my tabletop.As the topper for each placesetting, I used some cream and red-trimmed oversized cups and saucers that I found at the thrift store a few years ago. I loved their simple greenery design and the huge cups are perfect for large servings of hot tea or coffee or hot cocoa or as soup bowls. I used them for soup bowls for this particular meal. Under each cup and saucer, I folded red and white polka-dot cotton napkins in the shape of squares to brighten up the plain dinner plates.Now all I needed was a centerpiece. This NOEL sign I found at Walgreens at the after-Christmas clearance last year–I think it cost about $5 or less. But its usefulness is worth well more! All you have to do is sit it on the table (or mantel or wherever) and tuck in some seasonal greenery. I like to use real greenery whenever possible, so I went out in the yard and found some nandina leaves and berries. The berries are so pretty and pick up on the berries in the cup and saucer design. When this greenery gets dry, throw it away and tuck in some new natural greenery or some artificial greenery picks.For more ambience, I added four red votive candles in clear glass candleholders for warm and color.It’s just that easy! Find a word sign that expresses something important to you in a color scheme that coordinates with your holiday dishes and linens. Add greenery of your choice or beaded garland or tinsel to go at the base of the sign. Add Christmas tree ornaments, fruits or nuts, or candles, and your table will be ready for family and friends to come for a holiday gathering with you! Enjoy!