If you are looking for ideas on How to create a Christmas table on a budget then welcome to my blog. I have a passion for laying tables and have been entertaining effortlessly in the dining room of our farmhouse for the past three years.
Decorating for Christmas is fairly easy if you are a seasonal hoarder like myself. I love to collect small but personal plates and decor that I can use to host with year after year and friends and family can always expect a well-hosted table when they come to visit. Of course, collecting essentials over the years makes life a lot easier when sharing ideas on How to create a Christmas table on a budget but you may be surprised at just how useful those old brandy glasses at the back of the cupboard can be.
So have a good look through that crockery cupboard and reveal past plates, hand me downs or even family heirlooms that would look glorious strewn across a decorative cloth this season. My personal blog hosts tons of ideas for table settings if home and or lifestyle reads are your thing.
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Before you even think about sliding that first bauble on to the tree this year my advice is to de-clutter those cupboards and drawers. As I mentioned before, who knows which treasures could be lurking at the back of those deep cabinets. Uncle Bob’s famous serving platter? Mums antique Christmas cake tin? They sound like the perfect serving wear to me. Make use of crockery that you already have. Sort through glasses too. Some summer colours can add to the classic Christmas palette. Just remember one wine or champagne glass and a separate drinking glass for each guest.
Just as I was decluttering this week, I found a set of purple Ikea bowls. Realising that this colour looks great against my red servers gave my table an instant lift.
Do you think Sue from next door really cares if you pinch a few pieces of foliage from her fir tree? If you haven’t got enough greenery in your own garden then borrow some from the neighbour’s house, better still take the kids foraging. There are certain rules and laws to follow when foraging in public areas but basically if its on the floor then finders keepers.
Invest in a real Christmas tree and plant in the garden after use. Foliage for free year after year!
In the table setting featured, I used dried Allium heads to place down the centre of my table. This gave the impression of fresh and a woodland theme but would work equally as well for a new years eve bash. The huge spiky heads look like fireworks exploding.
If you won’t drink wine, even the non-alcoholic variety then you may have to nip next door again and raid Sue’s recycle bin. Wine bottles are so pretty and look fab with a plain white candle sticking out of the top. Save your best ones to use as lights along the table and give a romantic feel.
I love to save ribbons and bows from Christmas crackers which come in handy for name tags or using as an additional item for a placeholder. And if you feel a bit fussy about using real fire amongst the table decor then opt for a small bundle of fairy lights. Battery powered ones are handy as they can be switched off after use and are easy to store too.
What do you ask for at Christmas time? I always ask for gifts that I can use in the home. Tableware, China, cutlery or even a tablecloth. Shoppping in the January sales can save you so much money for the following Christmas and who does’nt love unboxing decorations that you purchased earlier on in the year? And then forgot about. Make a list of all the decor you wanted this Christmas and clip it in the December section of next years diary. Relatives will appreciate the gift ideas and you will hopefully end up receiving something you have always wanted.
I always buy my Christmas crackers in the January sales.