This past weekend Hubs and I threw a Christmas dinner party.
Being our second Christmas together as a married couple we really haven't had a chance to host any Holiday parties yet, and I was really excited to use all the holiday stuff we were gifted after our engagement. Our engagement party was just a few weeks before Christmas and couple of our guests gave us Christmas decorations as gifts. One of our gifts was a really cute Christmas table runner. I was so excited to use it this year and decorate the table red and green. However, with everything else coming up this season, when it came down to it, I couldn't justify purchasing a red or green tablecloth, to match the runner. Knowing that, I had to re-think our table using the tablecloth and runner we use all the time. I was bummed at first, but once I realized all the items I could re-use that I already own, I kinda excited about all the money I was saving.
The number one thing I used to jazz up the table was our china. Easy peasy, right? Have a fancy dinner party, equals an excuse to use all that china you got for getting hitched. NICE! I set the table with two forks: one for the salad and one for the meal. More fancy points made easy.
For each places setting, I ironed and tied-up our only set of cloth napkins up with a piece of nice white and silver ribbon. I also made printed place cards using the same clipart I found for the invitation, and a fun retro font I recently discovered. Each couple was grouped with a similar graphic because I’m cheesy like that.
Lastly, to tie everything together I sprinkled the table with mini Christmas ornaments I purchased 3 years ago for our office Christmas party. The light blue ornaments matched our table cloth perfectly and since, the rest of the ornaments matched those ornaments everything kind of came together.
I also liked to refer to our birdie salt and pepper shakers as “Two Turtle ;-) Well, there you have it. Our “On the cheep, Modern Christmas Table”. I just goes to show you (or me) that you don’t need to go out and buy new things to host a fancy, themed, dinner party. *You may have noticed the invitation was for a cocktail party. We had to switch to a dinner party when most our guests couldn’t come due to previous holiday engagements.