Hey party people!
I get so excited about Christmas, because of many reasons, but one of those reasons is because I get to whip out our good china & set a formal table. Most of my meals are rushed so I really look forward to taking time to prepare, set, and beautify our Christmas dinner and table. Because we don’t do this on a nightly basis, sometimes it’s good to have a reminder on how to set a formal place setting.
I created this formal place setting guide as a little cheat sheet to prepare for Christmas dinner:
1| Salad Fork 2| Dinner Fork 3| Butter Knife & Bread Plate 4| Dessert Fork 5| Dessert Spoon 6| Dinner Knife 7| Soup Spoon 8| Beverage Spoon 9| Tea/Coffee Cup & Saucer 10| Red Wine Glass 11| White Wine Glass 12| Water Goblet
* This is based on my experience with dinner parties…I know there are a few different opinions on placement. This has been the most practical and most-used place setting I’ve found.
I know this is just the entertainer in me but a beautiful table setting makes me so happy! Strange, I know. But the icing on the cake would be the placecards. Even if you don’t really need to tell people where to sit, it offers such a personal touch and I think it makes people feel special.
Here are a few budget-friendly & simple place cards you could use:
All it takes for this place card holder is a couple of materials that you probably already have around the house, plus a glue gun & white card stock.
Use a little bit of removable mounting putty at the bottom of an ornament to make it stand up straight. This also sticks to the plate to further secure it. Use a glue gun to add a tag or a small piece of cardstock at the top of the ornament. Whether it’s a name or Christmas greeting, it will bring the guest holiday cheer.
I used pieces snipped from my Christmas tree to create this initial place card. I just realized that both of these place cards could come straight from your tree. At least you don’t have to go far.
To create your own evergreen initial, gather a few sprigs from your tree, some faux berries, silver ribbon, craft wire, and a glue gun.
* Lay out your sprigs in the shape of the letter you want.
* With your glue gun, line the backs of the sprigs with a little glue then apply the wire to it. (You could skip this part & just glue the sprigs together to create your letter but I wanted to have a little more flexibility to bend it)
* Bend it to your preference.
* Use your glue gun again to add the silver ribbon & berries.
The last place card takes the least amount of time. I got the evergreen sprigs from my front yard, added some faux berries and a silver ribbon.
You can also add a tag to it, if you’d like to create a specific place card.
Hope this helps you get excited about your holiday dinner! Have a very Happy Holiday!