Three Merry Tablescapes

Set an un­for­get­table ta­ble for Christ­mas with these in­spir­ing ideas for place set­tings, cen­ter­pieces and other table­top decor.

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Set an un­for­get­table ta­ble for Christ­mas with these hol­i­day-in­spired ideas for place set­tings, cen­ter­pieces and other table­top decor.

Show­case a Liv­ing Cen­ter­piece

Trans­plant a minia­ture ev­er­green tree to a gal­va­nized bucket to serve as a snowy cen­ter­piece. Flock the branches with ar­ti­fi­cial snow spray to give it even more of a frosty feel. Hang glass or crys­tal ici­cles of dif­fer­ent lengths from the branches as well as clear glass or­na­ments filled with white glit­ter. Scat­ter a few sil­ver snowflakes of var­i­ous shapes and sizes on the tree and around the cen­ter of the ta­ble, vis­ually unit­ing each place set­ting to the ta­ble’s fo­cal point.

Layer Up

For each place set­ting, start with an icy tex­tured glass charger as a base. Atop the charger, stack a sim­ple white din­ner plate, a sil­ver snowflake and a clear glass salad plate. To frost-ify the salad plate’s rim, first wash the plate well to re­move any residue. Then, use steel wool to lightly blot bright sil­ver metal­lic acrylic paint on the un­der­side of the rim. Let dry be­fore seal­ing the en­tire plate with a food-safe sealant. Top the ar­ray with a white cloth nap­kin em­bel­lished with a sil­ver snowflake charm and cabo­chon

call­ing out, “Let It Snow.”

Give Can­dles Some Height

Place a sil­ver snowflake on top of a white ce­ramic cup­cake pedestal to cre­ate an in­stant can­dle­holder.

ICY SHINE If you can’t find a per­fectly aged gal­va­nized bucket, pur­chase a new one and search on­line for tech­niques to age it.

SHOW IT OFF! Off­set the nap­kin to the up­per edge of the plate to re­veal the sil­ver snowflake and lay­ered plates be­low.

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