2 Jolly Christ­mas Rem­i­nis­cence

Country Sampler - Christmas Decorating - - INSIDE -

As­sem­ble a Fo­cal Point

This sweet and easy cen­ter­piece brings to­gether the whim­si­cal col­ors, pat­terns and themes through­out the ta­ble. On a jadeite cake stand, ar­range as­sorted sizes of red, green and sil­ver bot­tle-brush trees. If you can’t find the trees in the cor­rect col­ors, a lit­tle spray paint will do the trick! In­fuse a touch of snowy shim­mer by brush­ing the branch tips with glue and then rolling in glit­ter. Once ev­ery­thing is dry and ar­ranged on the stand, set small glass ball or­na­ments among the trees to fill in any gaps. Tie a nar­row red rib­bon around the base of the stand for a del­i­cate ac­cent.

Crack On!

Show­case a retro theme by cre­at­ing party fa­vors for your guests from rolled vin­tage hand­ker­chiefs that re­sem­ble Christ­mas crack­ers. First, stuff a few treats into a small card­board tube. Use candy, trin­kets, a small game, or like a tra­di­tional cracker, a col­or­ful pa­per hat and a strip of pa­per fea­tur­ing a joke, rid­dle or for­tune. Line a hand­ker­chief with a white pa­per nap­kin, and then roll it around the card­board tube on the di­ag­o­nal. Tie the ends off with nar­row rib­bon. These won’t pop like clas­sic crack­ers, but guests will still en­joy the fun sou­venirs.

Trans­form Dishes into Can­dle­hold­ers

Con­vert small jadeite dessert bowls into pretty can­dle cups. Around the base, tie holly and ber­ries (real or im­i­ta­tion) with rib­bon for fes­tive flair. Nes­tle a neu­tral-col­ored pil­lar can­dle in each bowl. Just make sure the can­dles aren’t too tall or they’ll out­shine the cen­ter­piece!

Per­son­al­ize Place Mark­ers

Des­ig­nate each place set­ting with a mini gift box. Wrap a small box in red polka-dot­ted pa­per and tie it up with pat­terned rib­bon and a sprig of holly leaves. Write the guest’s name on an old-fash­ioned Christ­mas tag. These boxes could serve dou­ble-duty as place mark­ers and party fa­vors, but we chose to pro­vide faux Christ­mas crack­ers as the keep­sakes.

GET THRIFTYVisit your lo­cal sec­ond­hand store for vin­tage jadeite, or pur­chase sim­i­lar-look­ing mod­ern kitchen­ware from pop­u­lar re­tail­ers.

WHAT IS IT? Jadeite is a type of dish­ware made of jade­green milk glass. It was most pop­u­lar in the United States dur­ing the 1940s and 1950s.

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