2 Jolly Christmas Reminiscence
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.
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.