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Festive Tabletops

Have a little creative fun this holiday season. Pull out your best china, stoneware, and crystal. They've been tucked away in the cabinet far too long. Or, embellish your everyday dishes with a little seasonal cheer.

If you have dishes with Santas, candles, poinsettias, wreaths, or snowmen, put them to work. Your family and guests will appreciate that you fussed. Perhaps, instead, you have winter scenes, with birds and berries. That's great, too. They will carry you through the entire winter. Use them for any and all meals.

Use tablecloths or placemats to set off your table. Coordinate your color scheme to go with your dishes and accessories. Use colorful ribbons as napkin rings. If you like stars, for example, add star motifs to the centerpiece or add candles in various heights for that "starry night" effect.

For color schemes, go with blue, white, and silver for a showy look. Or, traditional red and green. To make it more contemporary, opt for fuchsia and lime green.

For everyday dishes that don't have a holiday design, not to worry. Go to discount or big box stores and check out chargers to put under your dishes. Red, gold, or silver chargers go a long way in dressing up a table. So do cloth napkins or any of the myriad napkins on the market. Check out gift shops for those.

Just for fun and another layer of sparkle, put a new or vintage ornament on each plate as a favor for your guests to take home. Every time they use it, they'll remember your hospitality.


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