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5 Tips for Easy and Inspired Christmas Entertaining

December 11, 2017
by Courtney

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Tis the season for twinkly lights, holiday cheer and gatherings with friends and family!


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And today I am sharing 5 tips for setting a romantic inspired table for Christmas along with a top entertaining tips.

If you are like me… you might be gearing up for family and friends get-together this season. Or maybe you are hosting Christmas at your house, and that means that everyone is coming over. The holidays are already full of pressure and crazy as we run around trying to do so much in a short amount of time- so why not make it a bit easier on yourself and dazzle your guests at the same time?


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Here are my Romantic inspired Christmas table musts:

Fresh Greens

Seasonal flowers

A bit of ambiance

Plus a sprinkle of magic.

And here is how to get the look:

Tip #1:  A Simple Centerpiece

I love a centerpiece of greens for the holidays and below I used pre-made fresh garland.


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This table has a pre-made cedar garland down the center-but- if you don’t have fresh- you can use clippings or even a faux Christmas garland. I found several beautiful juniper and cedar faux garlands at HomeGoods last week- so keep it simple and stress free.

Tip #2: Fresh Flowers

I am big fresh flower girl-it is no secret. And I will tuck those flowers into everything I am working on- including a Christmas table.


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The easiest way to incorporate fresh is to pick up a simple inexpensive arrangement at the market. Or you can always pick up a faux arrangement at HomeGoods. I could not believe when I found several charming little arrangements of peonies on the shelf that looked incredibly realistic. You can’t go wrong and you don’t have to remember to add water.

Tip #3: Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow

Ambiance is my go when it comes to entertaining.

Setting a beautiful table with a lovely runner, flowers and favorite china is just part of the story that your table is telling. The ambiance is the other part. The lights, the music, the setting, the details.


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Favorite tips:

Don’t forget the candles- and vary their height for the most magic- I found blush and gold candles for this year’s table in the regular candle aisle.

Stream a classical Christmas station on demand – but keep it soft.

Tip #4: Elegant place settings

Gilded everything? Yes, please. I am obsessed. And the shelves are stocked full of amazing gilded, silver edged and even copper pieces right now. Perfect for Christmas and into the New Year’s Eve celebrations.


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For gold- pair with rich elegant plums and aubergines for a warm romantic touch. With silver- think whites and frosty details for a winter wonderland.

Tip #5: A Sprinkling of Magic

Extra ambiance is always a good thing and during the holidays it is like an invitation to add more. If you are setting an outdoor table, string lights in the tree branches in the distance for a bit of fairy dust- and use lanterns on your pathway and steps to help guests navigate by flicker of faux candle light (for safety) 🙂


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Hosting a party indoors? Place a fresh garland on a mirror, add a collection of candles, or even string lights on a chalkboard for a festive touch. Of course a twinkling Christmas tree is a perfect choice as well.

Simply think of the areas around your table and what you can incorporate.

And my favorite hush-hush tip for entertaining- just between you and me…My favorite tip is about getting a little bit of help. Such as pick up a pre-made dessert from the bakery and add your own finishing touches like berries or chocolate curls. Or a baked brie – add some sugared cranberries for a unique look. Or there are always treats in the Gourmet section at HomeGoods – chocolates, cookies, baking mix, etc. you can check out.

 
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Do as much ahead of time as you can and it always helps to break tasks down into lists and ask your family and friends to pitch in where they can.

And then sit back and enjoy!! Have a wonderful and relaxing holiday season.

Courtney is a paid blogger and writes the blog French Country Cottage where she shares lifestyle and design inspirations, DIY projects and the ongoing renovations of her 1940s cottage. Connect with Courtney on her blog, French Country Cottage.