Are you struggling with your Christmas party budget? You've bought the food, prepared the menu, cleaned the house and somehow missed the decor for the table? Contributing Editor Barb McMahon is here to the rescue with a simple and charming way to make your guests feel special at the dinner table. You probably already have all of these things in your home.
You can find nice old quilts at thrift stores and auctions. This one was a hand-me-down from my Great Aunt. If the stuffing's not too thick, they make cheery table coverings.
All of our dishes are thrifted. They don't have to match, though I think the table looks more elegant if they have something in common. In our case, we go for white backgrounds.
We also have two sets of flatware. When I set the table, I try to have matching pieces at each individual setting. I just find it easier to manoeuvre if the knife and fork are basically the same weight.
Flowers can be hard to come by this time of year. But you really can't go wrong with candles and a scattering of Christmas ornaments.
Barb McMahon writes the blog May December Home - home decor with a focus on environmentally friendly/handmade/re-used design.