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Set the Table

Set the Table

Hey there, hostess of the year. Mix it up with printed and solid plates in various sizes, tied together by seasonal colors. Wrap napkins and silverware in a statement-making ring. And the final, Insta-worthy detail? Creative place cards.

Ready to have yourself a fabulous little table? Mix plaid and solid plates in various sizes and textures, tied together by seasonal colors. Wrap napkins and silverware in faux holiday foliage. And the final, Pinterest-worthy detail? Creative place cards.

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Pumpkin salt and pepper shakers Nutcracker salt and pepper shakers

Can’t get enough pumpkin spice? Set out these freshly picked salt & pepper shakers.

Spice up your Christmas Eve dinner with these handsome nutcracker soldiers.

Hedgehog card holder Reindeer card holder

He may not be the most cuddly, but this hedgehog makes a seriously cute place card holder.

There’s a moose on the loose! Luckily, he’s just helping everyone find their seats.

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Additional tips from a lifestyle blogger

Because my daughter Emma goes to sleep around 7 p.m. these days, nightlife has changed significantly for us. While we used to go out to dinner frequently on the weekends, we now have friends and family over instead. We’re incredibly appreciative of our guests, so we try to make each person’s dining experience unique and fun by adding an unexpected element to their place setting. For a natural twist this season, try pine cones, berries, sprigs, fresh fruit, and even small gourds!

Because we live in a small house here in Chicago, life really revolves around our kitchen table. Yes, it’s where we have our meals, but it’s also where we talk, complete work, play games, do DIY projects, and fold laundry! Since we spend so much time at the table, we try to make it as cheery as possible during the holidays:

  • We switch out our “head” dining chairs for plaid ones, and we hang decorations off the backs of the others.
  • We also set out a go-with-anything table runner and we place two large lanterns as well as faux birch and pinecones on it.
  • Finally, when it’s time to eat, we play seasonal music and use plaid placemats and adorable reindeer napkin rings. My daughter Emma loves those napkin rings. Don’t children bring so much magic to the holiday season?!

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Our turkey-inspired napkin fold takes just two hands—and less than two minutes. Plus, it’s easy enough to do while taking in your favorite cooking show or watching the kids play in the yard. Let’s get folding!

Our Christmas tree-inspired napkin fold takes just two hands—and less than two minutes. Plus, it’s easy enough to do while taking in your favorite cooking show or watching the kids play in the yard. Let’s get folding!

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Don't forget the kids!

With a mix of melamine (read: practically indestructible) dinnerware and fun tabletop activities, the kids table will be the most in-demand spot in the house. Sorry, no grown-ups allowed.

With a mix of melamine (read: practically indestructible) dinnerware and fun tabletop activities, the kids table will be the most in-demand spot this side of the North Pole. Sorry, no grown-ups (or elves!) allowed.

Kids owl melamine place setting Kids sloth melamine place setting
Kids owl melamine place settings Kids sloth melamine place settings

Want the kids to give a hoot about sitting down for dinner? Set their table with these adorable owls and retro straws. And the real stroke of genius? A sheet of butcher paper and crayons.

Presto chango! Make over the kids table from Turkey Day to Christmas Day with these whimsical sloth plates. Butcher paper is still a must for protecting your table—no matter how adorable your little ones are.

Let’s be honest—the kids are probably most excited about pie. But they can get into the spirit of the day with a craft that explores what they’re thankful for. All you need is paper, scissors, glue, a crayon and tiny hands.

This is about as unique as it gets: A personalized Christmas tree made from each kid’s fingerprints. Doesn’t hurt that it will also keep their minds and hands busy till it’s time for dessert.

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Mom and daughter doing crafts together.

If the kids are going to hang around waiting for pie, why not have them make something to hang on the tree? Just premake some pipe-cleaner antlers, then have them glue those, along with wiggly eyes and red noses, onto handprint reindeer cutouts. Instant ornament!