Food & Entertaining - Tabletop Ideas

Dress up the dining table

Elizabeth Baird, Jo Calvert and Karen Kirk
Photography by
Donna Griffith

Add instant glamour with three all-out gorgeous place settings.

Stylish and sophisticated
Crisscrossed over the tabletop, runners of shimmery chocolate silk contrast beautifully with the spotless linens and shining silver and crystal. Gold spray paint lends a luxurious look to inexpensive gift boxes, which hold handblown ornaments, nestled in gold tissue and adorned with sweet little satin bows, for the guests to take home.

Seasonal hues
Red jacquard place mats and napkins are layered with gilt-rimmed chargers and pretty plates. On top, gleaming organza bags offer sugarplums (foil-covered chocolates and rosy tree balls). Simple white votive candles, in clear glass containers edged with gold, add a flickering glow. In the centrepiece, plump cream-colour roses, paired with matching mini-ornaments, boost the Christmas colour.

Excerpted with permission from Canadian Living The Complete Christmas Book by Elizabeth Baird, Jo Calvert and Karen Kirk. Copyright © 2007. Excerpted by permission of Transcontinental, a division of Random House of Canada Limited. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.



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