Many choose to deck the halls for Christmas, setting up elaborate displays to show their holiday spirit and encourage the same in others. When planning Christmas dining gatherings, setting the perfect place setting and creating a name card setup that fits the holiday can make the gathering even more festive. Instead of buying these setups ready-made, spend some time crafting place settings yourself, giving your space some seasonal flair.
Santa's Sleigh Settings
Children and adults alike hope that Santa's sleigh arrives filled to the brim with Christmas gifts. Make this gift-bearing vehicle the center of your Christmas celebration by creating Santa's sleigh settings for your table. Purchase petite plastic or wooden sleighs and paint them with craft paint, adding borders of holly or red and green stripes. Write out the names of your guests on petite cards, and prop them up in the sleighs. Set the sleighs in the center of your charger plates, creating an easy and holiday-appropriate way to invite your guests to the table.
Nosegay Place Settings
Add a touch of femininity to your Christmas table setting by creating nosegay place settings. Purchase red and green flowers or perfect-for-Christmas poinsettias, such as those available from ProFlowers. Use these flowers to create a tiny nosegay bouquet, gathering a few stems of each into a floral dome and securing them tightly at the base with some ribbon in Christmas-y reds and greens. Use fabric paint to add the individual's name to the nosegay ribbon, or attach a card with his name printed on it. Place this floral bouquet in the center of your plate, or use small red or green glasses as makeshift vases to hold the bouquets at the front of each place setting, identifying the individual who is to sit in that seat.
Santa's Sack Sachet Place Card Holder
Give a nod to Santa's magical sack that is always filled with perfect presents for good boys and girls. Using Christmas-themed printed fabric, create small pockets of approximately 4 inches by 3 inches, sewing up three sides and leaving the top open. Instead of filling each of these with toys, stuff them with cinnamon-scented potpourri, creating an aromatic, Christmas-y drawer filler. Close the sachets with ribbon, and attach cards containing the individuals' names. Place these near the water glasses at your place settings, allowing them to serve double duty as both a place setting card and a favor.
Petite Present Holder
Fill your table with presents to create an interactive and attractive tablescape. In preparing for your party, purchase an assortment of playful presents that don't cost much but may prove enjoyable to recipients, such as inexpensive glass vases or small handheld games. Wrap each of these gifts and number them, arranging them neatly in the center of your table. Create small cards with numbers corresponding to the numbered gifts, and place each in a petite box, wrapping these as well. Place one of these small boxes at each place setting. As guests arrive, allow them to pick their seats. Near the end of your meal, let guests unwrap these small boxes and collect the present that matches the number the box contains from the center of the table.