Friday, December 6, 2013
Christmas is the most celebrated season for Filipinos around the world. The countdown starts as soon as the –ber months come around and heavy traffic associated with the Christmas shopping rush starts as early as October.
With the Filipino value for close family ties, it is no wonder that the two weeks leading to December 25 are usually packed with family gatherings and reunions with friends. The much-anticipated Noche Buena and Simbang Gabi traditions are also part and parcel of the Filipino Christmas spirit.
With all these lovely traditions centered on sitting down and having a good meal together as a family, you might just find yourself hosting one of these dinners for your loved ones. Creating a fantastic Christmas table setting will make your party an affair to remember for years to come. Here are some classic ideas to make your Christmas table stylish.
1. Red and green are traditional colors that perfectly captivate the holiday spirit. This is your ideal color scheme for a classic Christmas table setting. Timeless ornaments such as Christmas balls and bows complete the look. Include some gold décor to add shine and sparkle to your setup.
2. For a casual lunch affair, you may go for a more whimsical look. Pair red with lime green for a fresh take on the traditional colors. Mix patterned plates and utensils to create an eclectic vibe.
3. For a laid-back, unassuming style, scatter some Christmas-themed cutouts around the table. Search for interesting designs in the scrapbook section at your local bookstore. This is also a great way of showing off the beautiful wood grain on your table surface.
4. A Christmas tree is the ultimate symbol for holiday cheer. Set up a tree complete with lights and ornaments near your dining table as a festive backdrop. If you plan to give away party favors or gifts at your gathering, you may wrap them up and use them as décor. The gift tags can also serve as nifty placeholders.
5. Some food items such as cookies in Christmas shapes and colorful cupcakes can be decorative as well as delicious. Incorporate them in your decorations as part of your table centerpiece. - Aislinn Kee