I just LOVE neutral table settings. There is something magical about it so it was easy for me to settle on Cream & Gold (with other neutral tones thrown in) for the big family Christmas lunch (which we had on Boxing Day).
For the most part I was able to throw this table setting together using what I had at home. The only things I needed to buy were the gold & cream bon bons (which were a headache to find) and the chocolate & white striped straws which I purchased from Lille Parti for a couple of dollars (which you can see a couple of photos down).
I knew that I was going to have a busy display running down the centre of the table, so I chose to not make place setting cards. Instead I opted for these simple name tags to tie around the cutlery. I love the way it brings a rustic feel to the place setting.
For drinks we each had a wine glass jazzed up with a twine bow, and a glass bottle for water, decorated with a sweet mini paper doily, a brown cardstock circle, white & gold baker's twine and a mini punchie with "merry" on it. Majorly cute and everyone commented on how lovely the bottles looked. It is such a easy and cheap way to dress up a boring bottle instead of using a regular water glass.
For my table decorations, I simply ran a roll of burlap down the centre over the top of my calico tablecloth. Then I placed my trusty mini logs & spray painted pine cones all over which I had made for my Thanksgiving lunch which you can recap on over here. I just collected whatever I could find around the house that was neutral toned and whacked it on the table too! It really was nothing fancy!
Here is one of my reindeer animals! I made a whole bunch of these and showed them on my FB page, you can see all of them over here. (I also blogged about them when I first found the idea here). They were a fun talking point over lunch!
The last little detail on the main dining table was my big paper doily under the dinner plates! This idea came to me as I was pulling out the mini doilies for the glass bottles. I saw my packet of large ones there and the idea truck! I love how it looks! Love me some doilies!
Now onto the glorious FOOD!!
I made up some matching food signs for over on the food table. I know how much I like it when I know what food I am piling onto my plate so I am loving using food signs at all events these days. They are super easy and cheap to make. I just used cardstock, chocolate & white baker's twine, I punched out some ornaments out of my glimmery gold cardstock and threw on a large pearl to glam it up a little.
The foods we enjoyed for lunch were Rice Salad, Mango Avocado Salad, Ambrosia Salad, Turkey, Ham, Garlic Prawns & Cranberry Sauce.
This was my layout for the food table. I set it up on mums buffet in the dining room right near the table. I threw on a lovely vintage cream lacey tablecloth, a burlap runner and a couple of decorations. The white stands are candle holders from Ikea. They come in handy ALOT.
And here is all the glorious food! We sure did enjoy it! Can't wait until next year so we can eat it all again!
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