Christmas Art de la Table > Set a trendy table

Beautiful linens and festive items can spice up your holiday settings

Dazzle your guests this Christmas Season with a festive table you’ve created without spending mucho dinero. Get a jump start by scouting stores this weekend for tableware, linens and decorative items.

Remember that the Christmas Holidays are all about your senses, and being affected and moved by your surroundings. A few simple details added to your space, candlelight, tableware, festive accessories and luxurious linens, all create an instant holiday makeover by making an ordinary room extraordinary.

Thanks to specialised retailers, you can find appealing, inexpensive dishes, glasses, flatware and linens to dress your table for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or a special brunch. The look will be rich to the eye, but not disastrous to your budget, which will probably be stretched to the limit by gift purchases.

If you’re at a loss on how to start, these are the trends in today’s tabletop décor.

Always use candles, votives, pillars, tapers, when entertaining to establish a warm and inviting atmosphere. Do not use scented candles on the dinner table, though, because the scent could interfere with food aromas.

Combine faux florals, sparkling ornaments and fresh flowers to create a centerpiece that can be used for various gatherings, simply replace fresh flowers to change the look.

Focus on decorating the spaces guests see first and where they gather most, such as the foyer and living room.

To create a festive mood, set a welcoming table in the foyer with flutes filled with champagne and sparkling juice, interspersed with simple white votives.

Instead of using a traditional tablecloth, let the natural beauty of your wood or glass table shine through and use a runner or two for a layered look.