This post was sponsored by Libbey as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
On any given Sunday, I cook for a small army. We are so blessed to have our kids and grandkids here to share dinner with us after church each Sunday. That’s fifteen people. It’s also a rare Sunday when we don’t have one or two family friends in attendance, adding to the fun and conversation. To save time, space and dishes, I serve those Sunday meals buffet-style. Everyone fixes plates at the long counter in the kitchen and then we eat around the big table in the dining room.
For Thanksgiving, I tried something a little different and the oooohs and aaaahs from the grandkids have inspired me to be sure I keep it up for our special holiday celebrations. It may sound silly to those of you who use beautiful china and table settings, regularly, but for us it was a treat and made the air around the table “sparkle”. I set the table. That’s it. I don’t mean that I went out and purchased fancy china or spent hundreds of dollars on expensive crystal. The goal was to create the “feeling” of something extraordinarily special, without spending more than our budget could accomodate. I have a nice set of stoneware that we use when everyone is here and that’s still what we used for our special Thanksgiving meal. But, I did find some simple and inexpensive ways to dress up the table and make it feel truly festive. It was such fun to see everyone’s reactions, to the festive table, that I decided I wanted to do something similar, for Christmas.
First of all, it’s hard for me to put into words the thrill and excitement of grandchildren who walk into a dining room to find a table decorated with a pretty tablecloth, centerpiece and candles. Then they notice the table is set, there are cloth napkins and OH MY GOODNESS! stemware at each place setting. The stage was set for a celebration of ENORMOUS magnitude! Setting “my stage” was simple and affordable thanks to my new white wine glasses from the Libbey® Glass Perfect Signature™ Auden Stemware Collection. Stemware instantly changes a meal into something more special, so everything else I did was very simple and utilized items I already had on hand. I can’t wait to dress it up, again, for our Christmas meal and I’ve got TWO easy and affordable ideas to share with you for doing it. But, first, I want to make sure you can get in on the fun, too!
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Now, two simple ideas to make your holiday table something to celebrate! To make a beautiful sparkling beverage that works for young and old, start with gorgeous stemware, like my Libbey white wine glasses from the Perfect Signature Collection, a pomegranate, fresh mint leaves and sparkling juice. I used white grape juice and an apple/pear juice. They don’t need to be sparkling, but the bubbles add to the “celebration feeling” and seem to hug those gorgeous ruby red pomagranate arils.
- chilled Sparkling White Grape Juice or Sparkling Apple & Pear Juice
- 1 pomegranate, arils removed
- 1 or 2 sprigs fresh mint
- Add 1 teaspoon of pomegranate arils and one or two mint leaves to the bottom of each wine glass.
- Fill each glass half full with the sparkling juice of your choice.
- Enjoy this festive and delicious beverage at any special family celebration!
The second part of making the table festive is making our simple table settings “feel” special, without huge cost. You can do this, too! Cloth napkins save money (not buying paper, again) and waste (not throwing away paper). Plus, you can dress them up so easily with special napkin folding techniques or easy-to-make DIY napkin rings. When you purchase, or make, cloth napkins, I recommend using fabrics with a high percentage of polyester. They wash more easily than cotton or linen and they won’t need ironing, after being laundered.
To make very simple, but sparkling Christmas-style napkin rings, I spent a little less than $5. I bought a spool of sparkly ribbon and a container of tiny package bows. Then using my glue gun, I assembled pretty napkin rings, in just minutes!
To make each napkin ring, you will need:
- 5 ½ inches of ribbon, (Choose what you have on hand or buy something pretty. My ribbon had wire in the edges, so it was even easier to keep the napkin rings round.)
- a miniature package bow
- glue, (I used hot glue. It dries quickly and holds securely.)
- Glue the ends of the ribbon together to form a ring.
- Cut away any of the white paper backing, on the bow, that sticks out past the edges of the bow.
- Glue the bow over the glued ends on your ribbon ring.
- You can roll or fold the napkin any way you like. I prefer to fold it in half and then roll each side to the center.
- Slide the napkin ring over the rolled napkin and place it on the table.