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Ideas for the Holidays on a budget? How to Spruce up your dinner table.

Updated on November 29, 2008

Are you tired of the Same Ole' Holiday tablecloth?

Wouldn't it be fantastic if you could splurge on a gorgeous new tablecloth or placemats for every season??? Well...if your budget looks anything like mine does, that's not going to happen!!! If you are like most people you have that red and green plad thing tucked away in the attic that you are dreading to have to take down and use again this holiday season. But quality tablewear is expensive and hard to justify when it only gets used once or twice a year. Luckily for you I have a fun and inexpensive way to make your old table look new again.

Time to dig out last years wrap.

Vintage Wrapping Paper can really make a statement.
Vintage Wrapping Paper can really make a statement.

And Finally use those cards you've been saving!

Old Cards Make Fantastic Place Cards!!
Old Cards Make Fantastic Place Cards!!

Wrap this table up tight!!

If you have hard, cork board placemats then this will be a breeze for your. If not, you will need to find some nice thick cardboard, with no bends in it and cut it about 10 in long and 8 or so inches high. You can use a standard piece of notebook paper for your sizing and it will turn out perfect. Cut out as many pieces as you have guests and then a few extra for the center of the table. I like to use coordinating patterns and colors of wrap for mine but feel free to go crazy!!! I like to wrap the place settings in one color, then the ones for the middle of the table in another. If you are feeling really adventurous, you could wrap your coasters too. Now, if a good wash and an iron won't bring your table cloth back to life you could probably pick up a nice solid colored one at a local discount store or online, for really cheap. Another option is to browse your local fabric store for closeouts and just get a giant piece of fabric or lace for your table. ( This works really well for a tree skirt too!! )        

I like to finish my table off with place cards made from old christmas cards that I have collected. I think that it is fun to pick out cards that suit the family member that will be sitting in the seat. Old and unused Christmas ornaments that you can write on with a sharpie are fun too. Just have fun with it!!

Get your kids involved!!

This is a fantastic project to get your kids involved in the holiday preperations. They can help your wrap the placemats with holiday paper or they could design their own. A roll of Butcher paper and some colored markers or crayons is all that you need. The Butcher paper is nice and sturdy and great for drawing on. Each child could customize their own place setting or one for grandma and grandpa. Encourage your gets to get out into nature too. They could collect fall leaves for the Thanksgiving Day table and Pinecones that they can sprinkly with flour or baby powder to look like snow.


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      KT pdx 9 years ago from Vancouver, WA, USA

      This really works, too. One year, my cousin and I took red paper and wrapped the whole table, then used green ribbon to make it look like a package. :) Very festive!