7 Holiday Table Settings for $10 or Less
Sugar and Spice
For a warm and modern tabletop, use decorative cinnamon sticks, salt or sugar crystals from the pantry, and varying clear vases or bowls to dress up inexpensive tea lights. Use leftover ribbon from wrapping presents to dress up the vases for a touch of color.
By Ashley Rose, Photography by Jared Smith Photography
Glittering Gift Boxes
Use small presents or empty boxes as a beautifully wrapped centerpiece. Cover a few pantry items like granola bars or boxes of popcorn and cereal in lieu of real gifts.
Gather a few small sticks and bundle them by wrapping twine or ribbon around the ends to hold them tight. Use the gaps in the bundle to your advantage by having them hold taper candles in place, then add a bit of greenery with snips from holiday garland or the branches themselves.
Turn a cutting board or serving tray into a display of candles, pinecones and berries. Pinecones on their side also make perfect place card or sign holders.
Dressed-Up Champagne Flutes
For a glitzy centerpiece (think New Year's Eve), plastic champagne flutes are the perfect-size vessels to hold taper candles. Add a touch of glamour with inexpensive metallic confetti or ornament shards you can find at most craft stores. Dress up the table with your favorite ornaments and a patterned table runner made from a long strip of gift wrap you might have on hand.
For a big pop of color, and a table setting the kids will love, hook your extra holiday ornaments (or brand-new ones from the discount store) onto a piece of yarn or wired ribbon for a festive bulb runner that can be made as big or small as you need.
Buy a medium-size hurricane vase and fill it with water before adding a single faux holiday stem for an inexpensive ice sculpture-inspired look without any melting. Use it by itself, or add a few pillar candles and berries to round out the display.