How to create a stunning holiday table for less than $20

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by Kaley O'Kelley

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azfamily.com

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 1:20 PM

PHOENIX -- Getting that "wow" look for your holiday table this year is easier than you think.

Stylist Kristen Forgione is the founder of The LifeStyled Company

She specializes in taking what you already have and infusing a few other key pieces, in this case items from a dollar store, to create a warm holiday look.

Forgione suggests these easy tips to give your house that warm holiday feel.

1. Use your existing table décor to anchor your design. If you have a great centerpiece on the table year-round, figure out how to work that into your design plan, and use it as a main staple piece; whether it is for color, shape, or style. Fill large bowls with pine cones, faux snow or holly berries. Wrap tall items with bows or ribbon.

2. See the table for the center. Don’t take on the whole table. Try and see each component by itself; it will be easier to create a styled effect.

Take the center of the table and cascade the décor pieces toward the heads. Then style each place setting. Add long ribbon down the table, weaving between existing pieces.

Add different  varieties of candles, both short and tall to add ambient lighting. Tuck both large and small ornaments between and around some of the components throughout the table.

Don’t forget to walk around your table, as you want guests at all sides to enjoy the festive décor.

3. Give your guests something to chat or comment about when finding their seat. You don’t need 20 people to create place settings. An intimate event is the perfect opportunity to have your place cards or markers do double duty and also act as a favor to send home with each guest.

4. Make your place markers one-of-a-kind.

Gather old salad/bread sized plates and spray them with chalkboard spray paint. Allow paint to dry and use your best handwriting to address each one with  the person’s name whom you’d like to sit there. Add a little doodle like a holly berry or wheat. Don’t be  afraid to mix and match.

Put the chalkboard place markers on the heads, and incorporate dollar-store vintage  jar candles with tin tops into the side seats. Take a ruler and pencil and mark a straight line on the top of  the candle as your guide for writing each name. Then use a permanent marker for the lettering. Don’t fret if it’s not perfect! Your guests will love your attempt at personalizing the dinner, and think your handwriting is endearing.

For more ideas from Forgione check out www.thelifestyledco.com.

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