Easy, inexpensive ways to decorate your table

By Terry Glennie

Fresh fruit

Using fresh fruit in arrangments allows for a beautiful, edible display!

Your holiday table can be as simple or elaborate as you want to make it. Start with a beautiful tablecloth, add a table runner in a contrasting color. The runner could be a remnant of fabric folded into a strip, a decorative scarf, or even strips of holiday ribbon laid down the length of the table. Here are other ideas to give your table a new, stylish look.

Della Robbia
Decorating with fruit is called Della Robbia, named after 15th century Italian Sculptor Luca Della Robbia. Lay a garland of fresh pine down the length of your table. Tuck pieces of magnolia or bay leaves into the pine for added texture. Group fresh apples, oranges, lemons, limes, pomegranates, grapes, cones and berries in the greenery. You can sugar the fruit or spray it with glitter spray. Mixing fresh with faux is perfectly acceptable.

Pixie Poinsettias
Purchase a variety of Pixie Poinsettias in assorted colors. (Pixies are small poinsettias in 4” pots with four or five blooms each.) Trim the pot covers with decorative ribbon and bows. Place the poinsettias down the center of the table runner. Tuck votive candles, pine cones and fresh or permanent pine among the plants for a festive look.

Bring out your collections to display on your table. Place Grandma’s vintage ornaments in martini glasses or crystal bowls. Display your collection of snow globes, villages, Santas or snowmen with greens and candles. Use your imagination to create a one-of-a-kind tablescape for your holiday celebrations.

Terry Glennie is the floral manager at Elden’s Downtown Floral in Alexandria.

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