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For an outdoor feel, she suggests tying a sprig of rosemary around cutlery or napkins as an inventive napkin ring.


All year long, we rush, rush, rush and often don’t take the time to properly dress our tables. Doing so sets the stage for special shared occasions. Taking the time to provide a beautiful atmosphere lets our family members and friends know how much we value them.

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Plates and cutlery used during summer picnics can be paired with seasonal accents. “Kids will love this,” says Skaro.

Mary Ann Skaro, of Tablescapes In Style, says that your festive setting should reflect who you are but should be a little bit more distinctive than the everyday display. “It’s a great time to take out your special china, silver and glassware and celebrate the season.

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Colours you love can substitute for traditional tones. Use again for a special Valentines dinner or bridal shower.

And definitely use chargers as they set the tone of your table. Besides the tree, it’s the major focal point of your home’s seasonal decorating.”

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Minimalists will go for this low-fuss setting. Give your attention to the special napkin instead of overcrowding the table, advises Skaro.

There are fewer ‘rules’ around a properly set table but a few still apply. “A beautiful table cloth is your foundation and a lovely centerpiece is important,” says Skaro. Here are some other tips she has to make your holiday celebrates special.

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Add sparkle for an intimate pre-holiday dinner party or more formal New Year’s Eve event for a few couples.

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A traditional table gets glammed up with greenery and gold beads. “The red charger really makes this holiday setting,” adds Skaro.