I decided to use my table in my formal dining room as the centerpiece for the cocktail party. I used shiny linen fabric and several Christmas lights to create a dramatic backdrop for the table. I don’t want to sound over cautious, but please be careful with Christmas lights. I absolutely love them and my home is filled with them at Christmas so I am not saying you shouldn’t use them, but you must be aware that they are a fire hazard. According to www.nfpa.org, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 200 house fires that began with Christmas trees in 2011–2015. These fires caused an annual average of 6 civilian deaths, 16 civilian injuries, and $14.8 million in direct property damage. Therefore, be aware of the dangers and how to use them safely, but also make sure that you have sufficient home insurance cover. Click here to learn more about protecting your home from fires at Christmas.
As well as my fabric and lights backdrop, I incorporated several holiday florals into the table and chandalier to provide a warm and festive feel to the room. To bring a warm and welcoming feel to the room I used ivory throw pillows as accents for under the table, which included a custom made “Merry Christmas” sign.