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Time to dust off the china!
If you’re like most people in the world, your china hardly ever - or never - gets used. Well...time to turn never into now!  An elegant affair with lots of shimmer & sparkle is the perfect  excuse to “break out the good stuff” - even more so if your  good stuff is accented with gold or silver!

Dress up the table with chargers.

Don’t own china? Not to worry - casual white dishware will work fine too - just make sure to use gold or silver chargers beneath each of the place settings. Chargers are typically very reasonably priced - popular  retail chains such as Target and Linens-n-Things carry them for as little as  $10 - $25 per set of 4. Get even fancier if you wish...find chargers with rhinestone borders (or create your own) – or splurge on fancier materials such as sparkly hand-pressed glass (check out the Marrakech chargers from Crate & Barrel), stainless steel, or even silver.

Bring holiday decór to the tabletop.

A quick trip down  the holiday decorating aisle is all you’ll  need to create a Gold & Silver Shimmer design. In the example above, we used two 12-inch ornament stands,
small ball ornaments (in both matte and shiny gold), a silver and gold garland, and a few votive candle holders with a gold foil finish. For further embellishment, wrap gold berry spray around the candle holders - or use it to create napkin rings - and add more ball ornaments throughout the garland.

Add unique touches.
In the photos above, an inexpensive silver curtain panel from IKEA worked perfectly as a metallic table runner. This same concept can be used with your favorite sparkly fabric or shiny gift wrap paper. And if you’re using assigned seating, look for silver and gold ball ornament placecard holders!