We hosted a few dinner parties this Christmas and I just wanted to share my very simple, very minimal and very inexpensive table settings. I don’t like to waste and I don’t like to spend much, so I usually work with what I have to limit my purchases. Some people notice and appreciate what I do, while others don’t really care or acknowledge. Either way, I just want to make the table look decent for any get-together. πŸ™‚

Christmas table setting

This was for our couples’ group Christmas party. I did not buy anything new to set it up. Our plates are 8 years old — wedding gifts. πŸ™‚

Christmas table setting

I wanted to personalize it, so I made letters out of green pipe cleaners (fuzzy wires). I only have 4 red table napkins, so I worked with them. The ribbon-wrapped votives are from last year’s (2011) “design.” πŸ™‚

Christmas table setting

The adults’ table. Again, nothing new here, except the red table napkins which I bought a month before. I recycled the Christmas balls (which have been with me for at least 4 years) and the votives. πŸ™‚

Christmas table setting

The kids’ table. I bought the Chinese gift boxes a week before our annual Happy Birthday Jesus party, not knowing what I was going to use it for. I was happy with how nice it turned out as a candle holder. I like the effect very much. I used my reindeer plates again, which have been with me for four years, and it’s great that the local supermarket has many choices now on plastic spoons and forks. I had the table cloth made 3 or 4 years ago. πŸ™‚

Christmas table setting

This was for my youth/singles group’s annual Christmas tradition, second year. I brought my table runner from home and reused the Chinese gift boxes, filled them with balls and other old, broken Christmas elements. πŸ™‚

Christmas table setting

The plates and chopsticks are new, but very affordable. πŸ™‚

Christmas table setting

This whole concept began with chopsticks, which I bought on the first half of 2012, also not knowing what I was going to do with them exactly. I bought the plates to give as gifts (yes, they washed them after eating noodles and dumplings, so they could bring them home). I also made the Christmas cards attached to the chopsticks. πŸ™‚

Christmas table setting

This was for our victory groups Christmas party. Thankful for colored paper plates, which I opted for as I anticipated more guests than usual, and colored spoons and forks, available at the local supermarket.

Christmas table setting

I recycled the Chinese gift boxes and votives again. πŸ™‚

Christmas table setting

This was a last-minute prep for dinner with relatives from the U.S. I didn’t cook, so the least I could do was to make the table look half-decent haha. πŸ™‚

Christmas table setting

I used old ribbon and old Christmas balls to make decorative napkin holders. πŸ™‚

Christmas table setting

Christmas eve! Only the place mats and flowers are new. Even the candles are old, handed down to me 3 years ago. Still good and still unlit to this day haha. πŸ™‚

Christmas table setting

New Year’s Eve! Our motif for the Luceros’ annual New Year’s eve get-together was red and white, so I thought I’d do a red and white table as well. πŸ™‚

Christmas table setting

Only thing new are the red floating candles. Even the flowers are from Christmas eve haha. πŸ™‚

Christmas table setting

I forgot to light up the floating candles in all the excitement, so I can still use them in the future, yay! πŸ™‚

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About Phoebe Torres-Lucero

I am Phoebe Torres-Lucero, wife of a loving husband & dedicated pastor, King, and mother to three wonderful, smart, active little girls, Danae, Noelle and Gianna. Phoebe means bright and radiant. Torres means towers. Lucero means light. Put together, my name speaks of a tower of bright, radiant light. And that is what I hope to be as I write and share with you some of my experiences, especially on being a mom.

4 responses »

  1. Norie canda says:

    Beautiful as always, dapat i share sa pinterest!

  2. red christmas balls is one of my favorite Christmas ornaments. love how you use them on your table settings.

  3. leaesantos says:

    I love them all!!! πŸ™‚ Very creative and ingenious! Can’t wait for next Christmas! Haha.

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