Construct a mini gingerbread house for each guest, attached to a cardboard base with icing. Make it the centerpiece of each place setting. Then, just add a beverage, a personalized name card and a few decorations. For a simple, disposable place mat, use a 12x12 piece of decorative paper. To continue the theme, you can also add a gingerbread man or woman for each guest to eat or use for decorating.
Blue and White Contemporary Great Room With Sectional
For this sophisticated beach house, a blue-and-white palette complements its oceanfront setting, while contemporary details like the armchair's print and sculptural end tables have a decidedly modern feel.
Banquette Seating Meets Picnic Table in Rustic-Style Dining Room
A custom picnic table and built-in bench serve as a dining spot in this country home. Mission-style metal pendant lights illuminate the table’s rich wood surface. Dark-brown cement floors and undyed-linen curtains blend in with the home's natural setting. But this place isn’t as rustic as it appears -- the cabinet in the corner houses a high-end refrigerator.
In this smaller New York City home, space was at a premium and the dining area was very close to the entryway. The table and pendant help define it and keep it separate but harmonious as people come into the house. The dining table was customized by adding copper table legs to a wood tabletop. The designers picked up the copper accents in the lighting and place settings.
Skylight and Vivid Accents Brighten Eclectic Master Bedroom
A plush queen bed sits centerstage in this eclectic master bedroom, adding a luxurious touch to the comfortable setting. A round skylight overhead and vivid orange accents throughout help to brighten and balance the gray carpet and stone-inspired table. Vintage artwork on the walls connects this bedroom to the rest of the house.
Modern First Floor with an Exquisite Mountain View
The rest of the first floor of this house is just as unique as the kitchen. The dining area, sitting just off the kitchen, makes the beautiful mountain view the focal point of the space. The floor to ceiling windows allow in plenty of natural light, while giving a clear view of the scenery. The modern dining table and white table setting, while elegant, take a back seat to the beauty of nature. The sitting room just off the dining area uses the same simple, elegant design, continuously highlighting the extraordinary view.