Here’s a great way to dress up your Christmas table setting without spending a lot of money. I picked up these rolls of  wrapping paper on clearance after Christmas last year. I loved the damask-like pattern on the one, and the Merry Christmas words on the other. There wasn’t any doubt that they’d look as gift wrap, but I wanted to see if they’d also make a great holiday decorating idea.

Good quality wrapping paper makes a great runner for a Christmas table setting. Don’t worry if it doesn’t fit the entire table – it just needs to run down the center of the table, like a holiday table runner would, though the advantage of using paper is that you can create a wide runner and really make a statement! (Fold the edges or ends under to get a clean edge, if needed.)

Another great thing about a paper table runner is that you don’t have  to worry if it gets stained – just toss it out.

Choose wrapping paper that’s a good quality and weight – a raised surface or flock adds texture and dimension. Avoid overly bright gift wrap (unless it’s a solid color) or overly patterned gift wrap that will take over your table!

For more ideas, click on the christmas table setting tab (under tags) on the left-hand column.

For home decorating ideas, visit www.roomplanners.com.

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