The festive season is almost here and, with this year being a little different, many of us are looking for ways to make this Christmas a special one. Though it’s likely to look and feel like no Christmas has before, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve to help you bring some festive joy and cheer to your Christmas dining table – and with the help of your own special memories. Read on for our 5 top tips for putting your own stamp on this year’s festivities.
1. Hang Festive Photo Prints
Make the most of the decorations already on display and add a personal touch with some of your favourite memories from throughout the year. Whether it was a country walk, a family staycation or something as simple as a cosy night in front of the TV with your loved ones, gather your special snaps and print them ready to showcase in your home. Take some small pegs, string or blu-tack and fasten them to your decorations, then get ready to reminisce with your favourite people!
Can’t find the right spot? Don’t fear! Slip a Photo Print or two into a folded napkin or onto a side plate for an easy way to make your loved ones smile before they tuck into their Christmas dinner.
2. Personalise Your Drink Coasters
The first step to a successful Christmas Day? A tasty drink! Whether it’s a classic festive eggnog or something a little softer, give your Christmas tipple a place to rest on a personalised Photo Coaster. You could add a photo of each person around the table, giving them each a little keepsake for after the meal, or simply choose your favourite seasonal snap to give a Christmassy feel to your table décor.
A word of warning – we can’t blame you if you want to keep picking up your drink to marvel at the coaster beneath, so make sure supplies of your beverage of choice are aplenty!
3. Make a Menu to Remember
If your meal is set to be a luxurious affair, our customised Menu Cards are your fast-track to an elegant and refined feast. Choose from our card options and either create a menu for each guest that details the delicacies you’re serving à la Masterchef, or send them to your guests ahead of time and they’ll double up as invitations to your Christmas dinner.
Customise the outside of your card with a Christmassy design to invite your guests and then reveal inside what they’ll be dining on – you could even add tick boxes or blank spaces for them to add their own preferences.
With each menu fully customisable, you can tailor them to everyone around your table. Why not add a silly selfie, a classic Christmas joke or a funny forfeit to bring even more joy to the occasion?
4. Create Unique Place Mats
Much like our coasters, our personalised Place Mats are another fun way to introduce your own style to the Christmas Day festivities. Hard-wearing and durable, you’ll get plenty of use out of them long after the Christmas spirit has dwindled. Plus, our Photo Place Mats come in a set of 6, perfect for kitting out your Christmas gathering!
When choosing images for your Place Mats, opt for a fun family photo to trigger nostalgic conversations around the table on Christmas Day. You could also pick a festive scene that matches your Christmas interiors for an addition to your decorations that you can reuse each year. Don’t forget, our online editor allows you to add text and Clipart to your creation, meaning you could even personalise each mat with the recipient’s name.
5. Design Personalised Place Cards
The traditional way to adorn a Christmas table, Place Cards are a firm favourite for good reason. Just like our Menu Cards, you can customise every part of our place cards, giving you the freedom to add text, pictures and Clipart to create the perfect design for each person. Our Creator Software is full of pre-made templates for you to use, so you can easily match them to your menus with just a few clicks. Plus, they make lovely items to keep hold of afterwards, too.
Showcase Your Festive Feast
Which of our ideas will you be trying out this year? As always, we love to see your creations – don’t forget to snap a picture on the big day and share with us via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! We’ll repost a selection of our favourites. From the whole CEWE UK team, we’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas!