-something sweet or salty
-place settings set up w/ crackers
For this table I took a couple elements and repeated them for each grouping of two with a central element in between. This same table would work well for a group of six. If I had eight guests I would double the centre grouping (berries and gnome) and add a few more candles.
The foliage: the clementines on the vine were too gorgeous to pass up at the grocery store, and the produce clerk was passing out samples and they were divine. Pefect for decor and eating! Can't find clementines or oranges on the vine - rest them on some flower leaves instead. I love roses at Christmas better than any other time of the year. A dozen roses cut short and divided evenly between two highball glasses with some filler is perfect for our little table. It also keeps the sight lines open for the little faces at our table. Some winter berries in the middle and a cyprus at the end. If our table wasn't against the wall I would take the cyprus away as it's fairly tall.
Tip: get your roses cut and in hot water asap - they will open up faster.
Tip: Think less, pairs are your friend. What I did on one side of the table I repeated on the other.
The whole point of the 20 minute table is for it to be fun, slightly festive. For a treat I added the old fashioned rock candy into little ramekins. I could just have easily put them in my tea light holders too. A small clear juice or highball glass, a small mason jar, any sort of container will be fun once it's filled with candy. Another option would be pistachios, candied nuts, or bits of chocolate bark.