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Hosting a holiday brunch, lunch, or dinner party can be intimidating- whether it’s just a few friends or a family affair! Planning the menu and making sure the bar is stocked is half the battle, the only thing missing is the perfect holiday table. To make your season entertaining plans a little less stressful, I wanted to share some of my favorite tips when it comes to creating a festive tablescape. Trust me, you’ll be the hostess with the mostest this season!
Pick a color scheme/vibe- Before you start shopping for decor, figure out what color scheme and vibe you want to create. For example: try mixing metallics with cream or for a more traditional feel, pick either red OR green with added pops of gold/silver. I suggest picking red or green and then using different tones. I also recommend looking on Pinterest so you can pinpoint your vision, do you want a more rustic feel? Traditional? Modern? Or even scandinavian? There are so many ideas out there and once you find a style you want to recreate, that’s half the work!
Start from the bottom and work your way up- Start with the tablecloth/table runner! When shopping for the perfect tablecloth/runner look for one that speaks to your color/style direction. You want it to encompass the overall theme that you are going for. Also, you can easily skip this step and have your table top serve as your base for the tablescape. A runner down the center of the table is perfect for adding pattern, texture and color- not to mention they look great on round, square and rectangular tables.
Mix and match- Everything does NOT have to match, remember that! Consider a patterned runner, with plaid/holiday themed napkins. You can use various textures, patterns and metallics throughout, don’t be scared! With that being said, have fun with glassware and flatware. Try mixing different glasses and plates together, no need to try and be “matchy matchy” mix patterns!
The centerpiece- One of my biggest tips when it comes to the centerpiece is to work from the largest elements to the smallest. This will help with balance and to make sure everything fits! Another great tip is to arrange your centerpiece decor in odd numbers, think threes or fives. Group items in differing heights to add visual interest. Wreaths, tabletop trees, candles, ornaments, holiday lights, snowglobes, and even pinecones make for great table additions.
Add a table gift- If you really want to go all out, think about adding a little takeaway gift to each place setting that doubles as decor. A cute little ornament, DIY hot cocoa kit, or personalized note can make your table feel extra special!
Creating and designing the perfect tablescape is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. If you follow these tips, your guests will be begging to be put on the guest list for years to come!