Tips for Holiday Tablescaping

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Holidays are a great time for family and friends to gather around the table.  Whether this year’s entertaining will include a sit-down dinner, a buffet or simply a couple of card tables positioned around the house, give your inner fabulous-ness free reign with memorable, one-of-a-kind tablescapes.  Here are some of our favorite ideas for holiday entertaining:

Holiday tablescapingVia Hometalk

  • Pick a color scheme to set the tone and then look for ways to add contrast, texture and surprise.  For a simple and elegant look, stick with one color in varying shades.  Add a shot of sparkle to any color scheme with gold or silver accents--even a dusting of metallic powder brings on the bling.

 Tips for holiday tablescapingVia The White Buffalo Styling Company

  • Once you’ve picked your color scheme, shop your house for objects that reflect your theme. Include the unexpected: tree ring chargers, water-filled mason jars with cranberries and floating votives, foliage or a display of pinecones. Use what you have.

 Holiday centerpiecesVia Take Six

  • The tablecloth is just the beginning--think layers when adding fabrics to the table. Start with a pretty runner then lay some ribbon lengthwise down the runner and anchor the ribbon with a row of low vases or votive candles. Set each place with cloth placemats that complement your color scheme.

 Ideas for holiday tablescapingVia Homedit

  • Follow the rule of three: three objects grouped together are more interesting than two or four. Vary the heights as well, positioning a candlestick on a stack of books or a flower arrangement on a cake stand to create some eye-pleasing variety.

 TablescapingVia Design Dining and Diapers

  • Mix and match--formal with casual, traditional with modern, rustic with sophisticated--for a more interesting, personal table.

  Tips for Christmas tablescapingVia Ciao! Newport Beach

  • No napkin rings? No problem. Tie cloth napkins with pretty ribbon and tuck in a cinnamon stick and clippings from your Christmas tree, or insert a spray of berries.

 Winter tablescapesVia One Fab Day

  • Want to have some say in where people sit? Think beyond the traditional place card. How about putting adhesive chalkboard stickers on water goblets and writing your guests’ names? You could also use pine cones and spray painted leaves!

 Winter tablescaping ideasVia Beech Tree Photography

  • If you’re feeling extra generous, wrap small boxes of gourmet chocolates, a CD of your favorite holiday tunes or a single ornament in colors that complement your centerpiece, and put a gift at each guest’s place at the table.

 Winter centerpiecesVia Southern Living

  • Keep flower arrangement height low so people don’t have to talk around them. A row of identical glass vases running down the center of the table looks like a million bucks when filled with pretty flowers and foliage. For maximum impact at minimum cost, splurge on a few stems of expensive blossoms and fill in with less expensive blooms or some sprigs of greenery from your own back yard. 

 Christmas centerpiecesVia Thistle Wood Farms

  • Create an easy centerpiece with a plain pine wreath or a wreath made of Christmas tree clippings. Position a pillar candle in a hurricane holder in the center and fill the remaining space with fruits and vegetables. Dress up the arrangement with ribbon and sprigs of greenery spray painted gold. 

 Kids table ideasVia Rock-N-Roll Bride

  • Make a kids’ table that carries out the theme you’ve set for the big-folks’ table but instead of a cloth table cover, use a big sheet of plain newsprint paper and set the table with jars of crayons. Adults may even fight for a spot at this table.


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