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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.