6 Secrets for Show Stopping Holiday Place Settings
Sharing a special meal with family and friends is a holiday season highlight. Whether you’re hosting a casual family dinner or planning an upscale party, an elegant and striking tablescape will enhance the occasion.
Party planning can be stressful, but decorating your table does not have to be! A few small additions, like beaded tassels or a colorful table runner, can instantly update your existing china and linens for a vibrant setting befitting your festive gathering.
Make every meal special this holiday season – get inspired by our favorite holiday table setting secrets:
#1: Get colorful. Set a stylish table by picking a colorful table runner in a deep burgundy or chocolate. These rich shades are the perfect backdrop for gold candlesticks, hurricane glasses filled with silver mercury ornaments, or evergreen clippings and holly berries. Break away from traditional green and red color schemes by trying jewel tones, metallic turquoise and silver, champagne and gold, or other vibrant combinations.
#2: Do double duty. Invest in bold centerpieces that will last through the holiday season. For example, an evergreen centerpiece can go from a relaxed family gathering to an upscale dinner party by swapping out table linens, dishes and glassware. Add beaded tassels and gold accessories to complete the look. Nothing says elegance and glamour like gold!
#3: Be inspired by your dishware. Leave the basic white plates on the kitchen shelf and instead express your style with colorful patterned china. Choose a contrasting color for the napkins, centerpieces and the table runner to create a cohesive design. A few simple variations on the same color are an easy way to pull together an entire table.
#4: Add a little bling. Even a rustic centerpiece, like pinecones and evergreens, can benefit from a little bling! Beaded tassels are an easy way to add sparkle to your holiday table settings and reflect the season’s magic. Dust pinecones or branches with a gold powder for a subtle holiday glow. LED tea lights add romance without the fire hazard – and your tablescape will sparkle in the soft candlelight.
#5: Be bold. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and textures. For an eye-catching place setting, rest a brightly colored napkin between stacked dinner and salad plates. The vibrant colors will draw out the patterns in your china. In this photo, the napkin and beaded tassels bring out the purple and gold shades in the beautiful paisley print. Paired with a bold tablecloth, it makes a stunning design statement.
#6: Add a personal touch. Small details welcome friends into your home and bring a personal touch to your table. Surprise guests with small treats that act as both placeholders and favors. Tuck a sprig of holly inside the napkin ring. Or use holiday stamps to mark gold cardstock for an instant (and sparkling) place card solution.
Tell us – what’s your go-to secret for easy holiday table decorating?