Creating a seasonal tablescape is not only fun it makes for a holiday dinner that is much more special. And....if you set up your table when you put up your tree, it will give you enjoyment all season long.
There is an endless variety of things you can do so I thought I would share with you some of the ideas I share with my Fairfield and Westchester clients. Whatever you come up with, it is sure to make a statement, and be one that you and your guests will notice and appreciate.
Start with linens
Linens set the stage so this is the time to decide on your theme and color scheme. Whatever you choose it should compliment your centerpiece design. If your table cloth has a busy holiday pattern it's best to keep the centerpiece simple so they do not compete with one another.
Using linens in non traditional ways will create an artful table. Don't feel you have to limit yourself to a table cloth or a runner length-wise. Feel free to layer linens over one another, run several runners down the width of your table or maybe just use placemats with a wide centerpiece composed of a living green base.
Add napkin holders
There are endless varieties of napkin rings from elegant to whimsical. You can also add seasonal greenery (my favorite), a flower, ornaments and even go back to your days of arts and crafts. This fun star made from popsicle sticks is so simple, yet it makes a festive splash. If you have younger children, something like this is a wonderful way to get them involved and will probably give them a sense of pride too.
Fill your vases
For a holiday look that is uniquely yours, start with a simple glass vase and get those creative juices flowing. Have FUN by filling them with holiday decor and common objects.
The vases pictured here are filled with red and white gum balls, sand, pine cones and dried peas.Other suggested fillers are limes, cranberries, white rocks, dreidels, small ornaments and metallic balls. What other ideas do you have?
I love to light up a table with candles. Traditional tapers are a winner as are non traditional candles of varying sizes in containers of different heights. I like to layer different heights and sizes when there is an especially long table.
You can also add sparkle to your table by purchasing holiday objects that have lights built right into them. This is also another opportunity to get creative. Consider uncommon objects like these glowing round balls randomly scattered over the table and fairy lights, which are trending for all seasons with good reason. Just add them to any object, of your choice, to take your decor to a whole new level of festivity.
Bring the outside in
By adding fresh flowers and seasonal greenery you will bring your tablescape to life. Not only is this cheerful and unique, it will appeal to your senses in a delightful way. Traditional bunches of flowers are beautiful and don't be afraid to get creative. Consider adding potted flowers and plants or placing them in terrariums and festive bowls. A beautiful bowl with paperwhites or amaryllis potted in pretty silver mercury pot can be terrific!
Decorate your chairs
Decorating your Dining chairs is a special way to add festivity to your table and as an added bonus it takes up no extra space. To keep your look cohesive, match your design to the table centerpiece.
Start by adding a ribbon. There are so many options in terms of material, color and width. You can keep it simple by just making a bow or more dramatic by adding seasonal elements.
Go for a rustic look with burlap and pine cones, keep it natural by adding greenery like mistletoe and rosemary or glitzy with shiny ribbon and ornaments. And remember that wreaths aren't for just doors anymore. They look great on chairs too!
I hope this has provided you with some inspiration to create a festive tablescape that will give you personal pleasure and will wow your family and guests. I'd love to see what you have done. Post your pic on Facebook and Instagram and tag me so I can see. Of course, you can always ask me any questions and if you want to get on my schedule to help you decorate your table and home for the holidays, now is the time to do it!