Table Setting Tips/Tricks For The Holidays
The holidays are fast approaching, and if you’re like us, you want to add that wow factor when everyone sits down together. We decided to ask our stylist, Alethea, for some tips/tricks as to how to set the table for the upcoming holidays.
What are some ways to make your home more inviting for the holidays?
Textures! Using a variety of warm tones and textures can make your home cozy and inviting. For this particular setup, we decided to add throws/pillows to some of the chairs for comfort. Using natural elements such as pumpkins, wheat, and botanicals can also provide great accents to the table. Candles were added to the layout to add some warmth to the environment and can bring something to all senses.
Why different seating?
It’s good to pull in mixed seating to accommodate all guests for the holidays. So mix it up to add interest to the table. (Side Note: Benches are great to fit more people + kids)
Okay, the napkin selection is pretty hilarious. What’s the deal?
Personalizing your table setting with place cards or dishtowels with flatware pockets can add some personality to the table or can even be great conversation pieces. In this case, we were setting the table with the intention of letting the guests take home the towel as a parting- a thank you to them for dining with us.
How do you go about creating the centerpiece for the table?
Using a variety of heights and materials creates a “lived in” inviting space. We decided to use natural accents, such a gourds, pumpkins, and wood placemats. Cement apples/pears were used on top of napkin holders, and then we layered botanicals across the length of the table to put it all together.
Go big or go small?
Whether you're having a quaint friends-giving or inviting every single family member for dinner, you have to decide whether you are going to go big or go small. Grand table settings can be a great conversation piece for the holidays. However, if you are looking for a more simplistic version, scale back on the centerpieces and let the food be the focus!
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