Setting a Festive Holiday Table

No matter which holiday you celebrate in the month of December, you are likely to gather with family and friends in your home.   Setting a festive table can create a warm and inviting atmosphere where your guests can enjoy good company and delicious food.  Here are some tips to help you create a beautiful and memorable holiday table setting:

Choose a theme

Decide on a theme for your table setting. It could be traditional, rustic, modern, or anything that suits the occasion.   You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a centerpiece this time of year…look to nature for inspiration.  Pine boughs, holly, berries and evergreens make a great base to begin your table decoration.

Select a Color Scheme

Choose a color palette that complements the holiday season. Common choices include red, green, gold, and silver, but feel free to get creative with your color combinations and have some fun!

Linens and Tablecloth

Start with a clean and well-pressed tablecloth in a color that matches your theme. Add coordinating napkins and table runners for an extra layer of visual interest.

Elegant Dinnerware and Glassware

Use your best dinnerware and glassware to create an upscale look. If you have special holiday-themed dishes, now is the time to bring them out.

Layered Place Settings

Layering adds depth and dimension to your table. Place chargers or placemats underneath each dinner plate. Add salad plates, soup bowls, and dessert plates if necessary.

Elegant Dinnerware and Glassware

Use your best dinnerware and glassware to create an upscale look. If you have special holiday-themed dishes, now is the time to bring them out.

Festive Centerpiece

Create a stunning centerpiece that serves as a focal point for the table. This could be a floral arrangement, a candle centerpiece, or a combination of both.

Candles and Lighting

Add candles or fairy lights to create a cozy and festive ambiance. Consider using candle holders, lanterns, or candelabras for an elegant touch.

Personalized Place Cards

Use place cards to assign seats and add a personal touch. You can get creative with these, using holiday-themed designs or incorporating small ornaments.

Holiday Music and Scents

Set the mood with holiday music in the background. Consider using scented candles or diffusers with seasonal fragrances like cinnamon, pine, or gingerbread.

Attention to Detail

Pay attention to the small details, like folded napkins, ribbon ties, or small ornaments scattered on the table. These finishing touches can make a big difference.

Guest Favors

Consider placing small favors at each guest's setting. These could be holiday-themed treats, ornaments, or small gift bags.

The more you can do ahead of time, the more you will enjoy your guests!  Remember to have fun!  Happy Holidays!

Post a Comment