Holiday Table Design

MERRY NOT MATCHY:

Forget the old school idea that every dish has to match. Instead, try mixing your traditional china with something vintage you’ve found at a thrift store or flea market for a touch of whimsy.

Set the scene with neutral tablecloths and runners to help ground a varied color scheme, and then add texture with centerpieces, glassware, and flatware. Or, skip the linens altogether for a modern and minimalist approach that celebrates the simplistic beauty of your wood table.

CREATE THE CENTERPIECE:

For us, a vibrant centerpiece helps bring the table to life—and lets you put your personality on display. Create a varied, lush arrangement with local vegetation set on a simple table runner. Build out your centerpieces with fresh cut branches that will look at home for Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukah, and even New Year’s. Then, mix in some multi-height candle holders to add warmth and richness to the table.

HINT OF COLOR:

When it came time to finalize our color scheme, we knew we wanted something that would complement the natural wood table and let the greenery speak for itself. Aged brass and black cast iron created a gentle contrast without overpowering the table. For a little personality that would stand out, we adorned the brass candle holders with soft white and sage green taper candles from Meadowbrook, and added some woven, sage green napkins—they were the perfect finishing touch!

SEATING ARRANGEMENTS:

Finally, avoid any confusion, hesitancy, or even drama by creating a seating arrangement for guests. Simple, handwritten place cards add a sentimental detail while also helping to ease introductions between guests. Add a sprig of rosemary or a few pomegranates to fold in another natural element to the decor.

Considering the amount of time so many of us spend at the dinner table during the holidays, transforming it with simple pieces and thoughtful design details creates an effect you’ll find well worth the effort. No matter the direction you take your decor, hopefully these easy-to-execute tablescape ideas will inspire your decorating the next time it’s your turn to host!

As we start to reset our homes from the festivities of Thanksgiving and deck the halls for Christmas, we thought it might be helpful to share some of our best tips and tricks for creating a holiday table that sets the scene for any celebration.

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