Give your holiday table some personality by mixing and matching styles, colors and patterns. Start with the basics then add your personal touch with layering. Start with the things you already own then add something new to create very special memories for your holiday celebrations. Here are a few ideas and tips to get you started.
Mix it up. Mix and match vintage and new with handmade and craft projects from the kids. Think outside-of-the-box. Start with a basic table cloth and then add personal style by layering coordinating colors, textures and patterns. Remember patterns do not have to match. Now is the time to use those sparkly festive napkin rings you have tucked away for that special occasion.
Add a festive centerpiece. Add greenery or a small flower arrangement in the middle of the table for a more traditional look. Include some beautiful candles or small votives to add wonderful warm candlelight to the table. Remember to avoid scented candles so they don’t interfere with the main course. And, use a low centerpiece to make dinner conversation easy for everyone.
Before guests arrive. Salad and bread can be put on the table before guests arrive. Fill water glasses ahead of time but wait until everyone is seated before pouring other beverages. Choose music that compliments the experience you are creating for your guests and keep the volume low.
Don’t confuse your guest. Only set out utensils needed during the meal. Put forks to the left, knives and spoons to the right. Bread plate goes to the left of the dinner plate glasses go to the right of the dinner plate. Pass all food around the table counter clockwise and keep the salt and pepper shakers together, even if you are only asked for one.
Make place cards. Love is in the details. Always make place cards for your family and friends. A small picture frame with their picture in it or a small stocking personalized with their initial, goes a long way to make an ordinary occasion an extraordinary one.
Add a present. Welcome your guests to the dinner table with a special gift. Create a simple accent that your guests can take home as a keepsake. Little things like holiday ornaments, fancy chocolates or homemade treats add a nice personal touch. Wrap them in festive paper, small boxes with ribbon, or shiny organza bags and place them on each person’s dinner plate.
Don’t stress. A stressed out host is no fun! Choose colors and textures that make you feel happy and festive. Your guest will pick up on your mood. Setting a beautiful holiday table does not have to cost you a fortune. Just spend a little time playing with fabrics, colors and patterns. If it makes you smile and feel good chances are your guest will feel the same. Decorating for the holidays should be fun so don’t stress and it will be successful.