Setting the Perfect Holiday Table: 10 Essential Items
Whether you’re hosting a formal party or just a casual gathering of friends during the holidays, it’s the perfect time of year to put your creativity to use when decorating your dining room table. There are numerous ways to add festive cheer to your table, but with these ten essential items you’re sure to set the perfect holiday table!
Dining Room Table
This could probably be the single most important piece to the holiday dinner puzzle. Finding the right table that will fit all your friends and family is essential. If you’ve got just the right table, such as a glass top dining table, you might not even have to choose a table cloth! There are many options available for just the right dining room table. Take into consideration the number of guests you’ll have at your holiday gathering, as well as practical users for the table after the holidays. Inserts that lengthen a table might be appropriate for special occasions such as this.
One of the most eye-catching elements of any holiday table is the centerpiece. This is the perfect opportunity to make your table unique. Take something ordinary such as flowers, candles and greenery, and put your own spin on it by adding Christmas ornaments. You could do something very different like have beautifully fresh and colorful veggies in a display for your centerpiece, or you could even get the kids involved and make a centerpiece of handmade holiday crafts. All of these ideas will make for a memorable display!
Place settings can really add the perfect finishing touch to your holiday table. This could be an opportunity to get creative with some extra greenery, play with nontraditional colors, utilize unique shaped bowls, vary stemware, or stack delicate china. The variations are endless with place settings. Try out a few options, don’t be afraid to be bold, and make that final decision on the perfect place setting that expresses your inner creativity.
No holiday table is complete without a bit of greenery. It’s important, however, to choose greenery whose fragrance won’t interfere with the food you serve at your gathering. Try using magnolia leaves in centerpieces, mix rosemary in with a holiday wreath, sprigs of evergreen and holly, pine cones and leaves, or using ivy on your holiday table. Even fresh fruit like apples add a bit of color to the table. Experiment with a few different options to mix it up.
Gone are the days of plastic table cloths, and drab napkins. Choose from a variety of styles, textures, and colors to add spice to your table this holiday season. Feeling a bit crafty? Make your own table linens out of cloth, and fold them into interesting shapes or add ribbon and greenery to spruce up plain white linens. Use nontraditional items as napkin rings, such as ornaments or even whimsical paper designs. Handy with a sewing machine? Embroider each napkin with your guest’s names, and allow each guest to take them home. There are many options when it comes to linens; the hard part is just finding the right one to fit the aesthetic of your tables design.
Proper ambiance is imperative for your holiday gathering, and what can be better to set the mood than candles? Unscented candles are available in a variety of colors, and adding a touch of greenery, wrapping them with ribbons, or placing in festive candle holders gives your table that unique touch. Vary the height of the candles on your table to add visual appeal, or try using floating votives.
A lot of people miss an opportunity to enhance their holiday table forgetting to decorate the chairs. You can enhance your chairs by wrapping luxurious, elegant ribbon around the chair back and tying a fancy bow. If your holiday table theme is more casual, opt for fun chair cushions which you can buy or make your own.
Just about everyone’s had to sit at the kid’s table at some point or another. Don’t think just because they are kids they won’t appreciate your decorating. Decorate the table with fun, whimsical designs and integrate the color scheme with the final decisions you make on the main table. You could even give them crafts to do for their own table like making ornaments, their own place tags, or their centerpiece could be something they created!
If you’re the organized type, you’ll likely have a seating chart figured out for your holiday gathering. Instead of traditional place cards to show your guests where to sit, why not try something new? Trim your Christmas tree and fit place cards in between twigs, or wrap a seasonal fruit with linen and add a custom name tag. Test the limits of your imagination!
Give your table that extra touch of creativity with interesting holiday themed serving dishes such as gravy boats, or even salt and pepper shakers. Don’t opt for the traditional; be on the lookout for unique pieces such as these unusual designs that will also act as conversation starters.
There are so many elements that go into setting the perfect table, but with these 10 elements you’re sure to have as table that your guests will enjoy this holiday season.