It’s time to start thinking about setting the table for the holidays. For some, this can be exciting, but for others it can be a real challenge. After searching your favorite home decor magazines and seasonal publications your head may be spinning with thoughts and ideas of how you would like your perfect holiday table to look. The only question is, “how do you make it happen and where do you begin?”
Every year stores are filled with magazines featuring the most beautiful holiday decor and creative tablescapes. Can you implement all of the featured ideas at your table? Probably not. You need to ask yourself a few questions first.
- Do you want to buy all new décor items this year or do you want to try and incorporate some old items you already have in your home with some new?
- What items do you already have that you want to include in your tablescape this year?
- Can you create a new look by using things you already have?
Every year I look forward to planning my holiday tablescapes even if I’m not serving dinner at my home. Family, friends and clients also come to me for advice on how to create their tablecapes for different types of parties, wondering how to make it all look fresh, creative and new. These are a few of the easy tips I share:
- Keep in mind your style and decor.
- Coordinate your decor with the colors in your home.
- Use colors that you love when decorating. If you hate red, don’t use it!
- Always consider the style and the color of your dishes.
- If you’re purchasing new dishes you might consider an all white pattern so you can live with it for a very long time and easily change your tablescapes from season to season.
- Everything should flow through out the room and house.
- Use compotes, cake plates and antique bowls to add interest.
- Remember to keep table decor low and simple if dining at the table so it won’t interfere with conversation.
- Keep it simple but elegant.
- Remember to leave room for the food your serving.
- Find a good florist that knows your style, if your not comfortable making your own arrangements.
- Use quality silk florals or items that can easily transition for different holidays.
- Plan in advance.
Most importantly… enjoy yourself and have fun!