We all know the dining table can serve as the center of holiday entertaining in your home. Relax… it isn’t just you that gravitates towards the location of the food at every holiday party. In fact, I believe it’s more than that. The dining table is where so many of our favorite memories are made… and it just so happens food is involved. So here are some tips to make your holiday table one for the books!
I like to start with my dishes. You’ll never go wrong with a solid white plate, but don’t be afraid to get a little creative. Mix and match styles, colors and patterns for a collected look. This is also a great trick if you have more guests than you do plates. Layer your dishes depending on the style of dinner you are serving. More casual? A salad plate and/or a charger will do just fine. Add in your flatware, glasses, and napkins… more of the essentials.
Pay attention to the details. Incorporate different textures for interest and warmth. One of my favorite table setting “go-tos” is greenery. It is full, beautiful and will bring your table to life. It can serve as a centerpiece, run the length of your table, or can be an addition to a carefully crafted nametag bringing another level of personalization to the party. Speaking of which, I love using name cards. This is the place to add a touch of whimsy or an accent of color. Plus, everyone loves to see their name waiting for them at the dinner table.
And finally, top it off with candle light. For an atmosphere that will melt anyone’s heart, add the flickering of small flames down the length of your table top. You’ll have your guests asking to come back every year.
[photos from Smitten Studio, Kelly Wearstler, Style Me Pretty, This is Glamorous, and Elizabeth Anne Designs]
So what’s left to prepare besides shopping lists and party details? A holiday playlist, of course! Whether you need to add that final layer to an upcoming party or just want to curl up next to the fireplace and relax, the perfect tunes always add that special ambiance we love around this time of year. Here’s what we are listening to this season:
[photos from Pinterest and Emily Steffen]