The merriest time of the year is finally here! It's that magical, festive period between Thanksgiving and New Year where we're all grateful for our loved ones, and surrounded by friends and family. And with the Fall and Winter holidays quickly approaching, it can be challenging deciding on the right holiday table decor to host the perfect dinner party for your friends and families, as well as knowing the proper way to arrange your table settings.
There's no doubt that the holiday season is a magical time of year. The air is crisp, the lights are twinkling, and the spirit of giving is in the air. If you're hosting a holiday gathering this year, you'll want to make sure your table is looking its best. After all, the table is where your guests will be spending most of their time. A beautiful tablescape can really set the tone for your event and make it feel extra special.
So what exactly is a tablescape? A tablescape is simply a decorative arrangement on a table. It can include everything from plates and silverware to centerpieces and place cards. When it comes to Christmas tablescapes, the sky is the limit. You can go as simple or as elaborate as you like.
If you're interested in learning how to set a holiday table, look no further! Whether you plan on organizing a casual dinner or a formal cocktail party, setting the table and entertaining guests should always be fun and stress-free. For this reason, we have narrowed down a few creative ideas to point you in the right direction, so you can decorate your idyllic tablescape to make your holiday party one to remember.
DISCOVER A THEME FOR YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE
Before you get started on setting your table, picking a theme for your dinner party will help you narrow your search for your table decor and table settings, and set the perfect mood for the dining room. This can include implementing natural elements and autumnal hues, creating a minimalist look with earthy tones and statement modern pieces, or combining textures and various centerpieces to create a balanced and prominent look. If you're having a hard time choosing a theme for your table, combining ideas and styles from multiple themes can be a great way to add in all of your favorite pieces, while still achieving the organized and polished look you are aiming for.
Regardless of which look you pick this season, choosing your theme in advance will also help you determine if you'd prefer silver or gold table settings to compliment your decor, in addition to helping you find the best tablecloths and essential dining room items. Additionally, it can be best to determine what coordinates with your home’s current style to help dictate what to choose for your table. After all, you may want to keep these items in your home past the holidays.
USE DIFFERENT HEIGHTS ON YOUR TABLE DECOR
Centerpieces are an essential part of any event and can make all the difference in how your guests experience it. Adding centerpieces to your table are important as they can make or break the whole appearance of your tablescape, so you may want to assure that you add in a suitable amount of centerpieces without looking too overwhelming.
When deciding what kind works best for your table, don't forget that height plays a big role in arranging your ideal tablescape! Different heights will offer variety while also adding some much-needed depth. Accessories such as Timber Tall taper candles, the Loretta vases, and serving platters create dimension and depth, and can reside in your home after the holidays for year round usage. Another option to add to the design is floral arrangements! Try decorating with vibrant colored flowers to liven up the table and add a pleasant floral aroma.
INCLUDE A GIFT FOR YOUR GUESTS
Show your guests your love and appreciation by adding a table gift. If you really want to go all out, think about adding a little takeaway gift to each place setting that doubles as decor. A perfect way to incorporate this is by adding a versatile gift such as a candle. Candles can provide warmth to the table, as well as mood lighting, and serve as a superb gift for anyone to enjoy.
See below how the Crystal Candle , placed in the center of the dinner plate, seamlessly pulls together the style of the tablescape, adding a bit of texture and dimension. With a wonderful scent of White Tea and a beautiful neutral color, our Crystal candle will also add a touch of fresh aroma and can double as a beautiful centerpiece for the dining table, a statement piece for your dining room, or a wonderful holiday gift for your guests.
PREPARE AND SET YOUR TABLE WITH THE ESSENTIALS
Begin by determining how many guests will be attending your dinner party so you can account for the appropriate amount of table settings and chairs for the dining table. Once this has been decided, choose the best tableware to accommodate all of your dinner needs. This includes a tablecloth, placemats, dinner plates, napkins, glassware and silverware.
Start by setting your table with a tablecloth and a placemat for each seat. Next, you’ll want to layer a few plates, one dinner plate and one salad plate, in the center of the placemat, a dinner and salad fork to the left of the plates, and a knife and spoon to the right of the plates, with the knife being the closest. Lastly, place your glasses to the side of the plates and a folded Fel linen napkin on the center of the top plate. If you're planning on hosting a formal party, feel free to add in place cards to each plate to create a structured arrangement.
Give your place settings an understated but rich vibe with monochromatic linen napkins in luxe materials and colors. A uniform foundation can be a bit one-dimensional, so experiment by adding different textures for various feels! A solid color does give you some flexibility when deciding on how glamorous or earthy and modern minimalistic you may want the look to go.
If you're looking to add a touch of elegance to your table, try our Oro Nero Silverware Set and Roma Martini Glasses, as seen below. With the unique, textured glass and gold rim of the martini glasses and the rich, lux boldness of the gold silverware, these items compliment the neutrality of the tablecloths and placements, but can also work if you are deciding to use color in your tablescape.
ADD THE FINAL TOUCHES AND DETAILS TO YOUR TABLE
Now that you’ve added your table setting essentials and have coordinated a theme, create your dream holiday table by adding the final touches and details to top everything off. Using various centerpieces, such as candleholders or vases, will enhance the appearance of your table and add the right amount of balance. Mix and match candles and candleholders with different heights, textures, and color schemes to add depth and dimension to your tablescape. This will create an eye-catching moment for you and your guests to enjoy.
As an example, see below how the Descanso Marble Taper Holders, Louvre Taper Candle Holder, and Rocco Candle Holders Set produce a balanced and tasteful look. Each pair nicely with fall and winter tablescape decor, and can be used in your home after the holiday season.
Once you have set your main centerpiece, add in your favorite candles and a mix of greenery, such as twigs, flowers and plants, to add in some warmth and natural light, and to set the mood in the dining room. Implementing flowers and plants, can also be a great way to add some subtle color, especially if you're looking to add a bit of green to your table, and equally adds a natural fragrance in the air. We recommend using a variety of eucalyptus vines, pine, roses and baby's breath, however use what you feel looks best with your decoration.
And just like that, you have set your dinner table!
From vases and candleholders to glassware and silverware, you can shop the pieces mentioned above on the Bellari Home website to add style and grace to your home this holiday, perfect for winter, fall and all year round!
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