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The center of holiday hosting is often the table and when it comes to décor, every detail counts. Whether you decide to go simple and relaxed or fancy and elegant, your tablescape sets the mood for your party and sparks conversations among family and friends. From beautiful linens and place settings to a mood-setting centerpiece and candles, every item on your table (however small) is an opportunity to make your guests feel special. But with so many decorating options one can easily be overwhelmed in knowing where to start, so we’ve compiled the essential elements. After all, the season of hosting is upon us and we want to help you nail down the decorative details. So read on, follow our tips and create a table that will be a feast for the eyes and a delight for all the senses.
The foundation of your holiday table begins with the textiles you choose. There are many ways to incorporate colors, patterns and textures—from your choice of runners and tablecloths to placemats and napkins—to set the scene for the rest of your tablescape. For instance, when using a neutral tablecloth, try adding a colorful napkin at each place setting for a bold contrast or opt for mismatched but coordinated patterns for a bit of whimsy. If you want to show off your table, forego a tablecloth in favor of a runner down the middle or across at each setting, creating the perfect base for chargers and plates.
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Hosting a large group but don’t have enough place settings? No problem! Mix and match dishes, glasses and flatware for a beautifully curated look. Juxtapose traditional china with more modern pieces for an eclectic vibe and use glassware in varying sizes and heights to add dimension. Not only will your table be truly unique but will also imbue a feeling of home for all of your guests.
No holiday table is complete without the festive flicker of candlelight. Natural glow adds instant warmth, creating an inviting, cozy feel. Nestle votives in the center of a round table or down the length of a rectangular table to bring in balanced light. You can also intersperse candlestick holders with tapers for height. When selecting your candles, be sure to use unscented so as not to compete with the appetizing aromas coming from the kitchen and don’t be afraid to try colorful tapers to enhance your table décor (so long as they compliment your palette).
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