Designing and decorating a holiday table should be fun and allow you to create beautiful memories each year. I feel that some people find the process draining and stressful but there is no need for that, with some simple planning and bringing your ideas together anyone can create a beautiful table to make memories at over the holidays.
This year I chose to focus around bush tones and keeping things soft and romantic. I created two table settings with this theme in mind and really hope you love them as much as I do, and I hope some of my tips can help you when planning a holiday table.
Tip #1 Pick a colour scheme that makes you happy
As you see in these photos I chose blush, soft greens, white and sublet pops of burgundy this year. For many years my family chose reds and golds, pulling warm rich colours. Personally I love a lighter brighter colour scheme as the base and add in a rich pop of colour. When picking what colours you’d like to work with think about what makes you happy, you could consider what would complement the style of your home or dinking room, or even work with the style of our Christmas tree! Don’t worry about what you don’t have when making a beautiful table, if you only have white plates, table cloths and silver tableware thats fine, set up the table and we can add colour in other ways if you want. I think what everyone forgets is that its not about buying all new table settings for one holiday, use what you have and if you want to pick up something new each year that you can use throughout the year then thats great!
Tip #2 Use greens from outside
One of my favourite parts about dressing a table is adding in live greens from outside. We have lots of trees at our house so I normally go for a walk around the yard grabbing any greens that have fallen or I will cute a few for the table. If you don’t have any evergreen trees in your yard take a drive around and I’m sure you’ll find some! I love adding these greens to the table, it feels like I have connected the outdoors and indoors for the season. I also have an obsession with eucalyptus, sadly I don’t grow that or have any outside this time of year, so I went to a local florist and bought a few bunches of eucalyptus and I loved using it all over my home and table.
Tip # 3 Layer layer layer
Over the years I have loved to layer decor down the length of the table, from greens, candles, fabric, whatever it is I love seeing how people layer their table. First you should layer have table runner or fabric you want to use on your table. Since I didn’t use any table fabrics I like to start by putting down a centre piece if you choose to use one, you don’t have to but we had a floral arrangement for one set up and we used a wreath and filled the middle with candles for the other. Next add in the greens your chose and layer them from the middle to the ends of the tables. Next I place in tall candle sticks along the table, I do try to be somewhat symmetrical when placing candles but you can do it however your want. Finally add any additional decor I used little trees in greens and clear/whites this year and I found all of it at the dollar store!
Tip# 4 Have fun with napkins
An easy way to play up your table and impress families and friends is to have fun with your napkins. I decided to purchase some new cloth napkins from amazon and I got amazing deals, see blush napkins here, burgundy napkins here, and white napkins here. Cloth napkins add another level of elegance to a table and are great to throw in the wash after and reuse them again and again. There are countless ways to fold napkins, we actually have a little book on fun ways to fold napkins, but youtube is my best friend, search napkin folding and you will see tons of beautiful ways to fold a napkin. On my table I did one napkin under the charger plate that hangs down, and a second napkin on the plate knotted into a bow. It might seem silly to use two napkins on a table but I love the look of it and feel that it’s totally fine.
Tip#5 Have fun with it!
Make your table however you like, you don’t have to follow my advise just be creative, have fun, and make something special. Its not able creating a perfect table its about making something that you feel proud of and will enjoy eating at with family and friends.