Tips for Setting Your Christmas Table
Merry Christmas everyone! Today I wanted to share a few little designer Tips for Setting Your Christmas Table, to make your life easier this season.
I am sharing a few of my easy go to Tips for Setting Your Christmas Table, today. Hopefully these will make setting your table super easy in a pinch, since we all find ourselves busy around this time of the year.
1. Make It Inviting
Nothing says ick more than a cold sterile environment for the holidays. If that is what people wanted, they would go to a hotel for the holidays. Honestly, the one thing I always hear is how inviting my home is, and how cozy everyone feels. They are not afraid to sit on the sofas, or pull up a chair in the dining room, and that is because it is a real home we live in; while it is clean and staged to be pretty at all times, it is still very livable, which is key. Add cozy throws or pillows to your chairs to make the space even more inviting.
2. Use the Good China
This is the time of year to use your good china. So many times, we are always saving the good china for that special occasion. I remember as a child that I always looked at my mother’s formal china in the cabinet and we never used it. Today I have it in my collection, along with my grandmothers since they have all passed on, which is a constant reminder to not put things off and use the good china. It is not that much more trouble to wash a few plates from a nice dinner, then use paper plates for the leftovers and snacks later.
3. Cloth Napkins Are King
In the same vein as my previous tip, use the good china, also use the cloth napkins too. Wash and iron them and use them. I have this beautiful vintage tulle set that I adore, and they make me happy to use them, heck even ironing them makes me happy, but I am a weirdo that likes ironing. I always feel like cloth napkins add a sense of elegance to any dinner, and I love to play with patterns as I have here. The mix of the holly berry plate and a vintage tulle napkin are unexpected but look pretty festive and cool together.
4. Keep Centerpieces Low
I am known for creating very large and in charge tablescapes, but I do try to keep the centerpieces low so that my guest can have an actual conversation at the table. No higher than 10-12″ is industry standard. Also don’t get stuck on that fact that they always have to be live flowers, I have done both and they can be beautiful either way. Sometimes I mix faux and real, to keep my guests guessing, which is fun. Especially when they reach out to touch them to see if they real or not. Keep in mind that faux will last all season for your entertaining.
5. Add Ambient Lighting
Adding in candles is such a great way to add ambient lighting to your tables, but keep in mind to use only unscented around food. This is actually a catering trick, in the business, you never use anything with a scent, this actually would apply to flowers as well. The reason is because the smell will overpower the food that you are eating and ruin the meal. So, keep this in mind, next time you light up your table.
6. Prior Proper Planning
I say this all the time about all my projects, but it so true and worth saying again. If you can take a moment to plan out what you want the table to look like, it really will save you a ton of time the day of setting. You can have the linens pre ironed, and silverware polished, which are all things that can sneak up on you if you are doing things at the last minute. Water spots on the goblets from the dishwasher is one that gets me every time. So just take a minute to really make sure that you know what you want to be using on your table.
7. Don’t Forget The Sideboard
If you are not doing a buffet style meal, then you may want to make sure that your sideboard is also decorated. This would be a great place for a large floral display or an advent calendar. One year I even did a set of Christmas Cookie Trees, you can see the details here. This year I have just added a magnolia and pinecone floral arrangement in this sweet little rustic sleigh. Hopefully these tips will save you a little time when you go to set your holiday table and dining room. Merry Christmas!
Want to see more of my Christmas Tablescapes? Here are some from Christmas’ Past:
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