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Entertaining 101: Holiday Table Decor

BY MARTIN AMADO ON DECEMBER 1ST, 2017

Table fully decorated

The holidays are a perfect time for gathering at home and a beautiful table setting can complement a delicious meal as we celebrate the joy of the season with family and friends.  Here are some entertaining tips that will make you the perfect host/hostess for any occasion.

Be inspired by the traditional colors of the holiday you celebrate – from blue and silver to red, gold and green - and use them as your inspiration to create a festive tablescape.  The centerpiece will have the most impact as the focal point and can be done with different decorative items in varying heights such as whimsical creatures, candleholders, and ornaments for all guests to appreciate along the length of the table.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match your dinnerware to add layers to your table and use decorative chargers to define each place setting. They are relatively inexpensive and can transform the look of even a simple, white dinner plate.  Small details like place cards are also a nice touch to designate the seating for your guests. Insert the name card into a napkin ring or use a small pinecone as a holder for a whimsical touch.

 

New Year's Eve

To ring in the New Year, a metallic color scheme of bronze, gold and silver will add elegance and sparkle on your table.  As plate chargers, add style for less by using beveled mirror tiles from a home improvement store! No one will ever know they weren’t meant for this purpose, trust me.

Create a custom centerpiece by using a door wreath or decorative tray as a base to group a collection of candles, beaded trees and candles, once again in different heights to add more visual interest on the table.  Give plain candles a high-end makeover with little materials such as masking tape, white school glue and glitter color of your choice. Begin by masking off the areas you don’t want glittered, apply glue with a small foam brush and then add the glitter on the surface. It looks expensive at a fraction of the cost.  This is one table setting where I definitely wouldn’t recommend using paper plates and napkins if you can avoid it.

Be ready to celebrate the holidays and welcome a new year in style with these table setting ideas that will make a lasting impression on your guests.