Elegant Christmas Tablescapes for the Holidays
In some cultures, the holidays aren’t complete with a feast featuring tasty dishes for family and friends. And what better way to set the festive mood than with timely music and elegant Christmas tablescapes that are eye-catching and stimulating to the senses?
If you’re hosting or planning a safe Christmas banquet this year, take your feast to the next level with table settings that are definitely on theme. Check out these tips on how to create stunning Christmas tablescapes that’ll gain “oohs” and “aahs,” and help you celebrate the holidays in style!
How to Level Up Ordinary Christmas Tablescapes
The possibilities are actually quite endless when it comes to creating tablescapes for your holiday feast, which is why it can feel overwhelming if you’re starting out. Planning definitely helps, and here are some decorating tips you can consider:
1. Consider the size of your table.
More than anything, you need to be aware of what you’re working with, and possibly, how much food will be on the table. Try to first measure the table you have, and see how much of it can be decorated. This way, you’ll know how much space you’ll be allotting for decor and food, and lessen potential headaches caused by cluttered and disorganized tables.
2. Clean your china or silverware.
Whether you’re bringing out your finest china or silverware or sticking with what you have, make sure they’re thoroughly cleaned and shiny. This applies to plates, plate chargers, glasses, cutlery, napkins, and even napkin rings. Zeroing in on these details can make your tablescapes look better, and show people that you’ve made an effort.
3. Choose your colors.
Colors like red and green are almost always present in any Christmas tablescape. You can start by using any of these colors on your plates, plants, or other decor, together with a neutral color like white.
However, if you want that classy touch to your tablescapes, go for a color pairing like red and gold. You can also go the metallic route, and mix it up with one or two classic colors. If you’re a bit more daring, jewel tones like purple and teal can be good choices since it can feel very “winter-esque” without going overboard.
Overall, when choosing a color scheme for your tablescape, the key is to pick a palette and stick to it. This way, the resulting tablescape looks cohesive and not cluttered.
4. Let there be light.
Candlesticks can cast a warm glow over your dining table (and even your room). Use them to decorate your mantle or table for a heartwarming feast. You can also opt for typical candles in glass jars that come in holiday-themed scents to set the mood.
Another way to bring in some “light” to your tablescapes would be through the use of fairy lights or string lights as your centerpiece. Make sure to carefully line them up on your dining table (away from the food as much as possible) and turn on when needed for a whimsical finish.
No matter which type of light source you use though, make sure to take necessary safety precautions when lighting them to prevent unwanted accidents.
5. Take inspiration from nature.
Bringing in some elements from nature can bring your tablescape to life. If you’re able to source pine cones or decorative plants, incorporate them into your table setting. Use rattan or wooden accessories to tie the nature-inspired concept too, and feel free to add a pop of color courtesy of red decor for extra “oomph.”
You can also adorn your tablescape with fresh flowers that are available in your area. If you want to keep in line with the whole winter theme, white flowers can make your tablescape look more stunning.
6. Work with wreaths.
Most people think wreaths are meant to be hung on doors and walls, but did you know that you can incorporate them into a tablescape too? For instance, if you have a wreath that fits just right in your dining table, you can “wrap” it around a candle or two – and now you have a centerpiece. You can also use miniature wreaths as a cute and fun decor for your tablescape.
If you have a garland made out of the same material as your wreath, why not use it as a runner for your tablescapes? It adds a nice touch of green to the table and adds up to the holiday vibes.
7. Use what you already have.
You don’t necessarily have to spend on new items to make your tablescape look more elegant. In fact, a quick search of the items you already have may be just what you need. For instance, if you have unused plaid blankets, you can utilize them as tablecloths, and then add garlands, plants, or other decor to make the table more Christmas-y.
Salt and pepper shakers can serve as tabletop decor too. You can insert mini figurines of reindeers, trees, or other holiday-themed items into these shakers, and line them up on your table.
For more Christmas tablescape ideas and other decoration tips, visit the Empire Designs website today, or give us a call. Let us help you make your Christmas festivities brighter and more memorable!