Setting a Holiday Table

All things bright and beautiful. The variations are endless when dressing a table for the holidays, but it is important to highlight your family’s personality. Here are some of our tips for creating a stylish table with simplicity and ease.
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  • tablecloth
  • runner
  • chargers
  • dinner plates
  • salad plates
  • bread and butter plates
  • serving utensils
  • wine glasses
  • napkins- make sure they are pressed
  • napkin rings
  • water goblets
  • candles and candleholders
  • fresh greens
  • fruit or seasonal vegetables
  • salt and pepper shakers
  • nibbles - include candies, nuts or olives for guests to snack on between courses


PICK A COLOR SCHEME AND A THEME | Decide on your elements at least a week before your event and place all the items on your table. Include all serving pieces and cutlery. Mixing and matching are hot trends right now. Use the pieces that work the best, and then add accents within your theme mixing and matching colors.

USE WHAT YOU HAVE | Dress up items you already have in the house. Open your buffet or cupboards. Pull out glass dishes, bowls and wine glasses. Use wine glasses as tea light holders, glass bowls as vases or risers and vases as candle holders. Glass makes a table dance with light.

FRESH IS BEST | Fresh berries, branches, pine cones and garland immediately lend a festive touch. Wander outside and pick up some of what nature provides naturally, or drop by your local florist or garden center for fresh greens and seasonal flowers.

SOFT AMBIENT LIGHT | Candles, dimmed lights, or even holiday mini-lights are a quick way to add atmosphere to your table. Look for battery operated candles with a minimum of 5 hour timers.

DON’T FORGET THE MUSIC | Create a holiday playlist with your favorite tunes. Feeling overwhelmed picking songs, Pandora can provide an appropriate playlist - just opt for the ad-free version for continual songs.

SPREAD THE SPIRIT THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE | Add a bit of holiday décor to the foyér, bedrooms and bathrooms.

PREPARE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AHEAD OF TIME | Determine your theme ahead of time, order your flowers in advance, and set your table a day or two early so that you aren’t stressed out the day of your event.


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