I believe a little extra effort will pay off when it comes to your Holiday table, especially if you decorate your table right after Thanksgiving with your tree and leave it out until after New Year’s Eve.
Think color palette, texture and elements, not crafty. And, you can take this direction to the tree and mantle, too, for something different!
Not only will your lovely table balance your holiday decorating, it is also very practical and you can enjoy that impromptu dinner party for a change (or it may inspire you to invite people over!) Instead of eating in front of the TV with your love, use the 2 corner chairs at the table instead. Have a Holiday Girls’ Night In with little effort. Just bring the wine!
No sewing is necessary, I promise!!! It’s all about buying and placement. And, tape for frayed edges never hurts once in a while. Having floral wire on hand can’t hurt, either.
There are five basic elements to any Holiday table decor.
1. Color Palette
Pick only 3 main colors for balance (a design trade secret!) I love choosing a color palette every year that is different from the last. Here are some ideas:
Regal: Red, Gold and Pearl (shown here)
Winter: Silver, Blue and White
Radio Style: Metallic Greens, Reds, and Blues
Tone on Tone Magical: Gold, Ivory, Silver or Pearl
Natural/Woodsy: Metallic greens, silvers, and natural browns/beige
Your foundation for your chosen palette will be your table coverings.
Sewn “tablecloths” are not necessary here. You can use lengths of fabric of all colors and textures from fabric stores, antique stores….A length of silver velveteen; a baroque remnant; a metallic gold sheer curtain found at a discount store… grandmas lace table runners….it is fun to play. This will be the foundation of your color palette, and sets the tone for everything else.
It is fun to look around your cupboards for items that can go with your special holiday color palette, or you can shop at bargain/discount shops, craft stores, antique stores to compliment your look.
Regal: Silver/pewter cups; strands of pearl tree trimmings; red/gold chargers, red velveteen table covering with gold runner
Wintery: Anything silver, beads, tinsel, frosted plates; antique etched anything, white ceramic or porcelain; white tablecloth with lace overlays
Radko style: Primary colors with glitter will do! Complimentary red plates/chargers, green antique water goblets, midnight blue mini salt and pepper shakers; cobalt blue serve ware
Tone on Tone Magical: Gold or silver chargers; silver serve ware; ivory and gold candles, white ceramic or porcelain. Gold table coverings, silver metallic runner
Woodsy: Wood chargers; evergreen linens; bamboo place mats; real branches; pine cones; pussy willows; natural baskets. Earthenware and or wooden serve ware, burlap runner, handmade ornaments/place cards
LOW AND LARGE OR HIGH AND STUNNING ARE MY RULES FOR CENTERPIECES. My pet peeve is not being able to see the person across from you. So fuddy-duddy, and not necessary for a beautiful table! Do not use fake flowers (branches are an exception) if you can help it. Use your imagination! Here, I have used an extra-large clear martini glass and filled with red, ivory gold and pearl ornaments and accents. Almost anything goes.
4. Place Settings
After you get your base table covering down and done, I like doing a runner out of a complimentary texture/colored fabric or a sheer overlay. You can gather corners of table fabric and do beautiful bows at each corner if you wish. To do the runner, it will look beautiful if you gather it like a paper fan, and stretch down the length of the table, then adjust here and there for a more natural, gathered feel.
At each place setting:
Charger or place mat
Cloth Napkin with clever napkin ring, place in center of plate
Water Goblet and Lolita Wine glass
Votive candle at each setting
Use, wash, reset and reuse to your heart’s content. The table coverings and centerpiece always remain through the Holidays. Replace serve ware at designated spots as needed.
5. Serve ware and Side Items
Keep a glass water pitcher nearby. Pull out all your Holiday serve ware and mix it all in. You can leave what you choose on the table, but less is more here. Set up a nice wine service for that last-minute visit. Your silver will look good with almost any color palette. You get the picture!
Now you can enjoy your holiday table. Look at it as a necessity in your decorating plan for the holidays. If you stick to your basic 3 colors and go from there, you will end up with elegant simplicity. Then, by adding some practical textural elements and my festive Holiday Wine glasses, you will see FUN AND EASE written all over the table.
You will see how much it really does add to your joyous season (practically!) And as the Domestic Diva now, you will glide and sachet around your table with holiday glee!