You’ve planned out your menu to a T. You’ve stocked up your bar with all the necessities. You’ve created the perfect playlist to set the mood. Your holiday party is almost ready, except for one thing — the table. When you’ve put this much effort into preparing the perfect holiday meal, you should make sure that your holiday table rises to the same level of excellence. Plain Jane placemats and plates just won’t do.
We talked to two of our expert designers, Trudy and Brett, to get the scoop on how they like to set their tables during the holidays. Read on for 8 of our favorite, easy tips to try this holiday season.
1. Add greenery to your display. Cut branches off the bottom of your Christmas tree and put them into your tablescape, or tie them to the back of your dining chairs with big red bows.
3. Turn your place-card holders into takeaway items for guests as parting gifts. Try using a little potted plant or a small wrapped scented candle in a box with a bow.
7. If you want to put candles in your centerpiece, choose flameless candles. They won’t die down, there’s no fire risk and their scent won’t interrupt the taste of your delicious meal.