First of all, again – sooooo sorry for the sparse blog posts lately! Those who follow me and those who frequent my blog know how unusual that is. But, moving back into my house after the flood pushed us out for a month and getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner at my house for the first time ever this year – all while trying to work full time on my interior design business – just kicked my booty! I just simply couldn’t find the time to sit down and blog.
So hopefully I’m back into the swing of things. Since Christmas is around the corner and everyone is getting out their Christmas goodies I thought I’d touch on how to create a jaw-dropping tablescape for your next dinner party. Take a look at some of these fabulous ideas below:
Notice the layering of plates with different patterns? This always creates interest and adds detail. Here gold’s and creams are paired with touches of Christmas red. And, I always love the added flair of place cards.
How fun is this for a festive kid’s table? Just by using fun, happy colors you create an atmosphere of cheer and joy for the little ones. Cluster some fun colorful ornaments like this or in a clear vase and add some bright candles and you’ve got a centerpiece. Most of us have some sort of fun Christmas decoration that can be used for a centerpiece, too. If you don’t have lime green placemats consider using colorful craft paper from your local craft store. They won’t know the difference and it’s a cheap way of creating a fun table. Inexpensive bandanas in Christmas colors make great napkins, too, if you don’t already have Christmas napkins.
This tablescape is a bit on the wild side and I love it! Unique and fun. Use what you’ve got, let your imagination run wild and just go for it. You can make these branch arrangements yourself by collecting branches in your own back yard and wiring on these crystal strands. Yes, ma’am, you can do it!
And, how ‘bout going blue? If these are colors you have in your everyday dishes use them for your holiday dishes by adding Christmas touches like this. This cool blue and white with touches of silver ornaments and silver pine cones – very happy and holiday-esque without the traditional colors.
All creams and whites with gold and silver. Elegant and beautiful. Do you have a three tier stand like this? Just add some ornaments and pearls and you’ve got an elegant centerpiece. Or you can create your own stand by stacking different size plates using small candlesticks, votives or small serving bowls for the pedestals between plates. Use cake icing to “glue” the pedestals and plates in place and then add your ornaments. Voila!
Here, they’ve layered placemats which gives the table color, drama and interest. I like the way the napkins are displayed on each plate, too.
Again, layer your dishware. Here they’ve used gold, black and white. It creates an inviting place setting without a lot of fuss. They kept the centerpiece simple, too. A tall clear vase filled with stems. Lovely.
Layers of gold and reds. The ornament is a fun touch in the bowl. And check out the coasters for the wine glasses. (You could make these with left over garland)
Cluster some inexpensive Christmas trees for a cozy tablescape. Cluster some red berries with your napkins and silverware.
Look at these fun colors. Green, gold, plum. Again – layers! And, again – a large clear votive or vase filled with ornaments and/or pine cones always looks amazing as a centerpiece.
Not so much a tablescape (although I like this arrangement), but I just had to show you these chairs. I love this look with the little wreaths on the back of each one. Too cute!
So look around your house and through all that Christmas “stuff” you’ve collected over the years. Dig out your current dishware. Play with different combinations of colors and “stuff”. I guarantee you it’s possible for you to create your own new, fresh festive tablescape that will wow your guests without having to run out and spend a lot of money. Good luck!