Decorating your table for the holidays is essential but often overlooked! The dinner table inevitably becomes the center of any gathering with guests, be it friends or family, so why not make it the center of all your holiday décor?
Because it’s so important, here are my pointers on how to make sure your dinner table is not only looking cohesively festive, but to make it go down with a bang with all your loved ones!
The first step is to choose a theme that runs throughout and connects with décor from the rest of the house. You want something that subtle but creates a lot of interest when it gets down to the details, which your guests will delight in noticing. I chose a winter wildlife theme this year, which feels a lot less constrained to just the holidays – this makes for more creative and contemporary design choices!
With a theme, select your color scheme. Greens, gold, and white all inspire bold and bright palettes, but are still bold and bright as a base color that can be monochromatic. It should correspond with your theme, so for example, whites and greens made sense for my base colors: white like a sheet of snow, green for a pine motif. I want to feel like I’m outside, experiencing the winter magic for myself.
Top tip: Gold is still a classic, but don’t be afraid of mixing your metallics! Gold, silver, even rose gold can all come together to add to your dinner table décor!
Now comes the pleasure of the details – you can add wrapped present on each plate for an added bonus of fun and mystery, or alternatively, hang your stockings on the backs of chairs instead on crowded mantelpiece! This way you not only have placeholders, but you’re grounding the dinner table as the center of activity with all your guests! Make them feel extra comfy with some festive cushions, too!
Let’s pivot our focus for a second, and think about bringing décor down from the ceiling! A garland layered with décor, hanging Christmas baubles from the chandelier, you can get endlessly creative! Just keep it minimal and neutral, and you’ll really add a statement to your table!
Finally, I’m actually not pointing out the obvious when I say: don’t neglect your surfaces! Some inexpensive décor can be found in LED lights, decorative beads, or ornament baubles in a clear vase or bowl – the possibilities are endless.
I hope that I’ve inspired you to seize the opportunity of amping up the festivity on and around the dining table this holiday season! Be sure to share your creations with my on social media, and happy holidays!