Tips For Setting The Holiday Table
The holiday season is filled with opportunities to show off your decorating talent. Aside from the light show headlining your front lawn, there's really no better stage to make an impression than your own dining room table. Whether you're inviting a few friends over for a dinner party the weekend before or entertaining the entire family on Christmas day, try out some of these tips to craft a welcoming and memorable table setting this season.
An Effective First Layer
Every setting needs a theme, and every theme needs a strong foundation. Tablecloths, table runners and placemats are some of the first choices you'll be making when considering how to set your table, and will also set the tone for your entire layout. If you want to keep your tabletop protected from accidental spills during dinner, consider a full tablecloth. If your table has attractive elements, try to cover it up as little as possible and go instead with a simple placemat and table runner combination.
For All Things Food
When it comes to utensils and tableware, there's no such thing as being over-prepared, but there's no reason to worry about providing anything beyond the basics. Make sure guests have everything they need to enjoy the food you're serving, and think twice before dropping a bundle of cash on a new china set. If there's anywhere you can afford a plain and simple look in your setting, it's here. Plates, goblets and knives don't need to make a statement, but shouldn't distract from the theme you've assembled.
Constructing The Centerpiece
Putting a majority of your time into creating a great centerpiece is never a wasted effort. A successful centerpiece draws the eye and should highlight the most important colors and elements of your overall theme. Whether it's a simple collection of candles and winter accents or a full-fledged Christmas diorama, you'll never go wrong focusing your resources and creativity on the center of your table.
Nothing brings out the festive look of a holiday setting better than the soft, elegant flicker of candlelight. Add some character to your table by mixing styles or trying out candles with different heights. If messy, dripping wax isn't your thing, battery-powered candles work just as well. A string of lights woven into your centerpiece or wrapped around windows, chairs or an end table can also give your setting a classy glow.
Perfect Personal Touches
You don't have to start from scratch when designing your table setting. An easy way to use the materials you already have is to add to your holiday theme with simple accent pieces. Little touches like poinsettias or floral arrangements, an assortment of fir tree sprigs and pinecones or holiday ribbon can transform an ordinary table setting and generate the holiday atmosphere you're looking to create. You can also add personal place cards for seating arrangements, printed menus, ornaments or figurines.
One of the best things about hosting for the holidays is being able to share your creative holiday design with family and friends. With a few simple touches, you can produce an atmosphere that will have guests reminiscing about their favorite holiday memories. Update some Christmas staples, find accent pieces and utensils for your dining table or just rework your bathroom wall decor for the holidays with help from LTD Commodities.