Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean your tabletop needs to be dressed in red and green. Take the stress out of your holiday dinner party by setting your table in advance and give it a fresh but simple spin using 6 or less easy-to-find ingredients.
For this festive table, we chose to warm it up using tones of chocolate and red and embellished it with a combination of seasonal produce, such as pomegranates, crab apples and cranberries which you can find at your local market. To give it height and dimension, we used wooden pedestals, metal lanterns and cloches to display some of the produce in addition to pine cones (including a few from my own back garden) and spools of yarn for a luxe rustic tabletop. We added a wood slice as a thematic destination for a favorite holiday dish served tableside.
An all-white look can give your tablescape a clean sophisticated quality and truly capture the essence of the winter season. For this design, we used white pumpkins, ceramic white owls, white fur, glass cloches and spray-painted white pine cones for this effortless and unique look.
We created a more edgier more modern look for this tabletop, incorporating metallics and natural wood and turned our white pumpkins gold. We then accented the tablescape with geodes, cotton pods and white phalaenopsis orchids. We also carved out a white pumpkin and added a decorative handle (taken from an old dresser and sprayed gold) creating a cloche to present cheese and nuts atop a slate slab for a twist on presenting hors d’oeuvres.
Further reboot your placesettings by mixing collected china patterns and trying alternating napkin folds at each. I also opted to drape each chair with white pashminas and fur throws to make guests a little more cozy.
For placecards, consider using metallic paint to write names on mini white pumpkins, pomegranates or ribbon bands or tucking cards or tags into pinecones.
If you want to reduce your shopping list further, try a two ingredient design and invest in a fleet of varied sized glass cloches, placing each with a string of mini battery operated LED lights for a stunning and romantic tablescape that will wow your guests.
Overall I feel that using natural seasonal elements is always timeless, luxe and chic. Never be afraid to keep it understated as less is often more and simple but thoughtful design is always the most impactful.