Whether you are hosting a cozy dinner with friends or a Thanksgiving feast, a beautifully decorated table can add a personal touch. It sets the mood for a warm and inviting home.
There are various ways to dress you table for the holidays. Your table linens can be simple or elegant. You determine your the mood of your table by the types of linens you select. Use a plain table cloth and get creative with your table runner. A table runner is a great way to add a pop of color and pattern to your tablescape. If you don’t have a fall-themed table runner, you can easily create your own using burlap, or fabric.
Cloth napkins are a nice way to dress up your tablescape. A neutral color napkin can be used throughout the year. Look for sales or clearance. Dress up your napkins with pretty napkin rings. I made these napkin rings from old plain acrylic rings.
Placemats and chargers can add a touch of elegance or coziness to your tablescape without being too expensive. Try looking for neutral-colored placemats and chargers that can be used year-round.
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A centerpiece is the focal point of your tablescape. You can choose something that will catch the eye of your guests. A simple vase of fall flowers, a bowl of red or green apples, pumpkins and gourds make a beautiful centerpiece.
Place settings are a great way to add personality and style to your table. Start with layering your place setting by using a charger or placemat and/or both. Next add a dinner plate, salad plate, and bowl (if serving a soup). Bring out those pretty dishes and know it is fine to mix and match.
Special touches to your table can make your guest feel invited to your home. You could add personalized name tag at each place setting. A cellophane bag with some chocolates and a gift tag with the persons name is an sweet treat and inexpensive welcoming gift.
Candle light to me is a must for that special touch. Whether you use taper candles or a couple of tea lights on your table, it give your table warm and a special glow.
Try adding a small cutting board with a piece of fruit. You could also add a sprig of rosemary to a napkin and tie some twine around it. The fragrance from the rosemary is lovely on the table. These small cutting boards were at Hobby Lobby for less than $1.50 each. We will be using them as appetizer plates for a Charcuterie Board of goodies.
Shop at thrift stores and discount stores. You can find great deals on tablecloths, runners, dishes, and other decorative items at thrift stores and discount stores. I upcycled this vase from a clear cylinder found at a thrift store for $1.
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