Even people who don’t entertain at other times of year will often go all out during the December holidays. As with most aspects of this time of year, you want to put on a good show. It will take some extra preparation and thought, but the results will impress your friends and family, and maybe even yourself. And the result can be a night to remember, even before you serve that appetizer or pour that first glass of wine.
Here are five helpful tips for creating the perfect holiday table.
USE COLOR TO CREATE A FESTIVE MOOD
When your guests see your table for the first time, make them do a double take of different colors. Lots of reds and greens send strong seasonal messages. Napkins and tablecloths are an obvious way to go, as are foods like apples, strawberries, and cranberries. The traditional sight of red berries, holly and pine cones adds to the holiday atmosphere.
INVITE GUESTS TO BRING LITTLE ISLAND GIFTS
Your guests will really appreciate a functional item that doubles as a gift. Personally designed place card holders or small scented candles with holders make great gifts. Do you make the best delicious dessert? Create a custom designed menu with red and green border card lamination, dated and personalized will be something guests of the year will use for years to come.
ADD YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH
Take a look around your home to add a personal touch. This may take some effort, but it will take your table to a level that cannot be duplicated. For example, do you have a favorite plate or other suitable arrangement that you got during your dream trip to Italy? How about a favorite holiday decoration that not only adds to the visual enjoyment of the evening but can also double as conversation piece? Make sure you stick with your night theme and colors.
Smell is one of the most powerful, yet overlooked parts of creating a holiday mood. While not technically part of a table setting, it will enhance your table’s appeal as it enters your home. You have a wide variety here, green for example. Make sure the scent matches the modesty of the evening. And make it smooth. An effective scent captivates the senses; don’t attack them.
Table lighting can create a more intimate setting, and may work best if you’re only entertaining a few people. If you choose this option, consider flameless candles, which don’t go out and eliminate the fear of fire. To add a more personal touch, make sure the color of the candle matches the rest of your table decor.
These are just a few of the many ideas you can use to set the “right” holiday table. Many other options exist. Decorative napkin holders and poinsettia centers are just a few other suggestions for creating that memorable table. Use your creativity.
Jessica Kane is a writer for Silver Superstorethe online leader in silver flatware, gifts, replacement items, and more!