Setting a Festive, Unique Holiday Table

Setting a Festive, Unique Holiday Table

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The holidays usually mean beautifully set tables awaiting the serving of a delectable feast to our most cherished guests. So much time goes into prepping the food, that the table can sometimes become an after-thought. However, if you start thinking about the aesthetics of your table ahead of time, you can create a beautiful tabletop for the special meals you enjoy at this time of year.

Look around our home for suitable items you already own, but maybe haven’t used for a table setting before. Consider:

  • Different containers that could become candle holders
  • Collections you already own that could be arranged down the center of your table
  • Layering colorful fabrics, ribbons, or napkins around low votive candles

Other ideas to turn your table into a creative setting for your feast:

We take photos all year long and if you’re like most of us, they stay on our cameras or phones. Why not print out your favorites and scatter them all down the center of the table? Guests can remember the events of the year or see what’s been happening through the months since you last saw each other.

Table Setting2Forget the kids’ table! Make the whole table kid-friendly, by wrapping the top of the table in newsprint (you can get the end of a roll from your local newspaper) and let everyone draw all over the tabletop. Coloring books, currently all the rage – could be used to create a coloring tabletop!

Speaking of those awesome kids of yours, enlist their help in helping decide what the table should look like. Give your children the chance to let their creativity shine by providing them with paper, glue, crayons, any other craft items so they can create placemats and napkin rings.

Matching doesn’t matter – your table can look just like the sock drawer in my house – full of mis-matches. Bring everything together with a central theme or color. An uncoordinated table can be pulled together by not matching. Be a trend-setter!

Table Setting3No matter what your table looks like or how much effort you put into it, always keep in mind the importance of the holiday remains with the people sitting around it and the memories created while being together. We wish you a lifetime of abundant feasts and creative, happy tabletops!

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Eileen Calandro
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