Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday table tops with personality

If you love hosting parties and entertaining, then Christmas is your time to shine. Planning a Christmas party can be fun and exciting but it can also challenge you, especially if you host annual Christmas reunions, to find new and unique table setting decorations every year. Change it up for 2013 by considering these one-of-a-kind ideas for a holiday table setting with character.

A table setting doesn’t have to be overly done to evoke a festive holiday spirit. If your style is more of understated chic, keep color variation to a minimum.

For an evening party, especially in an outdoor setting, candles can create a nice touch and evoke the warmth of the holiday spirit. Forego color and pattern to enhance the effect. An all-white color scheme will bring a cool wintery vibe.

Amp it up by adding reflective elements. Mirrored surfaces, perhaps with a mirror as a charger, reflect light and add a beautiful sparkle to your party. You may also add glittered ornaments, silver to continue the winter vibe or gold for a glam look.

A holiday table setting doesn’t have to come in traditional red and green or in a Christmas winter theme either. You may use your favorite color and tie it together with classic holiday elements. Christmas balls, glittered pinecones and snowflake cutouts are just some of the few things you can try to incorporate in your table setting.

If you’re hosting a family reunion and you’re expecting a lot of kids, you might want to create a separate kids’ table. Keep it fun and interesting with bold and bright prints. Use cute wrapping paper instead of your prized tablecloths for an easy cleanup after the party. Leave the dainty décor for the grownups’ table - go for fun cutouts instead.

A table setting doesn’t have to be overly done to evoke a festive holiday spirit. If your style is more of understated chic, keep color variation to a minimum. Use plain platters and goblets, but create a focal point with one or two elements. These ornaments don’t have to be literally Christmas-themed either. Some tinsel and a chic gift box with your party favor inside can be an interesting placeholder for each seat. - Aislinn Kee 


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