What could be more fun and easy than festive holiday tablescapes to bring the warmth and joy of the holidays to your home and entertaining?
With a few embellishments you can take your everyday vases and candles and inject the holiday spirit – holly, pine cones, tree branches and such for a rustic or nostalgic feel or go with clean lines and strong graphic elements like pumpkins, round tree ornaments and a fresh paint color for a more modern look. Let yourself be inspired by a theme or overall concept. Inspiration can come from anywhere – a poem, book, favorite painting, or even a favorite memory. For example, vintage toys found at tag sales or in your attic bring a special touch to the table.
Unify your display with an unexpected color. I love the treatment of everyday items such as pumpkins with silver and white, then adding black and white candy to complete a Halloween look that’s fresh and current.
Cool colors are still welcome at the hottest holiday tables, think blues and crisp whites, but any colors outside the traditional red and green combo will keep your table interesting – jewel tones and metallic are quite festive. One trend now is the use of two colors or neutral with a pop of color. Below is a striking example of white with vibrant fuchsia for a very current and mod Christmas table.
For a Thanksgiving table try switching it up with nuts and spices. You don’t have to rely on decorative gourds for the entire fall season.
Use light unexpectedly. It’s such an easy way to add that extra special glow to a table, and not just with candles. Use LED lights. They don’t have to be plugged in and they don’t generate heat. An LED rope can be snuggled under a cloud of snow or wrapped in a garland. Use light coasters underneath a globe vase for an exciting touch. This globe is filled with water, silver wire and orchid heads and is a stunning display.
Mix up traditional motifs by using unexpected treatments, here gift ‘cakes’ are made with candy wrapping, tinsel and petals then placed on cake plates – delightful!
If you entertain guests and family over the entire holiday season then you may want to consider hiring a designer to do your tablescapes. Discuss the idea of one concept or color scheme to carry you through each event of the season and mixing it into each holiday in creative, innovative ways from Halloween through New Year’s.