Update your Thanksgiving table settings for the winter holidays

Are you hosting a holiday meal this weekend? If so you might be looking to use the same table settings from Thanksgiving, but with a holiday update. Making this change is easy and affordable, so go ahead and check this off your “to do” list!

Like Thanksgiving, begin with setting your table properly. This photo shows the full setting and this article offers tips on proper table etiquette. Follow as you like — it takes a lot of table space to make it all fit!

{Full table setting display example, use what you like! From: I <3 Etiquette.}

{Full table setting display example, use what you like! From: I <3 Etiquette.}

Once you select the pieces you’ll use you can begin adding the holiday items to make this table fitting for Christmas or Hanukkah.

The easiest way to do this is with your linens. Select traditional holiday-colored linens (red and green or blue and silver) or use something that matches your dining room’s decor. Gold, chocolate brown, white, cream or black will all work, depending on your color scheme. You can also make purple or pink work—it’s all how you mix it up!

Here are a few other ideas that will take your table from Thanksgiving to your December celebration.

{Easy place card idea — use any shape or color to make it work for your table design & holiday.}

{Easy place card idea — use any shape or color to make it work for your table design & holiday.}

Adding a ribbon around your holiday napkin makes it look like a present! Use ribbon to complement your decor. Use the same ribbon for each, or mix a few ribbons around the table.

{A pretty bow around a napkin adds a pop to your table settings. From: Martha Stewart.}

{A pretty bow around a napkin adds a pop to your table settings. From: Martha Stewart.}

If you had candles on your Thanksgiving table, add some glitter to them to make them work for your holiday table. Use any color glitter to make your table sparkle.

{Glitter candles - sparkle makes any table festive! From: Martha Stewart.}

{Glitter candles - sparkle makes any table festive! From: Martha Stewart.}

Candle and floral centerpieces will work for any celebration. Select candles to coordinate with your decor, add real or faux flowers that work with your color scheme. Now your table says holiday!

{Simple and elegant, these candle and floral centerpieces are great for any holiday table. From Martha Stewart.}

{Simple and elegant, these candle and floral centerpieces are great for any holiday table. From Martha Stewart.}

I hope these ideas will help you take your table settings from Thanksgiving to Christmas or Hanukkah with ease. How do you transition your table settings from Thanksgiving?

Happy holidays & happy decorating!

 

April Pardoe