Between coordinating a menu and finding a date that works for all your friends, planning a holiday party can easily get stressful. One of the easiest way to convince all your guests you have it together—even if you don’t—is by putting together a well-styled tablescape. From minimalist to maximalist, from traditional red and green to bright, poppy colors, there are infinite ways to showcase your creativity this holiday season. And in the name of expediency (it’s almost the end of December here), we’ve narrowed down a few of our favorites, courtesy of Pinterest.
Take a page from this simple tablescape and put greenery at the forefront. Pick up a wreath at a local market or follow blogger Local Milk’s instructions to DIY your own. A mix of evergreens and eucalyptus make for a perfectly festive centerpiece you’ll be able to reuse way past just one night.
For a bit of a formal bohemian edge, try something like Justina Blakeney’s holiday table. Incorporating warm colors to brighten up the grey season and tossing in some seasonal clove-studded oranges, she created a setting that’s both holiday-appropriate and non-traditional. Learn how to DIY that gorgeous rustic “chandelier” on Blakeney’s blog post.
Go moody and dramatic for an instantly elegant vibe. Australian wedding blog Nouba designed this glam table for a New Year’s Eve soiree, but we think it’s perfectly suitable for Christmas as well. Set metallics like gold or brass against a sleek black base for a contemporary finish.
We’re absolutely in love with this beachy tablescape, which—thanks to a muted color palette that incorporates some classic grey and blue winter hues—works for the holiday season too. Avenue Design Studio brought in natural textures and simple details for the perfect understated sophistication. A mix of various-sized candles make for a unique centerpiece.
Forego a tablecloth and opt instead for a runner. Wit and Delight’s natural-hued one is a great backdrop for the deconstructed centerpiece which sees greenery and blooms dispersed directly on the table instead of in a vase.
This Danish stoneware dishware set is loosely inspired by the North Sea, and as each piece is handmade no two plates are the same. You can purchase the plates online at Enkelhed, then create a moody winter tablescape by bringing in cool tones and seasonal greenery.
Calling all minimalists (and last-minute party planners): This one’s for you. Bo Bedre’s beautifully-photographed tablescape incorporates very few items, allowing the ones that do exist to truly pop. A grayscale color palette and simple stoneware are the ideal elements for a clean, Scandinavian-inspired tablescape.
For the traditionalists, this tablescape is easy to recreate and oh so pretty. A bare table, evergreen table runner, and linen napkins are simple details that incorporate all the colors and textures of the season. Lauren McBride’s farmhouse Christmas table takes it a step further with wood rounds, but you can use woven jute placemats for a similarly rustic feel.
If you’re hosting a more formal dinner, include a printed card on each plate with the menu to make the evening a bit more upscale. Sasha Swerdloff of Tending the Table added red berries for a festive pop of color to this otherwise super simple table.
If your Christmas decor tends to err more on the side of nontraditional, we predict you’ll love this tablescape by Sugar & Cloth. Using the trendiest color of 2017, she created a playful and feminine setting with ombre pink.
A Blog Named Scout really took hygge to the next level with this winter-inspired tablescape. We do mean this quite literally: A large poster hanging from the wall includes the three core tenets of the Danish lifestyle motto. Clean wood and ceramic materials emulate the Scandinavian aesthetic, while string lighting and candles provide a warmth that will be much appreciated during the colder months.
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