The holidays are about reconnecting with family and friends and often, our most cherished memories happen around the dinner table. If you are hosting this year, there’s a good chance that you are looking for ideas to create a warm and inviting tablescape for guests to enjoy. What’s so wonderful about decorating for this time of the year is the variety of styles, and aesthetics you have to choose from that fully embrace winter’s charm.
Still, preparing for a merry gathering on top of fulfilling daily work and personal obligations is stressful. So any tips for designing the perfect table setup is going to be helpful right now. To get started, take stock of decor items and accents in the house such as vases, a table runner, linens, and candles that could be used to enhance a dining ambiance. Now read on for beautiful holiday table decor inspiration ranging from lavish jewel-tone florals to rustic evergreen garland that celebrate the magic of the season.
Snow White Magnolias + Greenery
Using a color combination inspired by evergreens covered in snow, this tablescape features fresh greenery accented by crisp white magnolias – a surprising statement bloom for winter. Classic taper candles of varying height and gold flatware bring warmth to the scene while plaid accents add a festive pop of pattern perfect for a holiday meal.
Seasonal Fruit Accents
To add a touch of color to an all greenery table garland, you don’t have to look any further than the bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter. This simple and cozy table setting pairs a textured blend of seeded and spiral eucalyptus with vibrant red pomegranates. Other seasonal fruit options include clementines, pears, and cranberries.
A Scandinavian Winter Centerpiece
When we think of a winter fairytale, our mind conjures vignettes of an idyllic Scandinavian countryside as the setting. Mixing natural wonder with graceful charm, this breathtaking centerpiece combines textured greenery, evergreens and berries with snow white anemones.
The allure of this centerpiece lies in its modern simplicity. To recreate a similar setup at home, gather white candles of various styles and berry branches (blue would also look lovely here) cut at varying heights. Place the candles and branches in clear, sleek vessels, arranging them in an asymmetrical composition so they appear to undulate across the table’s surface
A Dramatic Crimson + Black Palette
While black is not the first color that comes to mind when with we think of ‘holidays,’ it makes a stunning companion hue to seasonal red blooms. Encapsulating dramatic beauty, this design features lush red and pink flowers complimented by elegant black taper candles, dinnerware, and napkins. To add warmth to the tablescape, incorporate gilded accents such as gold candlesticks, flatware, and napkin rings.
Not everyone is drawn to traditional red and green, and spirited color schemes for the holidays. This table setup was designed for those whose style falls under the neutral category. It centers around a wintry centerpiece featuring dried pampas grass, lunaria, and forged leaves and branches that have been spray painted in gold and silver. Finishing touches include natural textured linens, gold flatware, and white candles, which once lit, will add a soft glow for dining.
And for others, nothing celebrates the magic and beauty of the holidays like a dinner table bedecked in opulent jewel-tones. This beguiling centerpiece features a violet silk runner topped with luxurious blossoms in shades of rich magenta and purple with touches of greenery illuminated by colored taper candles. Balance is key here – a tailored approach to styling offsets the abundance of textures and decor elements. The design looks lavish and over-the-top, but neat and cohesive at the same time.
A Something Blue Centerpiece
A classic accent hue in weddings, blue is also an ideal color choice for creating an elegant holiday table setting. To replicate this setup for your dinner, start with a sheer, shimmering blue table runner, topping it with a garland of winter ferns and greenery accentuated by white taper candles. Take the color theme further by wrapping napkins in blue ribbon and mixing snow berries, which have a frosted impression, into the design.
Rich Greenery + Vibrant Blooms
If you are planning to host a holiday dinner at a round table this year, consider using a low centerpiece to anchor the ambiance. This joyous beauty presents blush, burgundy, wine, lavender, ivory, and white peonies, roses, ranunculuses, scabiosas, and lisianthus with fresh greenery arranged in a silver mercury pedestal vase. The floral recipe may sound extensive, but many of the flowers, or similar substitutes, can be found at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and even your favorite neighborhood bodega.
A Festive Nordic Forest Tablescape
One look at this rustic centerpiece will have your guests seeing visions of an enchanted Nordic forest during wintertime. To recreate the arrangement, blend together various types of seasonal greenery such as pine, spruce, cypress, cedar, and juniper along with a few twigs and berry branches, arranging the elements in a large earthenware vase. We love how the bed of moss and glowing houses look like a sleepy village during the holidays. If these decor elements are not available, or are too impractical for dining, consider arranging leftover greenery trimmings or a colored linen at the foot of the vase and adding frosted white votive holders for light.
Nothing offers comfort from winter’s cold temps like sitting down to an inviting and beautiful tablescape. We hope these holiday table decor ideas not only ease any stress that you are feeling as host, but also inspire you to be creative (and resourceful!) in your approach to design and styling. This way, you can be fully present and enjoy this special time with loved ones.