Happy holidays, ladies! This time of year is so festive and sweet. A few weeks ago, we gathered with 25 ladies for our Holiday Hosting workshop, two days before Thanksgiving to create our Thanksgiving centerpieces, learn calligraphy and make gift tags, + give the guests some holiday tablescape inspiration. If you missed it, you're in luck! We are sharing a few of the tablescape tips with you today, so you can use them for your Christmas table.
1. We always start with a clean table, just to allow our brains some space to think of what we want to do and get creative!
2. Pick out your chargers and dishes based on an inspiration for the gathering. Maybe you have a color story, a holiday, theme, monochromatic look, mixing metals, etc. that you want to go with. For these we went with the holiday theme (but no overly red or green tables here!)
3. When decorating any part of your home, remember to layer. Layering gives the “collected over time” look that yields an inviting, cohesive look. Combining old pieces with the new, layering textures, objects, and live plants are all great ways to bring the look to life. For the dining table we are going to layer a charger, dinner plate and salad plate, and then set the napkin on top.
4. Adding personal details, like name place cards, is always a nice touch. We did a few different place cards that you'll see below. One was a simple piece of card stock with everyone's names written on it in gold and the other was a more advanced look, with names written on leaves.
5. Utilize different heights throughout the tablescape. You can do this in stacking dishes, the centerpieces, candlesticks, varied heights of arrangements, etc.
6. Bring something fresh to the mix. Putting together a simple arrangement of flowers for your centerpiece brings life to the table. Other ideas:
- Apples or something edible (oranges or lemons are always nice in spring and summer!)
- Pumpkins down middle for Thanksgiving
- Greenery Runner with candles
Other thoughtful elements would be giving each place setting their own bud vase with a flower or sprig of greenery.
7. If you're including napkins, here are some fun ways to display them:
- In between charger and plate (or under plate if you don’t have a charger)
- Tie with ribbon
- Fold with a pocket for flatware
8. Set the mood and ambiance for the gathering with the appropriate lighting. Whether this is through dimming your overhead lighting or lighting a few tea lights, this will set the tone for the party and make it feel more intimate.
Alright, we're showing you a few different looks today, starting with this round table with two big hydrangea arrangements. When you're not an expert at floral design, always stick with ONE type of flower in your vase. A huge arrangement of hydrangeas or tulips look more impressive than an arrangement made of mix matched grocery store bouquets. We put the hydrangeas in two different sized vases to offer varied height, then filled in with tea light candles!
This look below was our favorite, because it was simple and so festive. It really goes perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas OR New Years! We started with a metallic runner from West Elm, layered with clipped greenery branches, placed metallic candle sticks at varied levels, then filled in with DIY glittered pinecones and votive candles to ground the table with something a little lower.
For this look, we also showed how to do a little napkin folding trick to create a pocket for your flatware!
Hopefully these ideas spark some creativity for your own table. We had a blast at this workshop, so we're sharing a few pictures from it below with you. Who knows, maybe we'll do another next year during the holidays?! This one was held at the Lofts at Luna.
When guests walked in, they each got a delicious smelling Ellery Mae candle as a gift from us! We love gifts ;) As soon as they came in, they saw all this amazing food by The Everyday Chef & Wife Catering. All we have to say is holy YUM. You will be hungry after scrolling through these pictures...consider yourself warned! ;)
These personal sized berry cobblers were to DIE for. Ah!! Take us back :)
The guests got to learn calligraphy and watercolor from Kristin of Sable and Gray and then were off practicing their own!
Next up was floral design with Jennifer of Bloom Floral Design. The ladies had such fun creating their arrangements for their Thanksgiving tables!
We also had the privilege of having a few sweet boutiques at the workshop for our ladies to shop! Carleigh Courey:
Lauren, from the new little kid's clothing boutique, Tootsie Pop Shop, was there with some of the cutest outfits!
I (Michaela) brought all my Beautycounter goodies (safer skincare and makeup!) for the ladies to try:
We also had Heidi of Feather & Birch there!