We haven’t quite graduated into hosting holidays yet. We’re still in that “newlywed, young adult” stage of life which includes crashing family’s houses for the day and coming home with large tupperwares full of leftovers. So for now, this little tablescape was set up just for inspiration. I’ll take any excuse to put pretty things together in my home so a blog post seemed like reason enough to raid my cabinets and put together some partyware.
*Side note: I will be hosting Christmas with my family this year and I am already SO excited about the pretty table I’ll be putting together for that. So keep your eyes open for that in a few weeks!
I’m all about speed these days with a six month old who is constantly begging to be held, and the whole table took me about a half hour to set up so I thought I’d put together some tips on how to style a quick holiday table. Just a few, basic ideas to keep in mind to keep the holidays simple and relaxed.
- Start with a base for your center. This year, I was obsessed with these little pheasants I found at Target. They’re vintage inspired and really beautiful quality. So these were my starting point for the entire table.
- Work with what you have. I collect a lot of smaller salad and dessert plates from antique stores and clearance racks. I keep most everything in neutral colors so that they can mix and match with lots of different seasons. The pretty leaves in the center were foraged from my neighborhood and the candlesticks are staples in my dining room.
- Stock up out of season. I’ve built a small stash of plates as I said, linens and also placecard holders. I always shop for new dishes and details like this right after the season. My favorites sales to hit up are always at Anthropologie, West Elm, Pottery Barn and H&M. The prices are always great and sometimes I’ll pick up an odd number of dishes to mix in with other neutrals to make a full set.
- Remember small details. Your guests will feel special when they can see their names pre-written and set in a sweet place card holder and it takes just a few minutes to do. It goes a long way to making your guests feel welcome and also helps to fill in empty spots in the table.
- Think about your meal and only set the table for what you’re cooking. If you’re not planning on serving soup, skip the bowls and spoons. Give your entire meal a thought and then give yourself a break with clean up and only include the pieces you need for your meal.
There you have it. Just remember to keep things simple. The more over the top, the longer it’s going to take you to clean up at the end of a long, eventful holiday. Also, give yourself permission to think outside of the box! Thanksgiving doesn’t have to equal pumpkins and Christmas doesn’t have to include evergreens. There’s no problem in including them, but don’t feel tied down by decor stereotypes.
Until next time!