With holiday dinner parties already underway, our creative director Orlando Soria shows us just how to make our tables glitter and sparkle with holiday cheer.
Photos by Tessa Neustadt.
Winter is the perfect season to invite friends over for conversation and coziness (to combat the chilly weather and moody skies). As you may know by now, I’m a big fan of holiday decorating, hosting, and fun times with friends, so go figure this is my favorite time of year. Today, we’re talking about how to create a festive tablescape to spice up your holiday home, for both everyday use and for dinner parties.
One of the most frequent questions I get from clients about dining tables is how to style them for daily use. It’s not like you’re going to constantly have the table set for dinner, so what do you do during the day to make the table look beautiful and considered? Whether you’re obsessed with hosting or just obsessed with staring at your gorgeous, styled dining table, this guide will help you achieve that festive table of your sugar plum dreams.
The first thing to consider when designing a tablescape (or really any space) is your color palette. Since the overall color scheme of my holiday decor was light, bright, and relatively monochromatic, I wanted to add a pop of color to my table. I did this pretty simply, with a vase full of beautiful fuchsia peonies. To make sure the peonies didn’t feel like they were coming out of nowhere, I added hits of red and pink to the shelving and around the room.
Greenery makes everything feel more alive (a necessity in the dead wintry months) and more high-end, even if it’s totally affordable eucalyptus like the kind I used. I try to avoid fake greenery wherever possible. It might look good in a photo, but in person it doesn’t have the feeling of the real thing.
Pops of Holiday Sparkle
To give the everyday tablescape some sparkle and tie in the gold from the rest of my holiday décor, I added glittery holiday ornaments to the greenery. It’s a subtle nod to the color scheme of the rest of the home. I also added candles for a warm, inviting glow that tells my guests “the person who set this table knew exactly what he was doing.”
When it comes to the setting for a dinner party, I added more hints of gold and white with the dinnerware and utensils. (Who doesn’t love eating with rose gold utensils? It makes you feel like royalty.) You’ll also see that I used modern, graphic placemats. This complements the year-round aesthetic of my home.
Once you’ve got the color scheme, centerpiece, and settings in place, it’s time to add a bit of fun to the table, those little accents that will delight your guests. This year, I found some cute little Scandinavian Santas online and used them for simple name-card holders, writing each guest’s name on a piece of card stock. Note: you do NOT have to find little Santas like me. You can use PLENTY of other things for card holders, like pinecones or even mini presents. (Maybe with chocolates on the inside?!)
And lastly, add in your glassware. Even if not all of your guests are imbibing, the glasses will reflect light from the fixtures and candles, making the table literally glitter.
For more holiday table inspo, check out how I styled last year’s table.