Boy do I love a tablescape and especially a holiday tablescape. Tablescapes are hands down one of my favorite things to create and take photos of. Why? First of all, I don’t have to leave my house. Second of all, I don’t have to leave my house. And third of all, I don’t have to do my hair or make-up (I hate getting ready). And finally, pants are optional. My husband, who thinks he’s funny, asked me if setting up a tablescape was the adult equivalent of a child having a tea party. Bingo, Mr. Chic(ish)! He pretty much hit the nail right on the head with that one – and I can’t help but laugh at myself. That is exactly what it’s like. Also kind of like how throw pillows are the adult equivalent of stuffed animals.
All jokes aside, I love what the tablescape represents: the gathering of friends and family. Sounds cheesy but it’s true. Some of my favorite times are the ones spent around the table. From family game night to cocktails with friends to holidays – we have had a lot of laughs and have made a lot of memories around our tables over the years.
Moving on to the main reason you clicked to this site: this year’s holiday tablescape! Drum roll please…
This was super simple and easy to put together. Guys, the thing about tablescapes: anyone can do this. Even those who claim to have no decor skills whatsoever. But, if it’s your turn to host and you’re feeling stuck, I have put together a few tips to help you get started.
#1: Use what you have. Don’t go out and buy all new. Plan a table around what you already own and go from there. For example, I wanted to use these red dishes that were handed down from family, so I planned the entire vibe of this tablescape around them. You may actually recognize them from the Valentine’s Day tablescape I did earlier this year. Using paper plates this holiday season? No problem. Skip the place settings and focus on the centerpiece. Your guests won’t care, I promise. I love this idea for appetizer night, too!
#2: Dollar Tree, Target dollar spot and Goodwill are your friends. You will be amazed at what you can find. I picked up all the trees and miniature houses in this tablescape from Target dollar spot recently. I’m also getting more into thrifting because I’m not into breaking the bank.
#3: Don’t stress. Listen, you’re likely not setting a table at The White House so don’t worry so much about the “proper” way to set your table. Get creative and experiment with different looks. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I did get a question about the nutcracker place card holders on my Instagram the other day, and while they are old (sadly), Pier1 has some really nice, festive options right now. You can also check Amazon. The nice thing about adding things like place card holders to your collection is that you can use them year after year. They won’t go out of style like your festive sweaters will. Pro tip: you can also use them to label your food on the buffet line. #fancy
#4: Do what works for your family. Try not to worry so much about what other people are doing. You get to make your own traditions and your own rules. It is your house, after all. Personally, my favorite way to gather around the table involves a buffet where my guests will take their plate from the table to the designated food area (read stove and kitchen counter, ha) and fill it up there, so I generally don’t leave much room for food platters outside of the occasional dessert. But you do you!
#5: Wear what you want. Just because you set a beautiful table doesn’t mean you have to wear a ball gown to dinner. So, for some of you that means jeans and a tunic. For others, that’s leggings and a dress. You get to decide. Wear what you feel good in – just don’t forget to leave some room for dessert!
I sincerely hope this was helpful. Happy hosting, my friends!
See ya on the next post.
-The Chic(ish) Chick
P.S. For more on holiday tablescapes, check out this holiday tablescape post!