Have you ever looked at a beautiful holiday table setting at a friend’s house or on Pinterest but thought that you could never create one like that on your own? Well, it’s your lucky day! I’m here to show you that you can, whether you have a creative bone in your body or not.
To start, let’s go over some basics:
1. Know what you like.
Are you a whimsical kind of gal or do you prefer something more traditional? I like simple and casual myself. My table is not very elaborate at all and instead of China, I prefer kid-friendly ceramic dishes. But that’s what I like. The good news is, there’s no ‘right’ style. Just go with what you like, what you can afford, and what works for the kind of get together you are having.
If you’re not sure what you like, go to a store and browse the decorations. Without judging yourself, see what styles you’re drawn to the most and pick from one of those.
2. A beautiful table setting does not have to be expensive.
Don’t believe me? I bought my plates, soup bowls, tablecloth, placemats, and stemware from Walmart. My centerpiece came from Big Lots. I want you to see that no matter what your budget, you can create a beautiful table setting.
3. Think in layers.
What makes a table setting look elaborate? Layers of dinnerware and decorations. Something as simple as using placemats or chargers creates more visual interest and depth than if you just set the plates on the tablecloth.
4. Do the prep work.
Want to make a cheap tablecloth look more expensive? Try ironing it. Basic prepwork like ironing linens and making sure the glasses are not spotty are simple ways to really make your table setting look finished. Don’t overlook these details.
Ready to get started? Once you’ve finished the prep work, place the tablecloth on the table.
Choose placemats in a contrasting color (or one of the minor colors in the tablecloth) and place them on top of the tablecloth.
Add the dinner plate.
Place the salad plate on top of the dinner plate.
Add your centerpiece, silverware, glassware and soup bowls. Instead of choosing matching soup bowls, I went with red to add contrast and to pull out the red in the trim on the plates.
I chose just a simple holiday greenery centerpiece that fit my table. Depending on the size of your table, you may need a longer centerpiece or multiple centerpieces.
If you’re not using soup bowls, you can place the napkin in a napkin ring across the plate. A neutral white or cream napkin is a great choice. It will work with any style or color combination. (I found these napkins and rings at Pier One.)
If you are using soup bowls and they’re deep enough, fold the napkin into a fan and place it in the bowl for a fun touch.
There. All done!
I hope you have a great time creating your holiday table setting!