When it comes to designing beautiful seasonal tablescapes, I was excited to work with Marsha Strickhouser from Designs by Plate Girl. Like me, she has a passion for creating tables that draw people in and stir up the happiness of the season.
The Perfect welcome
To me, nothing sets the tone for holiday decorating more than a dining room table set with china, candles, flowers and decor for the season.
It’s a great way to welcome guests and also makes for a wonderful way to have them stay around the table and enjoy each other’s company. With busy schedules, we don’t always remember to do this or think we have the time, but it’s not as difficult as you might imagine.
I really like to build a centerpiece for the table instead of keeping it plain. It’s not that difficult when you use items you find around the house.
Styling Tip #1
Use craft paper as the basis of your tablescape. You can keep it plain or layer it with different runners. We used sheer tulle, macrame and linen for three different styles. You can also use it by itself and add crayons or pens for the kids to show their creativity, or encourage them to write out what they are thankful for.
Styling Tip #2
Use tall candlesticks, lanterns or even pieces of driftwood to serve as centerpieces. You don’t always have to take a trip to the florist or grocery store to find your centerpiece options. Use vegetables or fruit in baskets or bowls that you have on hand.
Styling Tip #3
Grab a bag and some shears and head out to your backyard, neighbor’s yard (with permission!) or the park. I love to grab my burlap bag and head out to collect pinecones, pine boughs, vines, holly and other branches in lush parks in my neighborhood.
You can also use these to perk up the center of the plate by tying a simple ribbon or twine around the branch.
Styling Tip #4
I like to set a small item at each person’s place setting, such as a pumpkin or leaf or ornament with their name written on it. These are the small details that I find make each person feel a little more special, plus it serves as a little gift that they can take home as a remembrance of the day.
I hope these simple tips help you build beautiful seasonal tablescapes and inspire you to embrace your creativity. Don’t be afraid to play and pull from all the elements that help you evoke the beauty of the season you are celebrating. And remember this process is supposed to be fun.
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