Instead of building an elaborate centerpiece or spending hundreds of dollars on fancy china, stick with this year's dinner table trends, which are simple and classic with a twist of sparkle, glamour and rustic charm. All you need are a few key pieces to bring your dream tablescape to life -- no big wallet or fancy decorator needed!
Whichever trend you pick -- sparkly, classic or rustic -- use pieces you already own and spruce them up for a show stopping (and cheap!) tablescape.
The key to an elegant dinner table is to keep it simple, yet still incorporate your theme. If you are going with sparkle and shine, choose a few sparkly elements to keep it tasteful. Too much can looked cluttered and cheap. Use glittery votives and crisp white plates with sparkly place cards. For a sparkle themed holiday shoot, Kristi from Luna and Chloe Weddings added a shimmery centerpiece to her table design by placing glittery Christmas ornaments in a decorative hurricane. To keep the look sophisticated, use white linens with metallic napkins with silver and ornate napkin rings. Another way to add some sparkle is to tie some tinsel around your vase or wine glasses.
To me, classical dinner settings are sometimes the best. They aren't overly complicated, use simplistic designs and decorative pieces and are easy to alter to fit your personality. Classic dinner settings use solid staples, like gold rimmed plates, solid napkins and a simple place card. Jacin of Lovely Little Details incorporated New England, where she grew up, into her place setting by adding a maple cookie to her holiday dinner table. Elegant touches, like place cards with calligraphy or satin napkins, create a truly memorable experience. If you don't have fancy china, spruce up your dinner plates with holiday patterned place mats, like these from Williams-Sonoma.
I love the resurgence of the rustic, country cottage look this holiday season! To me, country classic involves really natural, organic colors and pieces, like freshly picked cotton, garden roses and fresh fruit. For a rustic themed dinner table, use mini pumpkins as your place cards and decorate with real (or plastic) leaves for an autumn look. Create a rustic centerpiece by placing sticks, cotton stalks and potpourri plants in a vase with a seasonal colored ribbon on it. Adding wooden decorative pieces, like mini holiday statues and coasters and sticking with white or pale plates and organically colored napkins create the perfect country cottage look!
Create a truly incredible table setting and tablescape this year and leave your friends and family speechless (and thoroughly impressed with your Martha Stewart ingenuity)!
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