Whether it’s a formal or an informal setting, Christmas is a great opportunity to make a statement in your home through tableware. Tableware itself is a great indicator of the mood and the atmosphere that will be set. Here are some tips on how to get your dining table holiday-ready.
Try to start planning on this 1 to 3 days in advance, with 2 being the sweet spot. This will give you enough time to figure out what you need and you’ll have enough time to get it, whether it’s decor for your tableware, dishes, or the food you’ll be serving.
Know what Dishes You’ll Be Using
Some homes have dishes that are only for special occasions, but if you only have one set that’s not a problem either. It’s best to have little to no designs on the plate, since this way they stay timeless and can be used for any occasion. I usually opt for white plates.
Get Out the Cloths
This could be anything from a table cloth, table runner, to even clothed napkins. Having these makes such a large difference to any table. Depending on how formal or informal this meal is, it’s usually recommended to have cloth napkins. They’re safer for the environment, however, if there is a young child that will be present at the meal then I recommend having paper napkins and/or paper towels for them.
Centerpieces are not a “must” but they can really help “make” or “break” the appearance. There are an array of selections for centerpieces such as candles, bouquets, knick-knacks, and even the main course can at times we considered the centerpiece (like how it usually is for Thanksgiving).
Or Some Ornaments on the Table Runner
If centerpieces aren’t your thing, then have small ornaments or even knick-knacks could be a great alternative. It even looks better with the table runner going across the table.
Candles are also another fantastic way to set a table, they can work as a centerpiece, the lighting, or even as a small accessory to complement the main centerpiece of the table. When it comes to candles, the possibilities are definitely endless. Since candles come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes, be sure to pick some that will go with the rest of the theme of the table. White is always an excellent choice (like the image below). Candle holders are also important and should be put into consideration, more neutral colors can be used at any time of the year.
It’s Also all About the Presentation in the Food
You don’t need to be a Michelin star chef to know how to give your food a beautiful presentation. There are plenty of ideas online, such as Pinterest and youtube on how to successfully decorate dishes. Some small ways are to pick wisely what dishes they’ll be served. Cutting boards are an excellent way to serve your food but to also give it a great rustic appearance. Garnishing your food is also another great way to help with the presentation, for example, you can use spices such as parsley or rosemary to help make it beautiful.