Do you worry about holiday spending? Does financial stress put a damper on your seasonal cheer? We have some great tips on how you can create a luxurious looking holiday table without cutting into your holiday shopping funds.
Explore Your Home
I’m sure there are many items in your home that don’t scream “festive” but when used well can help create the perfect dining table. A plain white tablecloth can make the ideal base for an elegant yet festive table. A few small glass bowls can be filled with different colored candy, making a delicious holiday table treat. A bright scarf can make for a pretty table runner.
Create Your Own Centerpiece
I love candles and often use floating candles as a centerpiece on my own festive table. They bring a beautiful warmth to the table, and make my home-cooked food look even more tempting. Another great centerpiece idea is to fill a plain glass vase with pine cones and paper ribbons, or you can even set a bowl of floating apples on your table. Both these centerpieces cost virtually nothing and create a rustic-chic-feel effectively that will definitely get your guests talking. You can create your own centerpiece in no time with just a little imagination. Try recycling a pumpkin and using it as a vase, or wrap ribbons around an old glass bottle and fill it with with flowers. If you are feeling more ambitious then check out this step- by-step guide on how to build a centerpiece yourself.
Inspiration in Nature
You can find some beautiful store bought wreaths and nature inspired decorations, or you can always opt to do it yourself . Step outside and gather pine cones and beautiful fall leaves to scatter over your table. A simple bowl of oranges will add a splash of color to any drab looking table.
Mix & Match
The more guests you invite the more plates you’re going to need. Rather than shopping for a new dinner service, mix and match what you have. A bit of mixing and matching can create a fun, memorable and cheerful table that your guests will certainly enjoy.
Focus On Taste
As much as you would like your guests to love the taste of your food, you’ll want them to appreciate your taste in design as well. Avoid falling into the trap of shopping for kitsch. If you are planning to purchase items to decorate your home keep them simple and tasteful. Make sure you buy classic decorations that you will be able to use again and again, for years to come.No Table, No Worry
These days not having a table is no excuse for not hosting. A buffet is a fun alternative to the typical sit down holiday meal. Decorate a side table or server using any of the table decorating ideas and give your guests a festive party to remember.
Be sure to check out our Decorative Accents sectionfor more design inspiration, and please send us in photos of your decorated tables – we’d love to feature them here on the site!