Setting The Space,A Christmas Dinner

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A few day until Christmas, I hope if your reading this - you have all your Christmas shopping done & and presents wrapped with care. This past Sunday we hosted Christmas for Pauls - Mom’s side. We go back to Canada every year for the holidays, hence having Christmas dinner a week earlier. Designing & hosting a dinner, this was my dream. Even with the MAJOR lack of space, it was nothing a bottle of wine and night of brainstorming couldn’t fix. I had imagined the tablescape to be very different, but you have to work with what you have - and that we did. The flatware (rosegold & silver combo) and glassware (4 sets of matching pairs) it was a bit eclectic, in the end the variety added character. Because we don’t host dinner parties often I saved where we could. Savers (thrift store) typically has a great collection of candlesticks. I also had a few on hand from H&M home a few years back. Amazon win for the tablecloth($10) and HomeGoods for a bulk set of linen napkins. Here a few tips i’ve put together for styling a tablescape that is sure to be ultra Instagramable.

COLOR SCHEME

This isn’t to be over thought, but does require some consideration. 2-5 colors is a good place to start. Begin with your base, here I chose white, mainly because I already had the plates on hand and I wanted to let the the grey/blue plates pop. The cool blue/grey plates with a green garland played as my base accent colors. The red berries added a nice extra pop of color, tied in with black tapered candles.

PLATE STYLING

Here I would suggest perusing Pinterest for some inspiration, this is a great chance to play with your creativity. You can add a menu list, name tags, little party gifts - the ideas are endless. I was going to wrap the flatware in a thick red bow, but opted for simplicity in the final hour.

ADDING AMBIANCE

I mean, this really goes for any situation. Candles & different levels of lighting are the KEY to setting the mood. I added two styles for extra depth to the space. Aside from candles string lights work really well.

CENTERPIECE

A few different options here. You can go with a string garland style, one main centerpiece or a few smaller vases to fill the space. However you plan it out, make sure the design is still functional for the setting.

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Planning so many tiny details can get a bit exhausting (ok REALLY exhausting). Stick with simplicity and go with your gut. At the end of the day

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