Hostess with the Mostess: 4 Table Setting Tips That Help You WOW

The holidays are here and with quarantining still a thing of the present, you might just have a little extra time to focus on some table setting details to make even the smallest holiday gathering extra special. Here are 4 tips from Ai STUDiO to get you on your way to creating a unique holiday experience.

Christmas table setting

1. Set an Intention for Your Event

With COVID-19, you undoubtedly have already carefully curated a guestlist. But what is your vision for the event? Think about how your guests will interact and consider the amount of space needed and overall purpose. Do you want one big table complete with table settings, glassware and family-style meals? Or does your “quarantine-crew” typically prefer to eat in a comfortable living space around a coffee table? Whether you are planning on buffet-style serving or a more formal sit-down approach, there are still endless ways to creatively decorate the event.

2 . Establish an Aesthetic

Similar to choosing an aesthetic for interior design in a room, consider selecting a theme such as winter wonderland, art deco glamour or rustic plaid for your event. Allow your theme to play into the decor, floral arrangements and even food.

The aesthetic will also have a direct impact on the glassware, flatware and space needed for each setting. Are you going for a luxurious setting and including both red and white wine glasses, multiple plates, and flatware for each course? Or are you opting for a more family friendly holiday meal, with a single glass and fewer utensils?

Christmas table setting

3. Delight With Details

While details can often be overlooked by a stressed-out host or hostess, they are always appreciated by the discerning guest. Avoiding clutter on the table and sticking to monochromatic settings with pops of colors in napkins or centerpieces will elevate your dinner. If opting for a more rustic tabletop, aim for low greenery for centerpieces, antique tableware, and textured linens. Consider adding small houseplants to add warmth and brightness without blocking the view across the way. 

If you are thinking of a more casual dining experience in a living room, side tables or coffee tables don’t have to be neglected! You can add decor to the center of those tables as well to maintain your overall event style.

The most important detail, however, is lighting. The mood of the dinner is directly impacted by this element. No matter the season, it is important to create a space that is warm and inviting for friends and family. Utilizing a fireplace and adding candles to your tablescape can all create a cozy holiday ambiance.

Christmas table setting

4. Find a Festive Focal Point

In addition to the tablescape, you can elevate your holiday event by creating a memorable experience for your guests. Like a provocative work of art, consider adding a “statement piece” to your dinner party that guests will remember long after the event. This could be a specialty cocktail, fun holiday favor or even an interactive experience. ​

Whether you are hosting a family fun Christmas dinner or a glamourous four course Christmas extravaganza, a successful tablescape will wow your guests and set the standard for an elegant yet festive evening. 

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