This post was sponsored by The Folding Tablecloth. All ideas and opinions are my own.
In this post, we are sharing some of our favorite ideas for pulling together a formal holiday table.
How many of you have additional guests during the holiday season? I know in our family, we welcome extended family and friends during the holidays each and every year. While we would love to seat them all at our formal dining table, that isn’t always an option. So, we pull out our folding tables and chairs, add a stunning floor length linen from The Folding Table Cloth, and instantly create additional seating! Once you have created enough seating for your holiday dinner party guests, it’s time to set the table. So, we are sharing a few tips for setting an elegant holiday tablescape using a simple folding table as a base below. We hope you find inspiration and a few new ideas for your upcoming holiday events!
Formal Holiday Tablescape- Setting the Table
First, add a floor length linen. This is of particular importance when using a folding table, as it will cover it’s legs. For our formal holiday tablescape, we chose this amazing red color from The Folding Table Cloth. Choose a complimentary linen to your space and your selected place settings.
Next, choose items to incorporate into your place settings. For visual interest and dimension, mix colors, textures and patterns. Our formal holiday tablescape place settings utilized gold, glass plate chargers, white porcelain dinner plates, and festive nutcracker salad/dessert plates. We selected monogram napkins with a red border to tie into the red table cloth and to add yet another textural component to each guest’s place setting.
Thirdly, add glassware. For a formal affair, consider adding wine and water goblets at each place setting. For a more casual get together, display a number of glassware options in a bar area or beverage station for guests to utilize.
Finally, add your table’s decor details. We are sharing tips for choosing a centerpiece and adding personalized details below.
How to Choose a Holiday Centerpiece
The most important factors to consider when selecting a holiday centerpiece are the table’s size and shape. For our rectangular folding table, we selected a long, narrow arrangement that fit perfectly between our place settings. Round, or groups of florals are ideal for a 60″ or 72″ round tablecape. Ultimately, your table’s centerpiece should work in harmony to its shape and size.
Consider scale when choosing an arrangement design. The perfect centerpiece arrangement will fill negative space within a tablescape, without intruding onto place settings or impede dinner conversation. For example, if guests will be engaged in conversation during your dinner or event, choose a low floral arrangement so that it doesn’t inhibit a guest’s view. For large scale events with multiple tables, consider adding a variety of arrangements; a mix of low and tall for visual interest. Another component to scale worth considering is the centerpiece’s dimensions. You should select a larger centerpiece for a 72″ round table than for a 60″ round table.
Holiday Tablescape- Add Personalized Details
The final, yet often most important detail to any tablescape is personalization. One of my favorite details to add is a place card. They are such a simple, yet meaningful gesture. For our formal holiday tablescape, we added script printable place cards using red font at each place setting, using these amazing brass bell holders as a stand out piece. These small details are what will set your event apart, making it memorable for all guests in attendance.
We hope you found inspiration and a few tips in the holiday tablescape ideas shared above! Don’t forget to head over to our friends at The Folding Tablecloth for their amazing full fabric coverage tablecloths, that can easily add stylish seating at your next holiday gathering.