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Create the Perfect Holiday Table

A beautifully set table isn’t just nice to look at and snap photos for Instagram. It creates a feeling of festivity and encourages us to embrace much-needed celebratory moments. Whether sharing a special meal with small gathering of loved ones or hosting a large family celebration, our tablespaces deserve a little pomp and seasonal splendor. Try some of these creative and festive ideas for decorating your fall table.

Add Layers

Use different sets and patterns of dishes and linens to create layers and give your table a sense of dimension. Depending on the formality of the event, napkins can easily help add dimension to your table. Place a folded napkin under the place setting or use napkin rings - even a simple napkin knot will help add depth for a more decorative look.

Add Height

You can literally elevate your tablescape from everyday to holiday by adding vertical elements, from tapers and candlesticks to champagne flutes and other stemware that adds height. Remember to keep your guests in mind by staggering the heights to allow for conversation, so that no one feels as though their view is being blocked.

Seasonal Touches

Figs, pears and other fall fruits can add seasonal flavor for both the palate and the eye, from using apples as candlesticks to creating a centerpiece out of a beautifully decorated pie or cake. Fill old spice tins, ceramics and other interesting vessels with flowers and foliage from a local flower shop, farmers market or even your own backyard garden to really get in the seasonal spirit. Adding organic elements help the table feel homey and celebrated. Foliage and flowers aren’t just for a centerpiece—get creative and use a sprig of rosemary, lavender, or any other trimming on top of each plate.

Personal Touches

Handwritten place cards, menus and other thoughtful gestures can add authentic intimacy to the table. Consider sending your guests home with small box of macaroons or muffins for the morning. For an extra special touch, give each guest a monogramed napkin or a DIY gift that draws inspiration from the table. Not only do parting gifts add something special to the scene, but they also serve as fun crafts that the whole family can assemble for a festive and memorable setting.

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