Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the winter solstice or just can’t wait for New Year’s Eve, setting a festive table is one of the most fun ways to get into the holiday mood and impress your dinner guests.
And if you know me, you know that I like to make things truly unique and special for my clients, so it makes sense that I would be inspired by tablescapes that are special, too. Whether your style is dark and moody, bright and white, Bohemian, rustic, chic, traditional, contemporary, over-the-top festive or comfy cozy hygge, here are a few inspirational winter tablescapes that will take you far beyond the holidays and leave your guests oohing and ahhing all the way to spring.
Tradition with a Twist
If traditional Christmas is your thing, why not give it a twist this year and bring on the pastels. Layering dozens of ornaments down the table like a runner or dressing your table up with a collection of nostalgic bottle brush trees are two ways to make your tabletop merry and bright with pink, white and turquoise playing a major role. Remember, Christmas doesn’t have to be just red and green. Your holiday décor should complement your year-round style.
Dark and Moody
More of the dark and moody type? The next four tablescapes incorporate the darker, rich tones of winter with their deep purples, rich reds, shocking pinks, and touches of gold, brass and copper to create an inky, vintage kaleidoscope of jewel tones. I could sit at these tables all night (with a nice pinot, of course).
You can never go wrong building a tablescape around seasonal fruits. Use them on their own, or mix them in with florals or natural elements, such as pinecones or winter greens. Oranges, clementines, lemons, pomegranates, kiwis, persimmons, apples, pears and berries make a dazzling and colorful display all winter long.
Back to Nature
Natural elements, such as eucalyptus, pussy willow, pinecones, fresh greens, even tree slice chargers, make a winter tablescape warm and inviting.
Texture is Key
A variety of textures add interest and warmth to any tabletop and especially winter ones. The patterned, woven cloth, rattan chargers and sumptuous palette of chocolate brown and navy against crisp white china creates a tabletop that is layered to perfection.
Boho Chic for the Win
The amazing tablescape on the left is perfection in my book with its rich, colorful and luxurious boho chic style. I want this absolutely gorgeous tablescape in my house! I love it so much I chose it as the featured photo in this post. The tablescape in the photo on the right is also fabulous and similar in feel. Loving the purples and golds. So regal, yet with a definite eclectic vibe.
Let There Be Light
Drippy white candles and twinkling fairy lights add soft, magical ambience to these two tabletops.
Black is a classic color that takes wintery tablescapes over the top. Add green and gold, and the effect is quite dramatic. Oh, and the feather in the first photo is a nice touch!
Love these black and white plates with the colorful flowers dancing down the middle of the table. Classic contemporary done right.
If you’re a fan of the peaceful hygge vibe, you’ll love this tablescape, which uses a comfy cozy sweater blanket as its tablecloth. Hygge means not sweating the small stuff, and this tablescape is all about not overdoing, just enjoying. Classic white china and a simple bouquet of eucalyptus complete this easy, yet beautiful casual look. (Want to read more about hygge? CLICK HERE).
Life on Summerhill
Make it Fun
Love origami? CLICK HERE for a fun video that will help you hone your napkin folding skills for another awe-inspiring table.
Which Fork Is Which?
And finally, while looking at photos for this blog post, I realized how in so many of the photos I ran across the table wasn’t set properly. Since I grew up with a mother who hammered this etiquette into my head, I have decided to pass this knowledge along to all of you. CLICK HERE for all the “how-to’s” for both formal and informal table settings. Next time you entertain the Queen, she will be impressed with your skills.
So what do you think? Ready to take your tabletop over the top this winter? Or perhaps you’d rather play it classic and cool. Whatever your style, whatever the occasion, have fun with your tablescapes this winter. Remember, the festivities don’t have to end on January 2.
January is also a great time to get going on those design projects you’ve been meaning to start. If you’re ready to go, so are we! Give us a call at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to contact us.