I am thrilled to finally be showing you our dining room holiday tablescape! I love this time of year not only because of the wonderful spirit it brings, but because I love spending so much extra time with friends and family. This year we are hosting three dinner parties, so I got to work on a fun but practical tablescape. I adore the gold bell name place holders. It gives such a festive and magical feel to the room, and my boys especially loved it. You see, they are huge fans of the Polar Express, so beautiful gold bells fascinate them!
I kept the table relatively the same as from our Thanksgiving tablescape, but added some reed holly berries to the garland, as well as some beautiful white stick candles. I think it gives such a gorgeous and romantic feeling to the room.
Each dinner plate is adorned with spruce and holly berries at the center. I felt it looked too gorgeous next to my black and white dinner napkins, I just had to use them again.
I love the look of the placemats against the garland. It brings such a natural feel to the room and doesn’t seem to forced or over the top. I ended up wrapping spruce and eucalyptus garland, and the two together are just absolutely breathtaking.
Another new feature to the room is this gorgeous bar cart you see in the corner. I’ll do a full blog post on it, as well as some tips on how to style it; but isn’t it gorgeous? I think it also gives the room and warm and cozy feel, while brining in all the holiday magic. I mean, I dare say there is nothing more magical then sipping hot cocoa by the fire with the ones you love.
and finally, hosting a party can be stressful enough as it is, so finding something beautiful to wear can add to that. I love this gorgeous sequin pencil skirt. Not only is it great for holiday hosting, but it will make the perfect New Years skirt as well. Imagine wearing this beauty while watching the ball drop.
If you are hosting a party this year and would like some tips and tricks to be the hostess with the mostest, here are a few suggestions.
- Create something out of the ordinary. For holiday parties it seems only natural to make a nice dinner, maybe a plate of cookies, or a pie for dessert. Why not make a cranberry mocktail ?They are not only festive, but will look beautiful next to a holiday tablescape.
- Think about the kids– are your guests brining their kids? Provide a small craft, or plan to make and decorate cookies together. Here are a few FREE downloadable color pages you can print out and have ready for your party. I found these at TeePeegirl.com and you can download them here
- ASK FOR HELP!!! I know this is easier said than done for some people, but it really makes all the difference. For thanksgiving we had six adults over, with their six kids. Add that to our family of five, and it was a full house! Did I mention we will have almost twice that over for Christmas? Writing out a menu and assigning different foods to different families is such a stress relief. Plus, it allows them to feel like that are able to include their own family traditions in the meal. 🙂
- Make name cards. One thing that can be a bit hard when having a lot of people over is knowing where everyone should sit. Some families might need a high chair next to them, so you’ll want to strategically plan where each individual sits so people can get in and out easily with little to no hassle. Here is a FREE downloadable name place card you can print out. I found this from the blog Lemon Sqeezy here.
- Dress to impress (but also be practical)- Whether you decide to enforce a dress code, or want to keep it casual, plan accordingly and make sure your guests know as well. If you’re wearing jeans, and all your guests show up in skirts and high heels, you might feel a bit awkward. Make sure your attire is appropriate for the setting, but also allows you to be comfortable while mingling with your guests.
I hope you all loved my holiday tablescape! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments. Happy Holidays!