Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
Holiday meals with family and friends can be some of the most cherished times. So go ahead and create a table that’s festive and memorable–not for Insta, but for your loved ones! I’d love to share some tips for how to decorate your holiday table!
Mood lighting and three forks? Or place mats and cocoa mugs? Are you planning something fine and fancy, or more casual and family friendly? Knowing the mood of the event you’re aiming for answers questions about things like taper candles and white tablecloths. But don’t dismiss the idea of using your nice things just because you’re dining with children (see below)!
It doesn’t need to be fancy, but a centerpiece helps to set the color and style of your table setting. I’ve used something as simple as vintage tins and bottles filled with white flowers and evergreens set on a runner down the length of my table. Another time, a grouping of bottlebrush and cone trees interspersed with tree ornaments. Don’t have a runner? Cut a length of Christmas wrapping paper, or use a holiday scarf.
Keep in mind the shape of your table as you plan your centerpiece. A round table calls for a cluster in the center, while a rectangle shape allows for pieces set along the length of the table.
You probably already have items in your holiday decorating stash to create a striking centerpiece: garlands, little evergreen trees, figurines, snow village pieces, florals, stems and sprays–use your imagination to combine items or colors in a new way. Call in a creative friend to help you, if needed.
While I agree there’s a time and place for paper plates and napkins (such as children’s birthday parties and backyard barbecue), I like to treat my family like company for the holidays and use my real dishes! I mean, who am I saving the good stuff for??
I made a point of this very thing when contacted for a holiday dining feature in D Magazine, a Dallas lifestyle publication.
“Bring out your special pieces, like your grandmother’s wedding plates. This time of year, I also elevate things by making my everyday table fancier and fun.”
One way to elevate your look is by building your place settings on chargers. On top I especially love to mix and match china plates for an eclectic look. They don’t even have to be holiday plates! (Do you buy holiday salad plates on clearance after Christmas? I do!)
Your guests will appreciate any special little touch you can add to your table. Santa boot or mini stocking flatware holder? Sure! Specially decorated themed cookies? Absolutely!
“I finish my tablescapes by adding an unexpected treat,” I told D Magazine.
Investing time, thought and effort into your holiday table setting is a way to show your family and guests how much they mean to you.
I wish you many memorable moments with dear ones this holiday season!
“Later on, we’ll conspire, as we dream by the fire
To face unafraid the plans that we’ve made
Walking in a winter wonderland…”
If you’re dreaming by the fire right now about home redecorating or remodeling in 2023, I’d be delighted to help you face your plans unafraid! I truly love to assist my clients create homes that are lovely and oh-so-liveable!
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