Tablescape: Holiday Formal Tablesetting

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If you are planning a very special Christmas or New Year’s Eve dinner for your family or friends this year, check out this holiday formal tablesetting for ideas.

I wanted to treat two special friends to a dressy dinner during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. So I decided to go with a red and silver theme to pull in Christmas and New Year’s colors. I began with a crisply ironed white cotton tablecloth as the base of my tablescape. With an oblong table and only three diners, I decided to put the centerpiece at one end of the table so the diners could easily see if from their seats. This also allowed space between the placesettings to place the main course.


I put out three silver acrylic chargers as an underpinning for the plain white dinner plates. On top of the dinner plates, I used my holly salad plates, for a touch of color–the holly has red berries and all are edged in silver. I placed white damask napkins to the left of the silverware forks.  Then I draped randomly strands of red and silver beaded garland around the interior of the table and added a few red and silver Christmas balls. Another touch was four white star votive candles which were sitting on silver star-shaped holders. I found those in a box set at a local craft store.For the centerpiece at the end of the table, I used a large clear glass vase. This vase would not work in the middle of the table because it is too tall for the guests to see over. But at the end of the table, it works well. I filled the vase with red, silver and white Christmas balls. Then I draped strands of red and silver beaded garland from the vase to the table. Beaded garland is available in many colors and is very inexpensive–it can be found in most craft and drug stores.Next to the vase, I added a clear glass candleholder on each side and used tall red taper candles. On two more clear glass candleholders, I placed red star-shaped pillar candles with red glitter at the bottom.

You could create your own tablescape using a color scheme that coordinates with your china and table linens. Christmas balls, beaded garland and candles are available in many color options. Using your imagination you can design a beautiful table to honor your family and friends this holiday season. Enjoy!

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