If you’re hosting any part of the holidays, be it Christmas Eve dinner or brunch with your closest friends, your guests will feel most welcomed when you give your attention to the details of your dining table. You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to make thoughtful, inviting tablescapes for your guests to admire before enjoying their meals. And just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you can’t take the outside indoors. Here are some ideas to create a nature-filled winter tablescape that will dazzle your guests.
How to create beautiful winter tablescapes:
These are easy, and fun, especially if you have little ones. Dress up a pinecone by dipping it in paint or glitter. White frosted paint lends a more sophisticated look. Place it on a sprig of evergreen atop your napkin.
Fill a vase, or multiple vases of different sizes with pinecones. To spice it up, color the pinecones differently, or mix with ornaments and/or evergreens.
Use a faux garland for to place on your table, but use real evergreen to stick into the garland as accents. Among your garland, randomly place pinecones and candles for a rustic look.
Nestle your candles in small beds of evergreen or inside your hurricane glasses or vases.
Stick a spring of evergreen in your napkin holder for a subtle, but warm effect. If you happen to have a holly bush in your garden, a sprig of holly also creates a lovely effect.
Twigs and Branches
These are really easy to come by! You can create (or buy, if you’re not inclined to create) tiny bird’s nests to place on each setting. Add a tiny red bird for effect, available at your local craft store.
Create a really dramatic look by sawing some heavier, branched twigs off a tree in your yard and place them alone, in a vase. Hang ornaments if you feel so inclined, but the branches alone, surrounded by evergreen or holly will create a lovely, rustic, winter look.
You probably have some lying around in the garage. Wrap some twine around your vases, candles or napkin holders. Remember, it’s all in the details!