The holidays are upon us!  If you want to have a dinner that stands out from the rest, here are a few ideas to get you started!

Pick a Palette and Layer – Figure out what sort of colors you want your table to have and then use them in layers.  The tablecloth one hue or maybe a pattern, then different layering of dishes to bring out the different colors.   

Use Family Heirlooms – Use family heirloom pieces on your table.  Maybe a special vase with your arrangement in the center of the table, or maybe some candlesticks that have been passed down for generations.  Special pieces remind us of special times.

Use the China – Keep your china, stemware and beautiful flatware handy so you can use this at your dinner as well.  They may stay safe and unharmed forever, if they are boxed up or safely put in a cabinet,  but they will also not be enjoyed.

Hand Write a Note – Write little quotes to be found at eat place setting or a personal note to each guest. Maybe find a fun favor to use at the table that your guests can take home with them.  Give them something that will be theirs for after the meal.

Use Cloth Napkins – Cloth napkins always add elegance to a dinner no matter how they are folded or what color they are.  When people have these at their table, they tend to watch their manners a little more as well.

Eat Somewhere Unexpected – If it is unseasonably warm for your dinner, eat outside for something different or set up a special table in an unexpected room of your home for you meal.  Big holiday meals sometime require extra places to sit, so use your imagination on how to make it more inviting.  

A holiday meal isn’t just about eating.  It’s about celebrating your lives together as family and friends.  The atmosphere is as important as having those favorite side dishes, so take a little extra effort and make it special!

This blog was inspired by an article in Romantic Homes January 2019 issue and American Farmhouse Style Aug/Sept 2019 issue.
Photo Credit: Annie Gray

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