The first things I think of when it comes to the holidays are memories around the dinner table, warm nights with spatters of candle wax on the tablecloth, and the crackle of the fire as family and friends gather in the living room. As much as I love the tradition of gift giving, the long meals with relatives near and far always make the best memories. This year, I’m excited to be bringing you ideas for holiday entertaining and decorating all season long with Target’s Wonderlist of holiday essentials. First up: two takes on a cozy holiday table.
When it comes to festive tabletops, the key is to establish a color palette, and then just have fun with it! Dressing the table is similar to dressing a Christmas tree: throw on some ornaments, light it up with candles, and add a colorful base with the tablecloth (like a tree-skirt). Don’t be afraid to have a mix of anything—chairs, glass or tableware, or table linens. Sometimes it’s those unique details that make it the most memorable.
This first table is inspired by Target’s Holiday Luxe and Alpine collections. With a simple white tablecloth and silver chargers, the table is cool and simple, but is made warm by a mix of metallic finishes and the warm glow of candles. The gold flatware is one of my favorite Threshold finds—it adds easy modern elegance to the table, and the candle votives have a mercury finish that shines beautifully. For a fun addition to the table, I used bracelets from the $1 section at the front of the store for napkin holders, and I added poinsettia ornaments to some of the settings for a glittery accent. It’s always fun to sneak party favors onto the table like those bracelets, which let your guests take home a piece of the festivities.
This next tabletop is a little wilder! I was inspired by Target’s Holiday Brights collection, and I used a red floral scarf as a runner to establish a warm palette. On this table, I used glittery feather ornaments as a whimsical touch for each setting, replaced the silver chargers with gold, and used a mixed set of beer glasses for guests’ water. I elevated the candlelight with Nate Berkus’s gold quail candleholders (aren’t they hilarious?) and used a colorful selection of pillows on the dining bench. The table is fantastical, while remaining warm and inviting.
Now remember, make your table as festive as a Christmas tree. I hope you’re feeling inspired to do some holiday entertaining this year. Let me know in the comments which table setting is your favorite!
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