It has been a rough year for everyone and coming up to the Holiday Season, I think the most important thing would be to spend it with the people we love most. If you are like me and enjoy having a beautifully set table with festive decor, try and make use of what you have in your décor box and add as little as possible.
Here are a few tips to create a beautiful setting for the day with a few easy festive decor tips.
Whatever you have in the cupboard, plain or patterned will do.
I have opted for a white cotton table cloth which sets a neutral background to my setting.
Placemats add another level of texture, they come in all different materials and finishes and frame your choice of plates beautifully.
Again, use what you have, big white dinner and side plates are always a winner, especially if your tablecloth is patterned, different shaped plates will add some fun. Cutlery, silver, gold, or bronze will add to the festive atmosphere.
Napkins can be folded in many fun ways to add texture and different forms. Add a little something from the garden for that special touch to the festive decor.
Instead of ordering in your centrepiece, get creative with something you put together yourself.
I have gone for dried silver fynbos and splashes of dried red flowers to add some contrast and finished it off with a big hessian ribbon around a vintage jug vase. This can be moved to the side once guests take their seats and replaced with something lower to be able to look one another in the eye.
We changed it up with a simple rock rose from the garden in a small glass vase. Both flower arrangements can be used later without too much maintenance. I also scattered a string of bells in the middle of the table that normally goes on the tree, this adds a bit of jingle.
Remember to light the candles, they add such a lovely atmosphere to the day.
There is nothing better during the holiday season than the whimsical feeling of getting together, beautiful smells from the oven and carols in the background.
Go for something calming in the background whilst around the table.
Remember to keep your festive decor simple, the garden is full of beauty that can add to your special day.
Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday season, may your day be special and may your hearts be grateful for another year celebrated with the people closes to us. For more festive ideas visit our previous blog, ‘T’is the Season to be Merry & make our home’s guest ready.’