Dinners and gatherings during the holidays are some of the most important occasions of the year with family and friends, so we naturally want to make our table settings as extraordinary and unforgettable as possible.
As a host, it should reflect our personality, but we can always do something unexpected with a touch of theater or drama.
Create a story
The nativity may be the reason for celebrating Christmas, but if you take inspiration from crèche tableaus, there are many other scenes with stories that can be told, like village people, shepherds, and farmers, which can make a charming centerpiece together with foliage, greens, berries, and fruits. Or you can look at what figures you have in the house and make up your own narratives. The bronze deer in our garden became inspiration for a tableau of animals following the star of Bethlehem, going through woodlands we created on our holiday buffet table.
Not everything has to be earth or table-bound. You can intersperse low floral arrangements with tall vases so that the flowers are soaring above eye level, providing festivity without distracting from the conversation. You can also festoon the chandelier with flowers and/or ornaments to bring the celebration to a higher level. If you don’t have a chandelier, you can hang tree branches above the table and embellish them with blooms.
Red, the traditional Christmas color, always gives a shot of energy to jumpstart the celebrations.
Create warmth with nature
Bringing nature to your table creates relaxation, which sets the right mood for celebration. Greens and earth tones are soothing reminders of the outdoors and natural materials like bamboo, shells, and mother-of-pearl add to the warm feeling. For even better vibrations, add crystals and minerals to the setting. For the joy of abundance, fruits, nuts and other harvests from the farm can fill bowls and trays.
Create drama with color
Red, the traditional Christmas color, always gives a shot of energy to jumpstart the celebrations. Complement the rich color with greens and metallics for a balanced look. If red’s too strong for you, try magenta, the color of the year 2023, or pink.
What a boring world it would be if everything always matched, so play around with table service by going wild with colors, patterns, textures, and mismatching pieces as you go along. It’s Christmas, after all, and it’s your party so you can go crazy if you want to.