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Create the Perfect Holiday Dining Table Setting

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So, we’re right in the middle of the holidays and you, being this year’s hotshot hostess (or host), have already cleaned the house, strung the lights with care and planned the main course like an Iron Chef with the countdown nearing zero.

But, to bring it all together you need the dining table setting to be just right. Of all the possibilities, how do you decide?

Simple vs. Complex

You’ll often find that the decision is already made for you, so the first thing to consider is whether you have the time and money to get into something really complex. If so, there are lots of little extras that can make a table setting stand out:

- a centerpiece (of course)
- “fancy” tablewareflatware and stemware
- napkin rings
- placemats
- table place cards
- table runners
- candles
- linens (tablecloths and/or napkin)
- chair cushions and/or slipcovers
- gifts

And, if you really want to impress your guests, you can even coordinate all these things!

But, let’s say that’s too much. If so – and if you’re anything like us, it is – you can give a point value to these 10 things (or however many options you may have) and go with the ones at the top of your list.

Aesthetics vs. Utility

Keep in mind that clutter is an appetite killer. Tables that are too busy are hard to enjoy, and tables with no room for you to put your fork down are even worse.

Let the size of your table combined with your list of must-haves from above determine the proper balance. For example, if a centerpiece is more important to your arrangement than candles and you’re running out of room, cut the candles. Or, you can find clever workarounds, like affixing the place cards to the backs of the chairs or putting candles in your centerpiece.

Store-Bought vs. DIY Décor

And, of course, you can always save money by making your own place cards, napkin rings, centerpieces and even placemats out of found objects in your home. For example, butcher paper can make for a creative table linen (especially at the kiddie table, so they can color on it) and ribbon will serve as a lovely napkin ring when you tie it into a beautiful bow.

Use these dining table setting tips and you’re sure to enjoy your company and your meal more than ever before.

This topstitched, trimmed table runner from Chooty and Co. is made in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with 100% polyester.  

This simple yet elegant centerpiece bowl from Dessau Home is crafted in brass and feature an antique silver finish.

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