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Perfect Holiday Tablescapes for Less

By: Sarah Beaumont

November 21, 2016

The whole fam is gathering around your table this holiday season for a feast like no other. Obviously, you want your place to look impeccable, but you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on new decorations. Well, the tablescape is the place to start. There’s no need to have the finest china or a set of solid silver candlesticks. With minimal effort, your table decor can make a huge impression. Read on for fool-proof ways to enhance your spread, just in time for the holidays.

Add a personal touch

Paper and a pen can go a long way. If you’re serving a set menu, list each course out on pretty sheets of paper so your guests can get an idea of what’s in store for the evening. Otherwise, get crafty and create small place cards to mark everyone’s seat at the table.

Make your own placemats

Speaking of paper, there’s no need to purchase new cloth placemats when you can easily make your own. Some thick, handmade paper adds a beautiful, rustic touch to the table.

Keep it seasonal


While you’re shopping for dinner ingredients, stop by the produce section for some seasonal foods that double as decor. Mini gourds and pumpkins make great tabletop decorations. If you’re lacking sparkle, try painting your pumpkins a shiny gold or silver.

Break out the holiday decorations

Even if it’s too early to decorate the tree, you can still use some of those beloved ornaments on the table. Dig through your box of holiday decorations and see what can be repurposed.

Take full advantage of your florals

We’re all for the neutral shades of fall, but a little color can go a long way. And so can your bouquet. Carry through with color by placing pieces of your floral arrangements on each guest’s plate.

Use natural accents

You’re already gathering your family and friends around the table, so why not gather up a bit of nature, too? A bunch of rosemary and lavender tied with a piece of yarn is a simple, fragrant touch for any tabletop. Into the look of reclaimed wood? Head to the craft store for slices of solid wood that can be used as placemats or as a surface to set hot dishes

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