As the beginning of November draws nigh, it’s time to start thinking about holiday parties. If you’re someone who typically prefers to attend them at other people’s homes, kudos to you. All you need to worry about is enjoying yourself and being a good guest.
On the other hand, if you typically host a gathering or party of some kind, you know that a well-decorated party is a party that is remembered. Stand-out centerpieces will catch your guests’ attention, and buffet table accents can keep them talking until next year. Plus, it’s always satisfying to look at your home and know that your decorations and setup look incredible.
If your get-together is harvest-themed, as many are in the fall, you could always go with the classic cornucopia. Lots of craft stores carry them at this time of year, and you can fill them with all sorts of tiny gourds and corn, which many farmers’ markets and orchards sell in the fall. Or if you want individual table settings, you can make little dessert cornucopias out of ice cream cones to place at each person’s spot at the table!
If your style is a little simpler, try this combination: a large cup + seasonal produce. It’s super easy, and it brings in the spirit of the season without getting overly festive or complicated. For instance, floating a few apples in a water-filled vase or cup totally cries “harvest,” and it gives your home a fresh feel at the same time. If it’s closer to Christmas, just fill a cup with cranberries and a little water, and then put a floating candle on top. So festive.
Maybe table runners are more your style. It’s easy to make a natural table runner simply by arranging evergreen springs and pine cones along the center of the table. It’ll require a little time, as you’ll need to gather as much as you want and set it up, but the effect will look effortless. If you prefer something a little more controlled, you can get a long, narrow box without a lid, or a baguette tray, and fill it with seasonal produce, pine sprigs, candles, or flowers. These are great because you get to be as creative as you like, with whichever materials you like.
Lastly, don’t forget that even if you have the perfect decorations, dining staples such as napkins and tablecloths are just as important at your party. We have a great selection of gorgeous table linens to complete your theme and help your holiday gathering go as smoothly as possible.
And if you’re looking for a little more inspiration, check out our “Table Tableaux” board on Pinterest!