With Thanksgiving just around the corner and Hanukkah and Christmas on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to prepare for the holiday season. No festive celebration is complete without a dinner table topped with delicious family recipes and beautiful decorations.
When you’re dressing your dining room for the holidays, you should focus on creating a cozy atmosphere that will work for both your dining space and your guests. Here’s how to keep those considerations in mind and ensure a winning holiday get-together in your home this year.
Seek Inspiration From Nature
As temperatures start to drop and the days get shorter, we naturally turn towards warmth and light to inspire and comfort us.
Your table’s centerpiece is the focal point of your dining room table, and it’s the perfect place to set the tone of your cozy holiday meal. Incorporate natural details, such as gourds, foliage, and deep-colored flowers into your centerpiece for a rustic touch. Choose tablecloths, runners, placemats, and napkins to match these rich seasonal tones and you’ll successfully bring nature’s fall color palette indoors — and impress your guests.
By placing rich throws and cushions on your dining chairs, you’ll introduce soft textures to your dining room while keeping your company nice and cozy. This is especially effective if you have a contemporary dining room with minimalist-style furniture and sleek lines. Dimming the lights and using candles around the room is another great way to create some extra magic at this time of year.
Work With Your Dining Space
When it comes to dressing your ideal holiday dining space, it’s important to think about the size of your dining room.
If you have a large dining area complete with a generously sized table, you can go for a more formal look, simply because you have more space for opulent decorations. Take the opportunity to really build out your centerpiece with intricate details, such as ribbons and jewels. For an added touch of glamor, lean towards metallic accents; brass works well for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, while gold is a classic choice for Christmas.
Of course, a smaller dining room is not without its benefits. Less space means more intimacy, so opt for creative and quirky details for a more informal festive meal. This holiday dinner may be the perfect time to pull out that ombre linen collection you purchased on a whim, or put to use the handblown glasses crafted by your eccentric aunt. You can even mix and match chairs for a totally unique decorative style.
Keep Your Guests in Mind
The holidays are about gathering with those we love the most, so remember to take your guests into consideration when dressing your dining room for the holidays.
Make sure you don’t build your centerpiece too high, or else your guests won’t be able to see one another across the table. This is particularly important if you have any little ones attending your holiday get-together. If you decide to use low-lighting, test that it’s still bright enough to see well before the meal begins. While a cozy atmosphere is key to a festive celebration, your dining room has to be as functional as it is beautiful if everyone is to have a great time.
Show your special guests just how much they mean to you with a personalized touch at their place setting. A handwritten name card with a thoughtful note, or a small, handmade gift goes a long way to making your guests feel welcomed and loved — and isn’t that what the holidays are all about?
Visit Good’s Furniture today to find the perfect pieces for your dining room this holiday season!