How to Decorate a Holiday Table

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Chesapeake Bay Candle.

Living in New York City, we don’t have friends over as often as we used to. With all the entertainment and restaurants NYC has to offer there are so many options that we always end up going to some cute food spot instead of cooking at home. This holiday season though my boyfriend and I finally made a decision to finally throw a little house party for the holidays. Based on this experience, here are some of my recommendations on how to decorate your holiday table.

Woodland Berry Candle // Cinnamon Spice Candle // Balsam Fir Candle

Pick the Focal Point

First and foremost, the rule for setting a table is to decide what would be your centerpiece. Since I just received a box of beautiful candles by Chesapeake Bay Candle, I decided that mine would be all about them. Featuring some of the most delicious and festive scents of the season, Balsam Fir and Cinnamon Spice candles make a holiday on their own. But I still decided to add a little extra sparkle and placed a few of Chesapeake Bay Candle candles on a marble tray decorated with gold dipped pine cones.

Usually, people pick food as their main focal point on the table, but in my holiday decoration case all the attention was on the candles — and it was such a cozy decision to make! It starts getting dark early so by the time sunset came to New York, we enjoyed our feast in a relaxing candlelight. Needless to say, such setting felt super cozy and relaxing.

DIY Your Tablecloth

To be honest, this part of a holiday table decoration didn’t start as a DIY project… I picked a new tablecloth that for some reason was too short for my dinner table. So, the morning before our holiday brunch I had to sew together two pieces of burlap fabric that I had for my video backgrounds.

I sew together two pieces of burlap by hand and it didn’t take too much time. The idea was to iron the burlap pieces first, quickly stitch them together, and camouflage the edges with the gold ribbon. I shared the entire experience on Instagram Stories and everyone seemed to love this last-minute tablecloth idea.

Upgrade Your Napkins Game

Inspired by my tablecloth experiment, I decided to give some love to the napkins too. Since I had a few gold-covered pine cones left, I attached them to each napkin using a thick thread from my holiday tags. The whole thing took a few minutes but the table looked so much more festive with this little DIY upgrade.

Serve on Gold

Going further with the gold accents idea, I quickly run to the nearby department store and picked super affordable changing plates. The store runs a promotion so I picked an entire set of 6 for under $10. This little investment made such a big difference though to how the entire room felt and looked after this upgrade. I used our regular plates to put on top of the serving plates and these looked so much more festive just because of a touch of gold.

Say It with Appetizers

Finally, the last focal point on the table were our appetizers. I happened to have a gold-decorated glass that I decided to use as a holder for breadsticks. Our regular cutting board happened to match the gold and burlap theme so I just styled it with cheeses. One of the things that I learned from Pinterest is that fresh fruit always looks very stylish when used as a part of table décor. Even though I had an entire plate of tangerines ready to go with the desserts, I added a few to bring some color to the table. I think this trick really worked!

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As you see in my experience, decorating a holiday table is not something that should take too much time. In fact, if you turn the entire process from a chore to a creative process, it feels like no effort at all! I hope you enjoyed my roundup on all the holiday table décor tips. I can’t wait to hear your ideas on how to make a home gathering more memorable with the help of decorating. Please share your ideas in the comments!