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Have you enjoyed our holiday party posts so far? We have so much more to share with you! Last week, we talked all about the fireplace design in the rustic party space at Knoxville’s gorgeous Botanical Garden. This week, we’ll share our DIY project ideas for creating a perfect holiday table. Today, read on to find our top 8 tips to help you plan and create a table setting that sets a festive mood — without making you pull your hair out. But first, here’s a peek at the finished design:

Holiday Table Setting Ideas From HGTV and DIY Network

Let decorations do double (or triple!) duty. When we started planning a holiday celebration for the Design Happens and Made + Remade crews, we shied away from traditional colors. Why? Apart from the fact that we just wanted something a little bit different for our table design, using a plum and turquoise palette with lots of metallics makes these decorations feel perfectly appropriate from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s Eve. One set of DIY projects for the whole season? Yes, please!

Holiday Table Setting Ideas From HGTV and DIY Network

Low centerpieces keep the conversation flowing. We chose a short-in-stature, tall-on-style centerpiece (how-to video coming to tomorrow’s Weekday Crafternoon!) made from a length of gutter and winter florals, plus a hanging branch centerpiece strung with dried cockscomb. That left eye level open, making it easier for guests to chat and enjoy the party.

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We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

Stitch GraphicTake stock of what you already have. A few weeks before your holiday party, dust off your silverware, plates, glassware and tabletop accessories. Do you have enough of each for your guests? Can you mix and match items you already have with a few new ones to create an eclectic look? Here, we mixed Marianne’s patterned china with vintage gold-tipped glass salad plates. Using coordinated-but-mismatched pieces gives the table a more casual vibe.

Holiday Table Setting Ideas From HGTV and DIY Network

Decide what to buy and what to DIY. We chose simple, affordable projects like stamped napkins, paint-dipped silverware, twig placecard holders and mercury-glass votives to personalize the party, but we used store-bought placemats and accessories to round out the look. Be realistic about how much time you have to devote to DIY projects during the hectic holiday season, and check projects off the list as far in advance as you can. Only have time for one project? Focus on something high-visibility, like napkins or placecards, to make guests feel special with just a little extra effort.

Holiday Table Setting Ideas From HGTV and DIY Network

Don’t go overboard with pattern. Since we chose patterned placemats, plates and napkins, we went with a solid-colored fabric runner to tie the look together. A frayed fabric edge adds detail without overwhelming the eye.

Set the table the day before your party.  If time and space allow, set up your table ahead of time. That will give you time to prepare the food, drinks and yourself on the day of the gathering.

Holiday Table Setting Ideas From HGTV and DIY Network

And the most important tip of all — don’t forget to have fun and enjoy your friends and family! If the host is stressed, so is the party. So, take a deep breath and let any unfinished details go when the guests arrive. It’s time to party!

Stay tuned to Design Happens and Made + Remade all week long for step-by-step instructions to create this table at home.

How do you set the table for Thanksgiving and the holiday season? Any tips I’ve missed? 

12 Responses

  1. gemma says:

    I think when dressing a table for an occassion, as long as you have one impressive, feature item, such as a large silver centrepiece, you can then add to this with cheaper items. I think you have done a grand job on the table above and some great tips can be taken. Its all about the tableware :)
    Gemma
    - http://www.acsilver.co.uk

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