6 Easy Steps to Setting a Chic Holiday Table

Discover a wedding planner's tips for a achieving gorgeous at-home tablescape.

The holiday season is officially upon us, which means twinkling string lights are decorating the streets, cheerful music is playing everywhere, and your evenings are filled with office parties, get-togethers with family, and dinner parties with friends. If you are hosting a celebration this season – whether the nuptials themselves or a casual at-home soirée – we encourage you to think outside the box when it comes to your décor! 

Timeless holiday decorations in shades of evergreen and holly red are always classic, but going with a neutral color palette can be equally as gorgeous and fitting for the season. Since she recently worked on a festive shoot with a neutral color palette, we asked Callista Osborn of Callista & Company to share her expert tips for setting a chic holiday table. Take a look at the inspiring photos and read her advice below! 

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Photo by O'Malley Photographers

Discover six easy steps to setting a chic holiday table from Callista & Company:

1. Eat Dessert First
There is no better time than the holidays for an abundance of sweets, so why not welcome guests to the dinner table with a treat at each place setting?

2. Texture is Key
As soon as winter hits, I love to incorporate rich textures. Consider a velvet linen, leather place cards, or hammered flatware.

3. Keep Centerpieces Low
Encourage festive mingling across the table by keeping centerpieces low. The old standby rule is to place your elbow on the table and extend your arm upright, perpendicular to the tabletop. Your centerpiece should reach no higher than the top of your fist.

4. Cheerful Candles
As temperatures drop outside, a candle-filled tablescape creates a sense of warmth and comfort for your guests. Taper candles, in particular, add a traditional touch of elegance to your table.

5. Lush Blooms
Incorporating lots of lush blooms in your centerpieces feels particularly special, especially since trees are losing their leaves and gardens are feeling a bit sparse this season.

6. Mix Up Your Color Palette
Don’t feel tied to conventional red and green. After a month full of festive events, layered neutral tones can feel refreshing and unexpected.

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Photos by O'Malley Photographers; Bundt Cakes by Midori Bakery; Cocktails by Perfect Pour Cocktail Co.; Calligraphy by Bespoke Strokes; Floral Design by Bleedfoot Florals; Linens by La Tavola Fine Linen; Planning, Design & Rentals by Callista & Company; Printing by Copper Willow

For more ideas and isnpiration, discover expert wedding planning tips from the invitation to the menu, find out six wedding details you shouldn't forget, and preview the winter 2019 issue of Inside Weddings!

Authored by: Kelcy Christy