Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means the kick-off to holiday entertaining….particularly family gatherings and dinner parties. Paul Schatz Furniture’s in-house designers can help you create a beautiful holiday table. Come into the store for ideas! And follow these easy tips to create a stunning table for small or large groups:
1. Invest in Classic White Dishes
For the biggest bang for your buck and a versatile, timeless look, use classic white dinnerware for entertaining. White dishes also show food to its best advantage— which is why the pros use them.
2. Pull Out Your Vintage China
Dinner parties and the holidays are a great time to use your heirloom china—or the mismatched collection of flea market finds you’ve collected. Either mix different sets with the same color family or unite different patterns by mixing in white dishes for a visual break.
3. Add a Table Runner
A white tablecloth is always classic, but you can add a layer of color and dimension to your table setting by choosing a runner cloth in a contrasting tone or design. Or leave a beautiful, textured wood table bare and simply use a table runner in the center.
4. Cloth Napkins Add Extra Elegance
Cloth napkins are one of the most classic ways to instantly dress up your table. Napkin rings aren’t necessary; simply fold napkins or roll and tie with a ribbon and a sprig of green. Don’t forget to iron napkins if you have time!
5. Make Place Cards
Handmade place cards at each setting cost little but make guests feel special. Simply write names on plain white or colored card stock using a metallic or black pen. For Thanksgiving, you could add paper for guests to jot down what they are thankful for!
6. Light Candles
Candles and their flickering glow are a simple way to add impact and atmosphere. Group pillar candles of different heights for the easiest of centerpieces (be sure to choose unscented candles to avoid clashing with the food).
7. Make a “Natural” Centerpiece
Find serving pieces, vases, pitchers, or bowls from your everyday collection and fill them with a sprig of fir, fruits, pinecones, or branches. After all, we are Oregonians with access to so much natural beauty!
8. Utilize a Buffet or Side Board
Set food up on a buffet next to the table to avoid overloading the table top and detracting from your decorations.
Don’t forget, Paul Schatz Furniture also offers gorgeous table top accessories, on sale now for the holidays!