5 Musts for Tabletop Décor

The holidays are here! As you get ready to set your holiday table, make sure you’ve got these musts for tabletop décor in mind…

  1. Holiday-table-decorationKeep it simple. A busy table can cause more problems than just serving difficulties. It’s easy to go overboard on the centerpiece, dishes, utensils, linens, accents, and so on, but avoid doing so! The table should be your presentation of the meal, and not the other way around. Keep it simple by starting from the necessary elements (like the serving dishes and cutlery), and then slowly add the extras. As a helpful tip for decoration, plan your centerpiece to take up a proportionate amount of the center of the table, so as not to crowd the place settings. Then add the candles and smaller table accents if there’s space that needs filling.
  2. Set it before you sit. Put out the empty serving dishes and utensils, as well as all of the dishes and décor before the big day. This way, you can make sure the table isn’t over-stuffed, and that it will look nice once everyone is seated and enjoying the meal.
  3. Add colorful accents. You can’t go wrong with a bright pop of color around the holiday table to spice things up. Choose colorful goblets or drinking glasses to stand out against neutral place settings. Or select a brilliant bouquet to use both color and texture to cheer up the tabletop. A colorful surprise here and there is sure to delight.
  4. Insert natural elements. ‘Tis is the season for pumpkins, pinecones, and evergreen boughs! Add some elements from outside to your tabletop, for a refreshing, traditional touch. Paint them, mix them in with man-made accents, or embellish them with ribbon, lace or string for a unique twist.
  5. Don’t go too high. Remember that the point of the meal is to gather and share a meal with family, friends, and loved ones while having conversation. Décor that goes too high will make that objective difficult, since it blocks views and dampens dialogue. Keep your centerpiece and decorative tabletop accents shorter than your guests’ average chest level if the décor is thick and hard to see through. If it’s tall and skinny (like an elevated candlestick), it won’t impede the conversation.

Happy Holidays from the team at GG Home and GG Interiors! We wish you a safe, warm holiday season.

 

Hassle-Free Holiday Decorating

You’ve got family coming into town, meals to plan – including the big one – and way too much to do! How are you going to decorate for the holidays too? To help lighten your workload and shorten your to-do list just a little bit, we have some helpful, hassle-free holiday decorating tips:

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Use a natural touch. Bring on the gourds, be-needled branches, holly, and pinecones! Decorate your mantle, shelves, and tabletop with the items au natural, or spray-paint, glitter, or be-jewel them for color or sparkle.

Keep it simple. You’re spending all of that time cooking, baking, and hostess-ing away, don’t let your holiday décor take over. Give your overhead lighting some simple accents by hanging ornaments or ribbon, or deck the ledges with sleek pillar candles in seasonal shades. For a colorful, dramatic look, fill hurricane vases and glass jars with bright ball ornaments.

Add a feathery flourish. Feathers are the stylish accent for just about anything these days, so don’t forget about them in your holiday decorating! They bring instantaneous texture and contrast wherever they are applied.

Embellish with metals. Metallic finishes are trending in design right now – don’t miss a chance to bring on the shimmer with your fall and winter décor! Catch eyes and start conversations with shining gold, glittering silver, polished bronze, or gleaming copper.

carolyn-roehm-fall-tablescapeUse seasonal hues. In your dishes and tabletop decorating, look for colors inspired by the season: olive green, cozy burgundy, glowing orange, butternut gold, etc. Contrast them against something surprising, like the blue and white tablecloth shown in the photo above.

Color with candy! The sweet stuff can make a spectacular statement when you use it for decorating instead of eating. Fill up vases and clear bowls with layers of colored candy, or string wrapped sweets together by stapling them end-to-end for vibrant garland swag.

Happy holiday decorating! We wish you the best from GG Home this holiday season.