In this hectic time of year, the idea of hosting a Christmas party is tempting, but the reality – clean up first, cook, then come up with creative table setting ideas – is a little overwhelming. That’s why some of our favorite party table ideas start with things we already have around the house: a spool of good leftover gift-wrapping tape, twig branches from the yard, even some grasses that don’t. were not part of the dishes on the table. Look in the attic. Look in your shelves. See each article in a new light. You don’t have to go crazy buying some frosty faux greenery to make a special table! Below are 10 party table decorating ideas based on things you probably already have on hand this time of year. (And if you happen to be in New York or New Jersey today, December 9, come to CB2’s brand new store in Paramus, NJ, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. I’ll walk you through how to style a bunch of these ideas. in person!)
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Festive gift wrap: Select gift wrap with a graphic print and roll out a large piece on a basic tablecloth such as a wide table runner. What else? Plates and trays in a coordinated color scheme, so as not to overly compete with the pattern.
Additional herbs: For a truly aromatic display, coat the center of the table with woody herbs like rosemary and thyme and set your hot dishes right on top. Mmm. What else? Skinny candlesticks appear in the greenery.
Winter flowers: Do you have planters full of thoughts? Or honeysuckle sneaking through a fence? Cut a handful of them and place them individually in button vases or tiny glass vials and lay them out on the table. What else? Nordic-inspired pastels and whites.
Wide ribbon: As little as three parallel lengths of wide ribbon stretched across the middle of a table can have as much impact as a real runner. Pick an interesting texture like velvet or grosgrain if you have it. What else? Small white berries, geometric serving dishes.