The seven-day countdown has officially begun. The tree is decorated, the stockings are up and I’ve got the world’s fluffiest blanket ready to go whenever it gets too chilly. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Let’s get real though, it can also be an overwhelming time especially if you’ve been chosen to host Christmas dinner. In hopes of setting you up for “hostess with the mostess” status, I’m sharing my Christmas tablescape.

I usually start my party theme planning by choosing a base color and then accents. Instead of rushing out and purchasing everything new and completely matching, have a look through all of your current items and pick out a few pieces you want to highlight or work in. Here, I’ve gone with the ‘Christmassy’ appropriate silver as my base and I’ve added gold, black and hints of red for accents.

When you think of Christmas, black isn’t usually the first color that comes to mind but there’s something about this time of year that makes me crave darker fabrics. I love the intensity and the stark contrast of black against gold and silver so I knew I wanted to work in my black silk napkins from Z Gallerie  and black goblets from Urban Barn

Oh, hello there world’s simplest centerpiece. Literally my favorite thing about this time of year is that I can use an obnoxious amount of sparkle and no one can say boo about it. In fact, it’s quite appropriate!

Nothing on planet earth makes me happier than sparkles and they are super useful in this tablescape. I’ve thrown my remaining sparkly ornaments into this glass vase and laid them around the table for festive accents. I then wrapped the vase with a red berry vine from the Dollar Store.

There are few things I own that scream Christmas quite like this red tray and I have a serious obsession with it. Not only did it add the bang of red I needed for my table set up but trays are an awesome way of keeping your table items uniformed versus cluttered. The tray keeps the drinks items together and highlights them as accent pieces.

If you’re like me and you don’t have a gigantic table to spread out all of your glasses and decorative pieces, pile them up. Instead of laying the glasses and bowls at each place setting, I stacked the bowls and flatware on this gold plate to save some space and balance out the symmetry from the red tray on the opposite side.

Menus are the best way to jazz up any dinner party. It really gets your guests excited about the meal you’ve prepare and adds a professional touch. I created my menu in five minutes from the program Canva (certain features are completely free). There are tons of decorative icons and fun fonts to choose from and you can tailor the size of the menu to your liking.

Hosting Christmas dinner can be daunting but taking time with the theme and color choices is the best way to get the look you want with the least amount of stress. The overall look and feel comes together with time. If you have an idea, set up your table beforehand. Mix and match the items you want so you can get a feel for what is missing instead of rushing at the last minute.

I hope I’ve given you a few ideas to make your Christmas dinner both merry and bright. From my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas everyone!


A Merry and Bright Dinner Party

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