Though there are many elements that must come together to create a truly unforgettable holiday gathering, there is nothing more important of course than great company. Second most important, at least in our book, is delicious food. What else more could anyone ask for? Well, if you’re looking to truly get into the holiday spirit this year, how about one thing that often gets neglected? The tablescape. A beautifully set table may not make or break any holiday gathering this year, but it certainly puts the finishing touches on any event, and it shows that the host went the extra mile to make guests feel special and welcome in their home. Not to mention, any food pics your guests decide to take will certainly turn out Instagram worthy in the event that you get your tablescape right!

Here are a few of our best tips for setting the table this holiday season:

  1. Start With the Runner

Though a table runner may seem like a last thought to some people, it’s a great place to start when you’re designing your holiday tablescape. It sets the tone for the entire table, and it will help give you an idea of what colors to incorporate with your other elements. For example, if you’re using a deep red table runner, you likely don’t want to add in red candles, plants, and dishware! Contrast is a good thing, so start with the runner and go from there.

  1. Incorporate Live Elements

Many of the best holiday tablescapes feature live plants as a centerpiece. This is truly an easy feat this time of the year, since there are dozens of miniature trees you can pick up at your local grocer. This is a great way to keep things extra festive and fresh.

  1. Experiment With Levels

One of our favorite ways to create an interesting table setting is to play with different levels. Choose candle holders that are different heights. Play around with different vases. Go wild! As long as you’re not blocking anyone’s view across the table, different levels truly makes the setting more interesting.

  1. Don’t Forget the Food

Finally, what’s a beautiful tablescape without delicious food? Get out your holiday dishware and serve up some tasty food that’s bound to get everyone talking!

Do you have any tips for creating an unforgettable holiday tablescape? What are your favorite ways to decorate your house this time of the year?