The holiday season is here and that means it’s time to pull out the decorations from storage. Whether you’re a seasoned pro who wows the family every year or creatively challenged like me whose go-to move is hanging a wreath on the front door, we’ve got some ideas to help you out.

This year, you can make your holiday table truly Pinterest-worthy with lighting or your favorite holiday trinkets. Fall colors never go out of style, of course, but cool jewel tones are in for Christmas this year. Think blue, purple, champagne, bronze or silver, and white.

“Thrill, fill and spill,” according to Mark Cureton, certified Texas nursery professional and greenhouse manager at Ellis Pottery in Longview.

You want to vary heights, grouping items together, such as candles, that are higher and lower than each other. Cureton recommends decorating in odd numbers, too. For example, placing three pumpkins or three lanterns of various sizes creates a more balanced, aesthetically pleasing look.

And speaking of lanterns, lighting is a key element this holiday season. It will undoubtedly make those jewel tones sparkle and shine. Think candlesticks, battery-operated twinkle lights and LED candles, to name a few. The uplighting adds drama and high impact, showing off your cleverly decorated table and centerpiece.

The folks at Casa Flora in Longview recommend mixed foliage for your holiday table, stating it’s this year's floral trend.

“Add your favorite trinkets such as pine cones, artichoke, Christmas ornaments or succulents,” said Carissa Wilkinson, floral designer. “This will dress up your table with minimal stress.”

Wilkinson also recommends adding floral and foliage to the chandelier above your table for an elegant look, along with a single floral on each place setting.

“Taking the elements from the center of the tablescape arrangement and drawing your eyes up to the chandelier and back down to each of the seats will create the flow that intrigues your guest,” Wilkinson said.

And lastly, she recommends misting your fresh foliage every day to achieve the most extended life source possible and check daily water levels in your containers.

Create an elegant and classic table setting for your guests with the season’s color using birch and red berries, or go woodsy and rustic with wood slices as placemats. Set your holiday dinnerware on top, pair it with holiday linen and cutlery for a charming look and feel.

Keep it natural and minimalistic with no-frills dinnerware, greenery and linens, adding flair with a small smooth stone embellished with your guests’ names using a metallic marker. Go bold with colorful, festive dinnerware, but keep the linens, tablecloth and décor simple to enhance the dinnerware design.

Plaid is a style that never grows old and indeed invokes the image of a brisk fall day or the cold winter. Use plaid-designed placemats and linens, including pine cones and birch, in your centerpiece. Light some candles or lanterns and enjoy a holiday meal with the family.

Tap into your creative juices and repurpose old wine bottles as a centerpiece. Clean them out, spray paint them white, pop in a few sprigs of gold and red holly and voila! You’ve created a warm, cozy and inviting holiday table for your friends and family.

Serve your favorite holiday meals on dinnerware that includes jewel tones, holiday themes or a simple look, so your table is the canvas. This year, some of the hottest looks for Thanksgiving include elegant porcelain, pumpkins, farmhouse white, delicate fall detailing and square-shaped platters perfect for passing food around the table without spillage.

Enjoy your Christmas meal on dinnerware, such as porcelain with holly berry details or Santa Clause, snowmen or Christmas trees, that complements your meal and your tablescapes. The solid color red with gold trim or hues of red, green and gold work well. Serve your guests on your vintage dinnerware grandma used to use. Personalized plates with the family name might be fun, too.

Whether you’re an experienced pro or a first-timer, your holiday table will pop with color and invoke the holiday season with these holiday table decorating tips.


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