If entertaining is one of your favorite parts of the holidays or your social media feed is flooded with seasonal desserts, you’re probably no stranger to "tablescaping", the trend that’s taking TikTok by storm. A tablescape is a visually appealing arrangement of items on a table, often used for special occasions, events, or even everyday settings. The specific elements you'll need to create a tablescape can vary depending on the theme, style, and purpose you have in mind. We have some tips from our stylists at Homemakers to make your table feel festive and welcoming with a little bit of creativity.
Plants, greenery, foliage, branches, and leaves
Flowers (Dried, fresh or fake)
Table linens (Cloths, runners, napkins)
Use tablecloths, runners, place mats and napkins to add a touch of texture to your arrangement. If you want to think outside the box (or simply don’t have any of this on hand) throw blankets can also make an appearance! Get creative with this part because it’s a great way to add dimension to your table.
Your dinner plates, flatware and glassware don’t need to be elaborate. Sometimes going over the top can make your tabletop feel crowded or busy, so be sure to keep all of your different elements balanced. You can't go wrong with a classic matching set of China diningware.
Table scatter, like flower petals, confetti or small decorative items can be used if you need a little extra flair. If your table setting is on the more formal side, place card holders or printed menu cards are a really personal touch. Be sure to match the color theme to keep everything feeling seamless.
The focal point of the table, well, second to the actual food. You can never go wrong with fake or fresh flowers or greenery. Making a candle display the centerpiece or decorative vases is also an option. The centerpiece can also be a conglomeration of décor, ranging from greenery and flowers to seasonal décor like seashells, pinecones, or pumpkins.
Garlands, table overlays and accent vases are great additions to spruce up the set. If you’re feeling ambitious, play with the presentation of the meal itself!
Remember that the key to a successful tablescape is cohesiveness. Choose elements that align with your theme or color palette, and make sure there's a balance between decorative items and functional tableware. Play with heights, textures, and arrangement to create an aesthetically pleasing composition. It's all about creating a visually pleasing and memorable experience for your guests.