Have you ever walked into a party and stopped in your tracks at a stunning table set before you?  I know I have!

For my Christmas and Cocktails Party this year, I knew I wanted a set table.  This is an annual party I host for my mom tribe every year, and I wanted the party to have an elegant feel.  This group of women work their booties off juggling everything in their lives, and I wanted to make them feel extra special and loved.

I think a set table makes a very clear statement for your party.  It’s a little elevated and makes everything just a bit more fancy, which is exactly how I wanted my girls to feel!

Tablescapes make such a strong impact, but they can seem intimidating!  Don’t worry, sister.  I’m here to help.

I’ve got 4 tips for setting your next table!

1. Choose your linens

You don’t want your linens to overpower the table details, so think simple. I started off with a clean table, a pressed white linen, and a runner.  I chose the fa la la la runner because it had just enough red to pop and tie everything together.

2. Place your centerpiece

What is the large, “wow” piece that is going to go in the middle of your table?  For this table, I chose a small Christmas tree that I decorated with mini red, white, and gold bulbs I found at Target.  I threaded fairy lights with a battery pack through the tree to give it some extra sparkle too! (Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. If you would like to learn more about what this means, please check out my full disclosure here!)

On either side of the tree, I placed 2 gold dot vases to create symmetry.  I filled these with fake snow and an unscented white pillar candle. Then I put the candle in the middle of a cranberry wreath borrowed from a girlfriend.

Always start in the middle of the table with the centerpiece, and work your way out.  For me, this just makes it more manageable!

3. Set the table

For each place setting you want a charger, a plate, a napkin, silverware, and a drinking glass.  I also like to add a personal touch by incuding a place card with guest’s name, but that is totally optional.

For this table, I used a large red, sparkly paper charger on the bottom, then a gold charger, a gold dot paper plate, and a paper napkin.  All in complimentary colors and on theme of course.  My grandma’s gold silverware we grew up using at Christmas time was the perfect companion to the place setting!  I got lots of compliments on it as well, and can’t wait to share pics with her.  She will love it!

Next to the table setting, I had a champagne glass and a personalized place card.  These were made from clear ornament balls.  Uncap the top, squirt in some colored paint, swirl around, and let dry in a muffin tin to keep them upright!  Put the cap on, add the name tag, and you are good to go!

4. Add the little details

I wanted to keep this table pretty clean, but did add a framed sign that said, “Happy Holidays, Girlfriends!” I used my favorite Hearth and Hand gold frame.  If you guys do not have this frame in your lives yet, you are missing out.  I’m obsessed and have given it as gift so many times this season!  It is the BEST!  Click here to grab one!

There you have it! My 4 tips on setting a perfect table for your next party!

Keep it simple.  Think about your table in little chunks, and go through the list: linens, centerpiece, place settings, details.  When you think of it in small, manageable tasks, it is a lot less overwhelming!

Try it out!  I’d love to see your beautiful holiday tables!  Post on Instagram, and tag me @confettipartyplans.

Or if you’re still feeling a little stuck, send me a message, and I’ll be happy to walk you through it!

1 Comment

  1. Aleks

    Love the tips! Favorite is work from the middle out, that definitely makes it less overwhelming!