The holiday season is a great time to experiment with tabletop decor that can be incorporated into your wedding reception! Over the next few weeks, I’m sure you’ll be entertaining at some point. Take this as an opportunity to do a test run on some of the darling details you’ve thought about using for your wedding! From the napkin fold to the plate garnish, have fun trying out new ideas and getting creative!

Spray it Metallic – Spray paint is by far the easiest and cheapest way to transform any ordinary object into something luxurious. Some of my favorites are:

  • Leaves
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Figurines
  • Tips of Manzanita Branches
  • Shells
  • Glass
  • Thirfted Items (old candlesticks, frames, mirrors…you name it!)


Hand Painted Napkins – All you need is a cute stencil, some acrylic paint, fabric sealer and a paint brush to create these darling custom painted napkins!


Edible Elements – Using fresh herbs and foliage, whether homegrown or store bought, is a fabulous way to dress up a table with nature’s bounty.

Kismis Ink Photography

Kismis Ink Photography

Photo from Emmanuelle

Photo from Emmanuelle

Using Everyday Furniture – If you’re running low on dining room chairs, don’t be afraid to pull in accent chairs and furniture pieces from around the house. An ottoman or bench from the master suite paired with wingback chairs from the study will create a look that is chic, cozy and eclectic.

Photo from Sophia's

Photo via Sophia’s

Combine Modern + Vintage – Using grandma’s china and crystal is a holiday tradition that is not to be broken. Pairing these vintage beauties with with modern elements will create a look that is both traditional and contemporary. Try using a fun charger, gold flatware or bold table linens.

Napkin = Focal Point – A linen napkin is not simply made for blotting your lips. When displayed properly, it completes the tablescape. You can get creative with your napkins from the napkin to the garnish. I love this idea of using a printed menu as a belly band for the napkin!

Photo via ACultivatedNest

Photo via ACultivatedNest

Don’t Forget The Kids – You never know how long those cute little ones will last before the first temper tantrum (or mashed potatoes) will be thrown, so give them something to occupy their time, at least long enough for their parents to eat! Head to your local hardware store and purchase a roll of brown builder’s paper and crayons to create an extra large canvas to play on! It will also double as their tablecloth/placemat!

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Whether you’re hosting Christmas dinner or throwing an engagement party, here are some beautiful tablescape details that can be incorporated into any social gathering and later restructure the idea to use in your wedding reception table design!


Happy Holidays and Happy Planning!

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