Growing up meal time (is it okay to call it meal time? anyhow) on the weekends was our family time, everyone was super busy during the week between school and work so the weekends and especially on Sundays was our time to catch up on EVERYTHING especially the last family gossips.
That it would usually go like this, waking up around 9 am my mom has ready her famous Sunday pancakes ( that tradition is still alive to these days and now pass it on to my nieces, always pancakes on Sundays no questions asked) then we gather around the dining table eating and chatting for about 3 straight hours (without even exaggerating), we get up now because we have to clean the house,
but no before someone says "so... what are we eating for lunch?" because is already lunch time, right?
then lunch happens around 3 pm, and we eat more and chat, even more, clear the table and drink coffee, when the coffee is over and is already around 5:30 we would go to watch a movie together, for dinner we might have more coffee and my brother a milkshake
That's why for me, gathering around the table during the holidays is not taken easy, and is never rushed, from what we're going to eat, drink, to table setup, and all the decor involved, there are no shortcuts and requires a lot of planning and attention to details, plus I've work in events coordination for almost all my life so I might have high expectations when it comes to my own parties haha
Holidays are an exceptional time of the year where you cherish a precious moment with those you love the most whether your family or in my case (most of the time) friends that are family, so take your time to celebrate the occasion, here are some inspirational table setups tips to bring your holiday party to the next level
1. Napkin Rings
You can make an easy napkin ring for your Thanksgiving Dinner with some fresh rosemary, cinnamon and twine, this will add a beautiful earthy look to the table
Get the look: Green Gingham Napkins Set of 4
2. BYOS (Bring Your Own Style)
add colors and styles that resonate with you, and just add a few details of the season to bring it to the occasion
Get the look: Blue Gingham Table Runner
3. Make an Impression
How about if next time you throw a party you step out a little further and have a feast as a centerpiece? I mean how cool is that? specially if you have a small place this will be an option of where you can place your mezes
Get the look: Banquet Serving Board
4. Go Green
And when I say green I mean all the beautiful natural textures and colors of the season, that will for sure elevate the look of your table, get a basket and fill it up with some wheat and pumpkins or some corn and you're done!
Get the look: Small Seagrass Baskets Set of 3
5. It's All About The Little Details
Last year I wrap some some ribbon around the chairs and that made a whole difference, so let your creativity shine this time of the year, people will love it, see the rest of our outdoor Friendsgiving Decoration from last year
6. This The Season for Cozy
Your table can also use a little layers, candles and wood, I love this table setup with the candles and the wood and greenery, you shouldn't settle for traditional this time of the year
source: Lonny Magazine
Get the look: Wood Serving Board Round
7. Layer Up
We all love textiles, patterns and colors, you can achieve this by adding unique pieces to your decor, maybe throwing a couple of blankets around the dining table for whoever might needs them?
Get the look: Wool Kilim Throw
8. Bring the Outdoors Indoors
No need to break the budget to achieve the look, go to the grocery store, get some greenery like some eucalyptus and throw then around the table, I am sure your guest will love it, also how about some nice chargers? again don't settle for traditional, this splash painted ones are a game changer
Get the look: Splash Painted Enamel Dinner Plates
9. Use What you Already Have
Somebody gave me this idea of using your turkish towels as a table runner, I tried it for one dinner event I had and it looked gorgeous, they add a so much texture to the table plus they are a great conversation starter
Get the look: Turkish Cotton Blanket
10. Napkins are Important
As important as a nice folding or napkin ring, is the napkin itself, this is what will complete the look on the table. I love this table setup how they placed some cotton and candles as a centerpiece you can also place some nice greenery in the middle, how about using some plant pots for the look?
Get the look: Small Wood Carving Pot
Don't forget to take sometime to share what are you grateful for that night