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How to Create Three Seasonally-Inspired Tablescapes

by Magnolia
Published on November 17, 2021

Our tables are so often at the center of holiday traditions. It’s where we might carve the turkey, decorate Christmas cookies, and toast to new beginnings. It’s the backdrop for moments that draw us closer to the spirit of the season, and delighting in the details of our table is just another gift this season offers. The best part? When the people who have gathered at our table feel welcomed and considered, and we sit in the warmth of their company, we’re reminded that this intentional space can create its own kind of magic.

Below, we’re showing you three different seasonally-inspired tables: a look for autumn, Christmas, and New Years.

First Things First:

To start, consider how many people will be seated at the table. Your guest count will help determine how much room you’ll need for both decor and food. Once you have a general idea of spacing, you can start to think through the textures and colors you want to incorporate to bring your table to life. Tip: Take stock of what you already have around the house before buying something new—sometimes great accents just need a little dusting off!

Let’s Talk Details:

First, welcome seasonal pieces that dress up your tableware and reflect the occasion at hand, like fresh greenery, garland, florals, table runners, and other decor.

Second, layer in tableware like plates, serveware, and utensils. We love mixing styles, colors, and materials here. Think: antique silverware paired with a modern charger plate and vintage glasses. This will give depth to the overall look and create an interesting, collected table your guests can gather around.

Let’s break down these three looks and see how these details translate across each occasion:

An Autumn Look

Autumn is grounded in rich colors, familiar scents, joyful gatherings, and ever-changing weather. We’re inspired to let our tables reflect those characteristics of the season with berry stems, copper taper holders, and rustic-style dishes.

The Details:

Seasonal Pieces:

Tableware + Mixed Materials:

Holiday Hosting

The holidays are rooted in tradition. Put a fresh spin on a classic Christmas look with green accents, gold finishes, and textured ceramic pieces.

The Details:

Seasonal Pieces:

Tableware + Mixed Materials:

A New Year’s Celebration

As we celebrate endings and anticipate new beginnings, New Year’s gives us permission to pull out all the bells and whistles. So for this joyful scene, we grounded our table in a color palette of dusty pink and rose tones, and layered that with clear glass, gold accents, and balsam picks.

The Details:

Seasonal Pieces:

Tableware + Mixed Materials:

We hope these tips inspire you to create tablescapes for all the memorable gatherings to come this holiday season. To shop these looks, click below:

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