Setting your table for a holiday celebration doesn’t have to be complicated. With a little thinking ahead and a few simple tips, you can create something beautiful. First impressions have a lasting effect, even when it comes to setting your holiday table. Though the star of the show is undoubtedly dinner with family and friends, the table setting is what sets the festive mood for the holiday. Long before the first appetizer hits the table, guests are treated to the visual delight of a beautifully set table, arranged with care and consideration.
When planning a holiday tablescape, the centerpiece is the focal point. There are many themes to choose from during a holiday. Pick a colour scheme and go from there. Or look to the symbols of the holiday and draw inspiration from them. Can’t decide? Why not incorporate more than one theme and get the best this season? You can choose from a subtler theme – for Thanksgiving perhaps simply decorating in golds and oranges and for Christmas, reds and greens or silvers and blues, for example. Or something more overt, like a Thanksgiving centerpiece that features harvest symbols like a turkey or cornucopia and for Christmas, a table that’s all about Santa, all about gingerbread, or all about snowmen, for example.
For a more elegant theme, crisp white linens with matching white china and sparkling glassware is a classic. This creates a neutral palette for a colourful holiday centerpiece to really shine. Add some candles and something with a bit of shine (metallic?) to really make it sparkle. For a fun-filled festive table, a craft paper runner with mason jars of crayons is sure to be a hit, allowing the little ones to add their own designs, limited only by their imaginations.
With so much thought devoted to planning the perfect holiday table, the last thing you want is for guests to be distracted by spotty dishware or dull, stained table linens. To keep your festive linens from fading, use OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover. This oxygen-based stain fighter is chlorine free and colour safe. It can also tackle stains that detergent alone can leave behind. To keep your dishware spotless and sparkling use OxiClean™ Auto Dish Detergent Lemon Clean – this way you can be sure the first toast is as beautiful as the occasion.
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