Christmas decor was a big deal in our houses growing up. Every inch had a snowman, Santa hat, twinkle light or brass accent, and the table was no exception. I’m glad all that holiday cheer has stuck with us each now as adults. The holidays are about who you spend them with and good meals, but setting a pretty holiday table creates an even more special experience for family and friends.
Holiday entertaining doesn’t have to be a headache though, at least when it comes to setting the table. We’re all about simple yet elegant accents to add a festive touch to a holiday dinner or winter get together, so today we teamed up with Shutterfly to share a neutral tablescape that is perfect for any celebration this time of year.
5 STEPS FOR A NUETRAL + ELEGANT HOLIDAY TABLE
1 — Greenery
I always like to think of the centerpiece first. It may sound kind of silly, but I feel like it is such a focal point and real place to let your creativity shine. For a holiday-neutral table, we opted for green garland with pine cones and brass bells. It’s so simple and can fill up a table quite easily. I love the natural look it has against the wood tabletop.
2 — Make it Twinkle
We always make a point of having candles on the table, even during our weekly dinners. For holidays we like to mix varying candlestick holders and clear glass candles for an elegant look. The glass ones we used for this table, can also be customized with a special photo or saying for an extra personalized touch. Candles always make everything feel just that much more special and they even come in an evergreen scent too!
3 — Simple Dinnerware
We mixed things up a bit by adding these pretty gray dinner plates from Shutterfly, which is a nice change from our usual white. I love how they are still neutral, yet add a slight pop of color, against the textured charger. You may not be able to tell because they look porcelain, but they’re made from BPA-free, food-safe, dishwasher-safe melamine, so super kid friendly, which definitely comes in handy around the holidays. These can be customized with with a phrase or photo of your choice too.
4 — Put a Monogram on it!
Monograming done classy can be so fun and chic. I think there are times it can be done a little over the top, but I love a subtle touch here and there. We recently added these foliage frame monogramed cutting boards and glasses to our collection and I love how simple, yet personal they are. There’s also some cute deer head ones for the holidays too.
5 — Linens
Cloth napkins have a special place in my heart. It sounds silly, but they just make a table look finished no matter how casual or dressy of a look you may be going for. We went with a simple stripe pattern. I love them rolled with a bit of string and greenery, knotted, or simply placed under the dinner plate. Shutterfly also just released a line of tea towels, which would be a fun addition to the table as a napkin or as a customized accent in the kitchen during dinner prep and clean up.
Be sure to check out Shutterfly’s Home Decor section and Personalized Gifts guide, to get some ideas for the upcoming season. We love how inviting and personal their items make a space feel, which is perfect for any time of year, but especially during the holidays.
We rounded up a few our personalized entertaining favorites below:
Will you guys be hosting a holiday get-together this year or heading to a family/friend’s house? We’d love to hear.