Holiday Hosting 101 : 6 tips for a festive, well-decorated table

3 minutes

Montreal centre-ville

  • © Top view of hands of family members holding plates with homemade food and desserts while serving festive table before Christmas dinner

Are you hosting a holiday dinner? So you must realize how extra special this year’s celebration is! After a long period of social distancing, the idea of having a small family reunion becomes even more exciting: everyone is happy to finally be together and not a moment is taken for granted.

To celebrate getting together and being together, always in the holiday spirit, what better than to put together a cheerful and warm table around which friends and family can get together and spend a magical moment. Don’t know where to start or lack inspiration?

Here are 6 tips that will help you prepare your table to host the perfect holiday dinner for the whole family.

Set the tone with matching tablecloth and napkins

Nothing screams holiday celebration like matching tablecloth and napkins with trees and stars on it. If there is one place in the city center that loves a matching set according to the themes and the seasons, it’s Maison Simons. And, there’s plenty to choose from.

Simons
Simons
Simons
Simons

Pro tip: When it comes to choosing your tablecloth and napkin combination for a celebration, go for dark tones. That way, the post-festive stains will be less noticeable and they will still look brand new the following year.

Use different tableware

To change things up and teleport everyone to a world of wonder for the time of a dinner, add a few different dishes than what you usually receive with. For example, you could add new festive mugs to your artillery for tea time or new glasses to serve a post-meal digestif. Here are some unique finds from the Anthropologie boutique.

Anthropologie
Anthropologie
Anthropologie

Create a warm atmosphere with candles

An absolute must-have to add warmth and a certain je-ne-sais-quoi to your table: candles. Even better if they are lightly scented with a gourmet or winter scent. To save you the search, we have uncovered unique finds at Simons, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, that in addition to creating a warm atmosphere for your gathering, will act as decoration to brighten up your table.

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Anthropologie
Urban Outfitters

Invite nature to your table

Simplicity above all. Consider using the natural resources around you as decoration to give a rustic cabin vibe to your table. You’ll see that the possibilities are endless: a bowl filled with pine cones as a centerpiece, a pine branch and a cinnamon stick attached to your napkins or even a few slices of dried oranges spread out around the dishes.

Surprise your guests with a gift

For those who wish to raise their table to another level, why not add a Christmas cracker on each plate? It also allows you to give a present to all your guests and throw some joy in the air. Here are three cracker suggestions you can get from Indigo, Hudson’s Bay and Holt Renfrew to decorate your table, depending on your budget.
Indigo
La Baie d'Hudson
Holt Renfrew

Don’t forget to snap a pic

During family celebrations, we often forget to take pictures in the heat of the moment. The Urban Outfitters-exclusive Instax Mini 11 Fujifilm Instant Camera is an ideal solution to making taking photos something easy that everyone wants to be a part of. Just leave the pretty device on the table and let the magic happen.

Urban Outfitters