Clear jars, containers, and cansiters aren’t just for food storage. These versatile and affordable entertaining musts prove a clear winner to house and serve anything from utensils to candies to salads.
Clear jars filled with fresh flowers and/or greenery from the yard come in make a simple and lovely display.
Small groupings-stacks-bundles of fresh fruit or summer vegetables such as corn, tomatoes, peaches, cherries, blueberries, or grapes dressed up with ribbon or in their natural state serve a colorful bounty of fresh and sweet summer style.
Red, white, and/or blue fabric is my suggestion for a table runner. This works for dinner napkins, too.
I can’t sew a stitch, but I can work a hot iron and a roll of hem tape like nobody’s business.
Determine the width and length (add one inch to both the width and length), cut your fabric to desired size, fold over each side (fold in the corners to create a 45 degree angle), and either sew sides or apply hem table with iron.
We gather together holiday table ideas help to set an impressive Thanksgiving holiday table. Getting the look, style, balance, and theme suited to your holiday dining and entertaining scheme requires a certain amount of planning and prep, and that’s where these we gather together holiday table ideas come in.
Design inspiration is often the driving force of my blog content, and I’m amazed at where it comes from at times. Yesterday, somewhere between trying to locate what bedroom the cat was hiding out in and trying not to lose my religion over the cat and mouse game he loves to play with me, I stopped in the hallway to regroup. Looking down the hall into the foyer, dining room, and kitchen in more than a glimpse and less than a stare, it dawned on me I truly liked what I was seeing.
Isn’t that the point of the design and decorating grand scheme of things?
I sometimes forget to just stand back and take in the look. My vantage point allowed for a comprehensive viewing from foyer to dining room.
The vintage bamboo chandelier in the foyer.
The wallpaper selection.
The yet once again painted lantern pendant.
The decision to lighten up the dining room color palette.
The placement of artwork.
I like to try new things and new looks, but the traditional personal design style choices I come back to time and time again prove to be the ones I am most satisfied with.
Stay true to your personal style and design, decorate, and holiday table set accordingly is advice I not only give, but practice.
Create a backdrop with touches sure to resonate with the crowd. Sure, most of us try to emulate moms-grandmothers-aunties side dish or dessert recipe- that’s a given. I like to use decorative accents and tabletop pieces that make a shared memories, experiences, and regional commonalities connection with my guests.
Magnolias in glass cylinders cover the Southern aspect of our holiday table. Fresh flowers or an heirloom bowl filled with fall leaves native to your area set a home for the holidays tone.
Wooden turned candlesticks instantly become I remember these conversation pieces.
A handed down from generation to generation family recipe served in a handed down from generation to generation serving piece is wow factor certified and guaranteed to tug at the home is where the holiday heart is heartstrings.
The heirloom crystal water bottle makes it way from the china cabinet to the Thanksgiving table.
Cocktail glasses in a similar pattern as the ones my dad served holiday spirits in, and goblets in the style of the ones my grandmother used at holiday time to serve her famous orange fluff salad in become a must have addition to the we gather together holiday table.
I take into consideration the cornucopia of styles among my decorista friends, family and readers when offering holiday table ideas. Modern tiered layers of clear acrylic complemented by alternating negative spaces make up the ultra chic Collins Acrylic and Metal Taper Holder from Williams-Sonoma Home.
An impressive holiday tablescape does not have to be expensive or difficult to achieve. Place the focus on folk, food, fresh, flavor, and fun.
My comical husband suggested I call this hosting tip “f” the holidays.
Holiday hosting humor is a fabulous stress buster. Dave is in charge of levity, and is brilliant at it.
We’ve still got the December holidays to decorate, entertain, and tablescape to and the holiday budget to manage. Items that pull double duty justify the initial price of admission to the holiday tablescape party. This is the exact reason I go with white plates with gold rims and serving pieces in November to December holiday friendly colors and patterns.
Three bedroom, 2 full bath lodge with fireplace, satellite television, cellphone and WiFi service second to none, scavenger hunts, hiking trails, midnight runs to spot deer, owl and raccoons, stay up and sleep in as late as you want boring.
Not exactly what I would call roughing it.
Striving to keep things new, fresh, and in the holiday spirit, I came up with the hot cocoa and hat draw holiday kick off. The moms would make hot cocoa, and the dads would light up the fire ring late Thanksgiving day afternoon. While we were enjoying hot cocoa and getting back to nature, we would pass a hat around with each of our names in it. Each of us drew a name from the hat, and the planning began. Friday when we drove into the neighboring towns to antique and Black Friday shop, each of us would buy a kick off the holidays gift for the person whose name we drew from the hat.
We set a $5.00 limit, and the rule was the gift had to be something the recipient talked about on Thanksgiving day or night. Part of the fun was seeing how attentive and creative we could get with our gift selections. A quick stop at the dollar store for a small Christmas tree, gift bags, and reindeer bells to ring round the campfire completed the process.
The kids loved it, and the big kids got into it as well. Our kick off the holidays hot cocoa and hat draw gifted each us with a great memory.
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
– Dr. Seuss
I’ve tweaked the tradition a bit, and now it’s the We Wish Family and Friends a Feast of a Happy Holidays Season favor gift give.
Home is where the Holiday heart is, and ours beats strong here at Places In The Home. Our holiday celebrations are all about honoring traditions old and new, making meaningful memories, sharing the holiday love with family, friends, and readers, and offering holiday table ideas, holiday decor finds, suggestions, stories, and sources. Join me throughout the holiday season for all things house that make a holiday home.
The epicurean is devoted to the enjoyment of great food and comfort. The first four letters of the word epicurean spell epic, and epic is what this Chinoiserie themed tablescape feature has turned out to be. Color, pattern and texture sets quite the impressive Chinoiserie themed tablescape. Believing and adhering to the notion we eat first with our eyes, the visual appetizer is the tasteful first course of a palatable dining experience.
1. a style of ornamentation current chiefly in the 18th century in Europe,
characterized by intricate patterns and an extensive use of motifs identified as Chinese.
2. an object decorated in this style or an example of this style: The clock was an interesting chinoiserie.
The lines and color palette of Chinese and East Asian influenced dinnerware and decorative accessories create beautifully Chinoiserie themed tablescapes. The retail selections available make it easy to set your table as Chinoiserie chic casual or formal as you wish.
Atmosphere is an important aspect of the memorable dining experience. A table lamp(s) on the dining table promotes soft lighting beneficial to mood and tone. The height of the East Enterprises LPBFW088N Table Lamp, Multicolored is dining tabletop friendly at 19.5 inches tall.
As previously stated, destination decorating creates a passport to dining adventures, where the dining table top becomes an inspired canvas. From place setting to ambiance to gracious detail, a Chinoiserie themed tablescape travels well.
Summer entertaining suggestions and information is always worthy of repeating, and I am happy to share these suggestions new to the Places In The Home summer entertaining repertoire. Summer is in our sights , arriving with the summer solstice gift of extra daylight. Talk about the ultimate summer entertaining hostess gift! Invite vibrant color, easy entertaining tips, and fun home decor touches to the party and prepare to impress.
Summer nights frame the art of entertaining with a canvas of color and hosting ease. For an evening under the stars, bring down the house lights and light the night with soft accent lighting. A casual yet dramatic effect can be easily achieved by strategically placing lanterns or glass jar luminaries along a walkway.
Tiki torches, table lamps on loan for the evening from your interior home decor, garden chandeliers, and decorative paper lanterns also make great options in the quest to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.
Considering a summer soirée diy project to light the summer night? Here’s several simple, effective, colorful and refreshing summer entertaining diy ideas. Click on the link below each image to get the diy how-to scoop.
A midsummer night’s entertaining dream becomes a reality with these quaint and stunning homemade hurricanes. I discovered this impressive look last week in the new issue of Ladies Home Journal and pinned it to my Pinterest account.
Simply fill clean canning jars with dried beans to hold the votive candles in their upward position. Securely hang the mason jars at various heights from trees with twine. A simple and affordable look to add to the perfect summer evening. The vintage look fits right in with the KISS of summer- keep it summer simple. Glass is slippery when wet and breakable to boot, so summer soiree with caution.
DIY summer citronella candles how to video from Southern Living show us how to make a DIY bug-be-gone candle that is not only visually impressive, but an essential must for comfortable summer soiree nights.
If you’ve hung out at Places In The Home in person or in readership, you are aware of my entertaining relationship with the clay flower pot. Give me a reason to turn a flower pot into a serving piece and it is summer soiree party on. I’ll never forget the look I got the first time I announced we were having pot brownies at our pot party to a co-hostess. I don’t believe I have ever clarified something so quickly before or since.
Anywho, clay flower pots are an inexpensive and summer appropriate alternative to traditional serving pieces. Baked beans, barbecued wings, Creole seasoned french fries, baked Vidalia onions, summer sausage- all great “pot” options.
An average patio table pops a pretty party look when topped with a stylish outdoor tablecloth and paired with chairs, cushions and outdoor pillows decked out in bright summer colors. Decoristas have long had a trusty trick up their sleeve. Home decor and furnishings that work gorgeously inside our homes will rock an outdoor living space like a Led Zeppelin concert!
Wrap the bottom of each chair leg with clear plastic wrap. It may be a tad time-consuming, but it will save time on the clean up end of the party. Be as pre-party proactive as possible with certain tasks. It’s a summer entertaining essential skill for the host and/or hostess to hone.
Hello, my name is summer.
Hello summer. It’s nice to see you again.
With the very, very good points of summer outdoor living and summer entertaining comes the very real concern over controlling mosquitoes. It is suggested that burning sage or rosemary repels mosquitoes. The mosquito killing power is in the smoke so I’m thinking summer fire pit or campfire natural necessity.
I like the point in the party when the food and drink has hit the spot, the music is summer smooth, the outdoor party life is kicking up a notch and the company and the conversation is hitting all the right notes. Now comes summer relaxation party pail time. I make up these party pails beforehand and add the chilled and cold items before handing them out.
I fill plastic beach pails from the dollar store with his or hers flip-flops, individual aluminum spray bottles filled with chilled homemade rose water (the guys love this stuff almost as much as the gals), cold cucumber slices in freezer bags and Burt’s Bees Cucumber & Sage facial cleansing towelettes (love the scent). These always make a big splash.
The welcome mat at Places In The Home is working overtime. Several of our family members are taking to the spring holiday road, and our house is do drop in central. Good visits begin with good hosting and good hosting begins with a stress free host or hostess. Entertaining is supposed to be a fun for guests and hosts alike, isn’t it? I know I have a much better entertaining experience if I access and assign a theme, go with the entertaining with ease flow and keep the focus on comfortable surroundings, inviting touches and relaxing times.
Texas times and family memories will be a hot topic of conversation. Our company’s travels begin in Texas Bluebonnet country, and with Texas being the common denominator of our family tree, I played it up in theme and setting. Farmhouse chic makes an effortless foundation to build your theme upon.
A simple arrangement of carnations mixed with greenery and placed beside an even simpler arrangement of apples and bananas in a milk glass center bowl provides a nice centerpiece in a farmhouse chic kind of way.
Fresh flowers from the floral department of the local grocery store are my weakness, and when the word clearance enters into the picture my shopping cart runneth over. You really get your money’s worth with carnations. Carnations can last for weeks with an every other day water change and a quick stem trim. I use tepid water, scale back leaves from the stems to prevent contact with the water, and place a couple of drops of food coloring in the water.
From recipes to table setting decor, I like to source from within meaning I like to use what I have on hand. A great home decor clearance sale and dollar store items purchased in bulk can provide all the entertaining with ease elements needed for a well designed themed tablescape.
art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.
Into each case of design and decorating a little if kitchen kitsch is wrong, I don’t want to be right will fall. The method to my madness lies deeply rooted in the from which I came from principle. I picked up several sets of rooster dish towels at the local dollar store back during the holidays knowing full well they would come in handy. Paired with copper napkin rings I found on clearance at Dillard’s a couple of years ago, the dish towels made great dinner napkins.
The Places In The Home gang comes from a long line of hen on nest dish collectors. The women of our family felt no respectable kitchen and/or breakfast room decor complete without the addition of at least one hen on nest dish.
On the menu front I aim to please. Round our dinner table, quality rules over quantity which lines up perfectly with easy menu planning. As long as the iced tea is sweet and I keep the serving sizes in just a bite territory it is all good and tasty. The culinary rule of KISS (keep it salad simple) always applies.
I set up a salad buffet for first course serve yourself ease. Individual Mason jar salads layered with shredded iceberg lettuce, fresh tomato, chopped ham, green onion, Feta cheese crumbles, homemade buttermilk dressing and a dash of kosher salt and fine black pepper were a hit with the just a bite crowd.
From table to turkey, holiday hosts and hostesses are putting their Thanksgiving finishing touches on all that reigns holiday supreme.
This past Friday as I was planning and primping the decorative details of our Thanksgiving gobblepalooza, an unfortunate event in the Places In The Home Thanksgiving holiday celebration occurred. I was in the dining room putting the Thanksgiving finishing touches on the sideboard and tablescape decorations, and as I always do, I asked my mother to come and see the progress. Stocking feet and hardwood floors make a hazardous combination, just ask my darling Mother. It was the fall heard round the house, and over the river and through the woods to the emergency room we go. Several tests and x-rays later the ER doctor delivered the unfortunate news; fractured kneecap.
My mother is one tough bird and a pretty good patient however, the attention to decorating detail has now shifted to total healing detail. We’ve rearranged our Thanksgiving dinner plans and re themed the Places In The Home Thanksgiving celebration. We are a grateful, not graceful people.
What decorating I accomplished before the fall will have to be as good as it gets. No formal place settings, adorned placemats and table runner, silver flatware, crystal goblets or formal china patterns this year, but with a pumpkin here and a turkey figurine there it festively all came together.
The dining room redo is not quite finished, but far enough along to give a glimpse of things to come.
I am thrilled with the leopard print accent chairs as the choice for captain’s chairs.
One change in placement and one edit took the look from “this just isn’t working” to “that’s it!”
I’m looking forward to a thankful and grateful group of loved ones coming together and the next round of holiday decorating.
As we enter the Thanksgivinghomestretch, take a moment to admire the Thanksgiving finishing touches and the Home for the Holidays beauty you’ve created. It’s one of the best parts of holiday decorating season.
Places In The Home Home for the Holidays planning is in full swing. Decorative accents and accessories are going into place and company’s coming. Clearance sales making room for Black Friday deals and steals makes anticipating the decorative needs of this year’s Thanksgiving table and hitting the place order button a gobble gobble gotta have it a no-brainer.
Dave the Builder worked on the dining room redo this past weekend with success in the major improvement department! Lighter paint colors and natural light will open up a space, guaranteed. We’re hoping to have it all pulled together by next week in order to get the Thanksgiving tablescape ball rolling.