Easy Holiday Tablescape Ideas

Ethan sampling the Hors Doeuvre samplings before the guests arrive.

Happy first day of December, and by the way, how did we get here?

My head is stirring; this is the month of no rest—Jingle jingle.

Caroline, Sean, and Grands were in town last week, and we had three parties spaced out over seven days.

Coupled with the first big snowstorm of the season and no bread or fresh flowers at the market for a spell, I had to get creative with the decor.

The calm before the party storms. I wanted to rent chairs so they would match; my husband drew the line on that, no rentals for family parties. We did need two high chairs and a booster seat. 🙂
Evergreen garland, clementines, silver sequin tablecloth, silver candlesticks.

Sunday evening, I served a delicious Boeuf Bourguignon for fourteen, intertwining an evergreen garland down the length of the table and peppering it with clementines. The silver candlesticks were hauled up from my office and given a quick shine before filling them with used tapers. The silver sequin tablecloth was purchased on Amazon for $50 and added instant bling, and beef stew with red wine sauce spills can do no harm. A quick turn in the laundry machine on cold, hang to dry, and good to go for the next fete. The dry cleaning turnaround time for the formal white linen slows me down.

White linen cloth, orange napkins, roses, orange clementines, glitter place cards.
Dinner was served buffet style.

The white linen came out for giving thanks on Thursday, and the evergreen garland went back outdoors, waiting to be hung by the family entry. Peyton and Booie made the most adorable place cards, generously glittering BOTH sides.

Lindsey made the festive balloon garland.

We celebrated Booie’s 30th birthday on Saturday with cocktails, food, a rousing game of Trivia, and a decadent Red Velvet Cake. I brought the silver sequins back for round two, adding a pair of fun Bistro tables. Lindsey made a festive balloon garland like the icing on a good cake, and we all partied the night away.

These little party tricks are easy, relatively affordable, and show your guests that you care. Bonus points when your tablescape is edible; the clementines were enjoyed by young and old alike.

Fun guests and individual ramekins of Mac & Cheese.
Caroline and William.
I’ve been cooking from ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ lately.
Braised onions in house stock.
Stock prep. Nothing quite like homemade.
They are glittering the place cards.

The finished product.
My little sous chef rides to work each day.
A day in the life of the island counter.
I bought myself a new 13-quart French oven. I could easily double the Mac & Cheese recipe; it made me so happy.
Early morning coffee crew.
We also celebrated William with a first birthday cake.
Making the Red Velvet Cake.
As Caroline and the crew will be in Boston, MA, this year for Christmas, we did some early gifting.
Mac & Cheese and mini cupcakes.
Lindsey is making the balloon garland.
I did sneak out for one restaurant dinner and wore my new boots from Jackson, WY.
Denim, stripes, and boots for hunting and gathering food items. 🙂
Sequins and sparkles forever.