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Creative Tablescape Design to Inspire your Next Holiday Gala

The decor is very important when it comes to setting the party's ambiance. Dimly lit space decorated with soft colours; Wooden wall creating a warm atmosphere, adds a nice touch to the decor. Delicacy on display in the buffet exudes a sense of calm, serenity and tranquillity, making your decor look modern. The decor sets the stage for any event, keeping the stress level of the guests down, making it a most notable attraction. You just turned an empty and bland room into something beautiful. To create a tablescape, you may decide on simple things such as banners, centrepieces, colours, displays, fabrics, florals, lights, tableware, etc., but it all depends on the event you are planning.


There are three options to consider for your decor you should know before planning your decor: Rent it, Buy it, or Outsource it.

1. Rent Your Decor


Hiring a client for decor rentals can be cheaper than buying it. But this can apply if you organize a one-off event and don't need the decor for the future. However, the downside of renting may be that you can lose out on a potential revenue stream.


2. Buy Your Decor


This can be the better option for many reasons. If you plan on using the decor for more than one event and it is more expensive to rent, this is the safer option. However, you are responsible for its storage, maintenance and replacement, which will be additional costs.


3. Outsourcing Your Decor


You can also wholly outsource your event decoration to a third-party company. This is great because you can build long-term relationships with these companies. However, it costs you the event decorator by paying both labour and rentals. This option is on the expensive side.


Decorating your Event on a Budget


Whatever and however you choose to do with your decor, here are also some budget-friendly and DIY tips for your decor:


1. Use Cheap Fabrics

You can use these to cover cheap tables and chairs, making them look more elegant.

2. Use Design Templates

Instead of having your signage, invites, itineraries, menus and name cards were professionally done by a graphic designer. Use your imagination and design your own using Canva.

3. Arrange your own flowers.

It is not cheap to hire a professional florist. You can purchase your own bunch and create your own. Here is a video on how to arrange your florals:

4. Stick to Your Theme


Always keep the event theme in mind. Whether or not you can decide what specific event decor pieces to include in your tablescape.

5. Inspiration

Pinterest is the best platform to find your inspiration.

To make a tablescape, you want to first think about what you want to achieve – is it a celebratory, formal or relaxed evening. There are many factors to consider when creating your tablescape:

1. Build Your Tablescape around the Centrepiece

Depending on the theme or holiday you are hosting, the centrepiece should be your starting point. You should make it the focal feature of your tablescape, so you should want to make it stand out.

2. Match Your Tablescape to Your Decor

This is important as it should complement its surroundings. So during the festive season, if it was a Christmas theme, choose a colourway and the materials that work with the decor throughout the rest of the space in the room.

3. Look to nature

For a relaxing look, long loose sprigs and branches of eucalyptus and ivy trail along with the table runner or add pine cones to enhance the earthy and natural feel. This will add a fresh and lively dimension to your table. It would be best if you also went with sustainability by using a selection of potted flowers that allows for guests to take home the flowers and plant them in their garden or keep them as is, where fresh flowers tend to last for two days before wilting away. By implementing sustainability items in the event, we are becoming more eco-friendly.

4. Opt for Elegance

Let's go back to minimalism; you do not want your table to look overcrowded but yet you still want it to be the centre of attention in the room. There are many dinnerware and tablewares that are great for the festive season, setting out structured glasses such as champagne, wine, and water will bring your guests to the restaurant level setting. Presetting your table also makes it easier for planners.

5. Choose a Colour Scheme

Transferring traditional holiday colour schemes to your dining table will capture your guests in the festivities; for example, Easter would be light, pastel colours, or Christmas would be the traditional red and green.

Elevate your colour and use your inspirations to help you. Use this throughout your table scapes, such as flatware, linens, glassware and any centrepieces or floral arrangements.

6. Consider Textures

The texture is essential when it comes to creating a multi-dimensional tablescape.

7. Create Height

Heighten your florals using risers and finish with tall candles. Layering heights adds drama and a sense of occasion. Make use of chargers, dinner plates and decorative plates.

8. Unique Place cards

You can be very creative with your place cards. You can also use the website Canva to design your place cards. It helps everyone avoid that awkward situation of knowing where to sit, showing organization throughout the event.

9. Be Creative with Chic Linen Napkins

Add Linen Napkins. Use your inspiration to design and fold your linen napkins that fit your tablescapes' theme.

9. Work With the Season

Tablescaping is a year-round activity, you can create different looks with various seasons, occasions and holidays. It can be enjoyable since there is such an abundance of natural beauty.

10. Focus Attention To Your Guests

Lastly, your goal is to give your guests a lasting impression and memory. You can also add a small individual gift to each of your guests and place it on the dinner plates or in front of them. You can be very innovative with your tablespace. Whether it is your napkin setting or the centrepiece, think of something unique and create a tablescape that complements your theme.


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