Setting the Table with Highland Gardens

The holidays are here! Many of us welcome the spirit of the season into our homes by hosting dinner parties for friends and family.  That means prepping the house, planning the food, doing the shopping, playing hostess and setting the scene for a festive holiday spread! This can be a lot of fun, but also a bit daunting right? Don’t stress! We are here to help you out with setting the perfect scene by sharing our 5 tips to a beautiful tablescape that is sure to have your guests feeling wow’d!


#1: Pick your Vibe

Deciding whether you want a casual sit down or more formal dining atmosphere is the first step. Choosing the dinner experience you want to create will help you select the right materials when sifting through all of your tablecloth and dinnerware options. Often the best place to start when making this decision is to look at what you already have. Do you own dishes and table linens that evoke elegance and formality, or are you working with “everyday comfort” kinds of things? Either way, assess what you have on hand, and then note where you may need to fill in some of the gaps. 

For this post, we chose to create a warm and inviting tablescape for Thanksgiving with the focus being casual elegance. 



#2: Set the Tone

Now let’s get down to business! First consider adding a tablecloth or table runner to help set the tone you want to create for the evening. This will add softness, warmth, and that ever important element of texture. It will also create a nice backdrop for the rest of your setting. Of course, if you have a beautiful wood grain table that you love and  you want a more causal or stream lined and modern feel, let that be your foundation and jumping off point for the rest of the tablescape. 

Our tablecloth evokes an inviting and comfortable mood with it’s large scale pattern in a classic black and white color scheme. Keeping it subtle but tailored adds that bit of sophistication we are going for!



#3: Create depth with Layers

Rather than placing your dishes next to each other on the table, layer one on top of the other to add depth and dimension. This prevents the setting from feeling flat and common. Don’t forget about those beautiful linen napkins you haven’t used since last year! (Your guests are worth that little bit of extra laundry!) We suggest layering them on the table either as a soft landing between dishes, or right on top as a welcoming “pick me up” for your guests when they sit down to eat. 




#4: Bring it to Life!

Once you have your dinnerware set, wake up your table with a beautiful live arrangement. Adding floral or greenery is the key to creating that indefinable “something special” and elevates the entire occasion. It adds a splash of color and helps soften all of the hard materials, not to mention it’s just plain pretty to look at! For a formal setting, consider one large piece in the center of the table. For a more causal feel, place three smaller arrangements down the middle. Just make sure your arrangements aren’t too tall… you want your guests to be able to see each other across the table.

Our florists at Highland Gardens put together this breathtaking arrangement as a centerpiece for our table. The fresh fall color scheme contrasts nicely with all of the black and white finishes we have going on. 




#5: It’s all in the Details

Our final tip to creating a beautiful tablescape is add the little details that elevate your setting and make your guests feel special! Some examples are beautiful glass votives sprinkled throughout the table, candlesticks or tapers grouped together at either end, or possibly ribbon-tied evergreen sprigs or name cards for each place setting. These simple yet thoughtful touches make your holiday table feel luminous and your guests will undoubtedly feel honored and welcomed. One of the greatest gifts you can offer is your hospitality when you invite loved ones to sit down, stay a while, and feel at home for the holidays!




Watch the video below to really see our table come to life!