Crafting the right table decorations is a wonderful way to elevate the mood of any event in your home. There’s no doubt, though, that curating table decor can be intimidating and stressful, especially if you don’t have much experience doing it.
We get it: It’s already overwhelming enough to work through the logistics of hosting a dinner with friends and family. That’s why we’ve done the heavy lifting for you, curating collections and creating striking tablescapes in a box to make the process easier than ever.
Keep reading to get the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about table decorations. We’re also throwing in some bonus tips to help you put together your tablescapes with confidence.
Let’s jump into our top questions!
How Do I Mix Heights in Table Decorations Without Blocking Views?
Using candles, especially the tapered variety, is one of the best ways to add height to any tablescape. Ivory and white candles are great go-to colors for any scheme, but if you want to add more visual interest, using coloured tapered candles is a great solution.
While it’s important that your table decorations are aesthetically-pleasing for your dinner party, what’s more important is the mood they set for your event. Table decor that is too tall or crowded creates distractions, discourages conversation, and can make your gathering feel awkward and stuffy. To avoid this, try adding short and tall elements to your table, which carries the eye and creates a more relaxed atmosphere.
A good rule of thumb is to make sure the height is no taller than 12 inches above the tabletop for bulky pieces like flower centerpieces. Instead, opt for a small flower centerpiece with two or three short bud vases in coordinating colors to your centerpiece. Then, add a few tall, tapered candles to add some height and elevate the look of your decor.
Bonus! Coordinate a color from the flower centerpiece with your tapered candles for a more put-together look.
Do I Need a Vase Centerpiece for My Table?
While vase centerpieces are an attractive option for any tablescape, they are not the only option. There are so many creative, fun ways to craft a beautiful centerpiece.
Using candles as a centerpiece creates an air of simplicity, elegance, and warmth to table decorations. To keep it visually interesting, try using candles in coordinating colors that vary in height and width.
Laid greenery or garlands also make beautiful centerpieces. These focal points add a pop of color and bring an organic feel to table decorations. Plus, they’re very on-trend right now!
Try filling a bowl with fruits and vegetables if you’re looking for a more traditional alternative to vase centerpieces. Consider filling the bowl with fruits and veggies that are in season for an extra special touch.
One misconception about centerpieces is that they must be grandiose, but that’s not true. A single stem flower in a vase is an understated, yet gorgeous display option.
Do I Have to Use a Table Linen for My Dining Table?
You’re not breaking any table decorations rules by opting out of using a table linen. You can still create a gorgeous layout for your dinner party without using table linens at all.
If you’re looking for an alternative to more traditional table linens, keep in mind that there’s nothing wrong with going for a shorter-length linen. Rather than using table linens that touch the floor, you can choose one that only falls a foot or two from the table’s surface. These types of linens also aren’t as easily snagged by guests getting up and down.
Pair your table linen with our Maison Collection or ditch the linens and use the collection alone for a more understated, effortless look.
Is White the Best Color for Table Linens?
Even though white table linens are the classic choice, they aren’t the only way to go. If you’re feeling more adventurous, there’s nothing wrong with adding color to your linens. The key to keeping the table looking classy is all in how you style the table decorations.
If you typically opt to stay away from colored linens, dip your toes in with muted-colored linens, like pastels and neutral tones. Once you get more comfortable with color, you can work your way up to using more bold colors, like those in our Desert Heat collection.
If you’re struggling to decide which colors to use, you can look to the foods you’re serving as inspiration. What colors would complement the colors on your menu? Our Maison Collection features a range of colors you can reference for inspiration, and more colors are coming soon! Stay tuned.
What are the Basics of a Table Setting?
Perfecting your table settings is the key to throwing memorable dinner parties. Even though table settings might seem like a small detail, they are one of the most critical parts of your setup! The first step to mastery is understanding the basics.
Here is a quick rundown of the “musts” for table decorations:
- Candle Holders
Each of these items should be selected with your theme in mind. Ensuring the look of your table decorations is cohesive brings order and peace to your special events. Remember: your table settings are more than just functional; they help set the mood for the entire event! When coordinated with your theme, they set off the whole look.
Our mission is to provide table decorations that are neutral enough to work with a range of table settings. Setting up for a dinner party has never been easier!
Want to Take the Stress Out of Planning Table Decorations?
Whether you’re looking for simplicity, class, serenity, or excitement out of your table decorations, we have something for everyone! Check out our Maison Collection, curated to cater to hosts with an eclectic range of styles and preferences.