If you’re anything like me, you have an ongoing Pinterest board of ideas flowing for how to get ready for the holidays. Now that Florida has finally hit below 70 degrees, it’s officially, official. It’s often second nature to grab the tubs of decorations stored in the garage or the dreaded closet full of stuff and slap your decor up in the usual places. It’s okay—we’ve all been there. Some of us just need some inspiration to get our creative decorating wheels turning.

Last year, I was invited to a quaint dinner and I still cannot believe how amazing the tablescaping was. Yes, you heard right. Tablescaping, as in the act of creatively arranging a tabletop so that it conveys a specific theme, mood and experience. The tablescaping at this dinner was not only absolutely jaw-dropping, but it set the tone for a wonderful evening and left me feeling inspired.

Now, before some of you hesitate and think “Michelle, I don’t have a luxurious dining table,” rest reassured that won’t be a problem. These tablescaping ideas are suitable for all tables, large or small, tall or short.

Table Runner
First things first: the table runner. Protect your table and make a gorgeous statement. Steer clear of your mother’s plaid hand-me-down and use a jute embroidered burlap table runner. Its rustic touch will pair beautifully with a sparkling Christmas table and will warm up the table with its tree-shaped accents.

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Fire logs
If you’re thinking of implementing fire logs into your table design, I recommend placing tea light candles on top for a dazzling touch. Wooden logs, adorned with garland (or even palm fonds for my fellow Floridians) and pinecones add a festive charm to a table dominated by high-spirited conversation.

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Lanterns
Lanterns are an excellent way to decorate your table. The looks are truly endless, but I recommend filling your lanterns with stringed fairy lights to bring the wonder of the wintry season.

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Ornaments
Christmas ornaments don’t just belong on the tree. Bring your table to life by sprinkling a few glitter ornaments around the table or filling a platter to make a shining centerpiece.

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Name Cards
Make your guests feel like the true VIPs that they are by using name card placements. For a traditional feel, use deliciously smelling rosemary wreaths.

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Ta-da! You now have your glitzy tablescape ready for your next holiday party. Cheers to that and cheers to you!

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Image Sources:
Napkins: https://www.hometalk.com/11413161/no-sew-fringe-napkins
Log Centerpiece: http://diyjoy.com/diy-christmas-centerpieces
Fairy Lights: http://everydayled.com/item/outdoor-led-lights/solar-powered-string-light-amir-100-leds-starry-string-lights-copper-wire-lights-ambiance-lighting-for-outdoor-gardens-homes-dancing-christmas-partywarm-white
Bowl Centerpiece: http://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/g644/christmas-tables-1208/
Place Cards: https://camillestyles.com/living/diy/rosemary-wreath-place-cards/