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It's that time of year again where we find our homes filled to the brim with the people that matter most to us as we celebrate the holidays with loved ones. Wow your guests this year with a holiday table that will leave them singing songs of exaltation and calling you the "hostess with the mostess" with these simple tips! (Image: Ashley Hafstead)

8 easy tips for creating the perfect holiday tablescape

It's that time of year again where we find our homes filled to the brim with the people that matter most to us as we celebrate the holidays with loved ones. Wow your guests this year with a holiday table that will leave them singing songs of exaltation and calling you the "hostess with the mostess" with these simple tips!

1. Color Scheme

The first step in creating your perfect tablescape is to pick a color scheme. If you are looking for more of a modern feel, try mixing metallics with cream or try an alternative take on the traditional red and green by picking either red or green (not both) and repeating different tones of that color with pops of silver or gold.

2. Pick a Tablecloth

All great tablescapes start with a show-stopping tablecloth. But this does not have to break the bank -- think outside the box and look around your house to repurpose items. Here (see photo gallery) I used a Moroccan wedding blanket that usually sits on my bed as a tablecloth. Or maybe try faux furs for a warm and cozy feel; the best part of faux furs is they are machine washable when your guests spill on them!

3. Charger Plates

Don’t be afraid to layer two or three together -- layering adds depth and texture to your table.

4. Plates and Glassware

There is no reason you have to be “matchy matchy” so mix patterns! Your guests will love this playful element. Try mixing different glasses together and giving the head of the table an extra special touch with different salad plates and champagne flutes than the rest of the guests.

5. Napkins

Keep the folding simple and try tucking them under the salad plate with a simple modern fold.

6. Candles

Now this is my favorite part, because you can really get creative and change the whole vibe! Make your table dramatic with a series of different candleholders. With the holidays, the more drama the better so go for taller candleholders.

7. Table Runner

Skip the traditional table runner and use Christmas ornaments, live flowers, flocked greenery or even faux snow instead!

8. Takeaway Gifts

Tis the season for giving, so place a takeaway gift on each place setting that doubles as decor. I love these beautiful starburst ornaments (see photo gallery) from West Elm, but the possibilities are endless here. A personalized recipe from one of the signature dishes you served that evening or a hot spiced cocoa kit would both be excellent. You want to give something that will remind your guests of the wonderful evening they had.

If you follow these tips, your guests will be begging to be put on the guest list for next year’s festivities! Happy Holidays!

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