Tricks for Setting on On-Trend and Budget-Friendly Holiday Table

21 November 2017
  Hey Capital Region! The November Issue of Mini City Saratoga is out now and it includes lots of good reads for this Thanksgiving week, including my budget-friendly ideas for decorating an on-trend holiday table. Check it out here!


My secret weapon for the perfect table setting? Wrapping paper! 


You will need:
-Two rolls of wrapping paper. 
One will be used for the formal table and one will be for the kids’ table. 
Target and Homegoods are always my first stop for stylish patterns!
-A roll of brown craft paper
-12 three-dimensional gift tags. 
These will be used as your “napkin rings”.  
I recommend checking the dollar section at Target!
-Fresh seasonal florals
-Garland and vase-fillers


Since design and color trends change from year to year, using wrapping paper as a table runner is a great way to add pops of colors and pattern to your tablescape.
I use this trick when I’m setting a festive table setting whether it’s a holiday, birthday, shower and in this case, Christmas Eve dinner. It’s a way to embrace a trend without committing to spending more than $5 for a roll. Plus, there’s no stressing when that glass of red wine spills on the disposable wrapping paper!


Start by selecting a color palette and design inspiration for the look of your holiday table. 
Think about how you’ve decorated for past dinner parties and make a list of the essentials that you already have, like linens and place settings.


For my table, my look was inspired by Kate Spade Holiday: think bold colors and graphic patterns mixed with an elegant, classic aesthetic. I began by pairing a red and gold wrapping paper with a simple white cloth tablecloth. Next, I assembled a centerpiece using fresh florals with loose miniature silver Christmas tree ornaments and red grosgrain ribbon sprinkled below. I wanted the red runner and seasonal floral centerpiece to act as the major “moments” in my table design, so simple white china and white linen napkins were a clean backdrop. Red ribbon with tiny bottle-brush pine trees finish the look.


The kids’ table is the perfect opportunity for using a playful, whimsical-motif on your wrapping paper runner. For my kids’ table, the pattern runs in one direction so I cut the paper down the center of the length of the roll to be able to turn the paper’s motif to face all the seats appropriately. Between the patterned wrapping paper, I ran brown craft paper as a runner along the center of the table and wrote the children’s names above each place setting. Tip: leave crayons on the kids table for a mealtime activity. Lastly, I wrapped each napkin with a festive gift tag and inserted a candy cane. 

These fun and thoughtful details will be special for your guests and fuss-free for you!

Thanks so much to Jenny O'K for putting together such a great magazine and for including my two-cents! Please come visit me on Instagram @leeowensdesign and follow Mini City for local resources for parents and kids.

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