With a month of celebrations ahead, the Remodelista editors spent the week rounding up ideas for setting a festive table. Here are their tips for no-fuss entertaining, with style:
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Cocktail Party Kit
“Our theory is this: You’re more likely to throw an impromptu drinks or dinner party when your tabletop elements are kept at the ready in one place,” writes Alexa. See her tips in Steal This Look: The Instant Cocktail Party Kit.
For the holiday season, “sawhorse tables, assembled from goods from the hardware or lumber store, can easily flat-pack when not in use,” writes Annie. “Come time for a celebration, assemble one stand-alone table for an intimate dinner party, or create a long, grand table.” See more inspiration at Small-Space DIY: 7 Sawhorse Dining Tables for Impromptu Gatherings.
When you choose a palette for the table settings, “Think about your overall theme for your gathering, and pick a color scheme that matches,” says Tricia. “Are you aiming for warm and earthy, slow food, homemade bread? Layer tones such as moss and natural for an earthen, autumnal table. Going for sharp and wintery style? Off-white and ink colors layer beautifully for a crisp white and blue palette. Moody, brooding fig brings an urbane edge and makes everything look richer.”