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Guest Blog Post: Design Tips for Your Holiday Table

Just in time for end-of-year holiday entertaining, we’re excited to share tablescape tips from Christine Janda, whose beautiful designs will be at the 2015 Chicago Flower & Garden Show presented by Mariano’s. Check out her advice to spruce up your seasonal table as you celebrate the holidays and the new year!

There’s no better time than the holidays to do something extra gorgeous, glamorous and special for your loved ones. Where to start? Your dinner table! After all, it’s all about the big special meal at the holidays.

Below are my favorite holiday table design tips for making a breathtaking statement for your guests this special time of year.

The holidays are a time of year to pump up the glitz and glamour. Stick with a bright and cheery traditional red and mix in luxe shimmering black for a formal look that screams fancy and fun. This contour linen is stunning and when combined with shimmering black linen, it’s party time.


I love the warmth gold brings to the table so incorporate this shine throughout the table from napkins, glassware and more. Finish the big pop of color with rich red mercury votives, found at almost every home store during this time of year. Don’t have red? Gold in various shades would be just as beautiful.

For a modern twist to the traditional poinsettia plant or pave red rose flowers of the holidays, mix in unexpected textural flowers such as mokara orchids and parrot tulips. Leafy greens, including seeded eucalyptus and ferns, are simply gorgeous because the black in the anemones and black privet tie the design back to the dramatic color scheme of the table. Your guests will be intrigued by the mix-matched cohesiveness of this centerpiece.


The final touch? Pine-accented mokara orchid boutonnieres for guests to pin on as they take their seat. There’s nothing more special than every guest receiving their very own flower at the beginning of dinner.

Gilded gold china, layer upon layer, eliminate the need of a charger. Fold your napkin in thirds, wrap horizontally between your salad and dinner plate and top with gorgeous holiday ribbon—Voila! A “gift” at each and every seat.

Mix in grandmother’s crystal with your own modern pieces. Our favorite rental option? Nimble Well glassware, in every color, shape and beautiful pattern.


Just like the perfect necklace completes an outfit, “accessories” on a table do just that. Printed menus not only let guests get excited for the meal to come, but also create a gorgeous design element to your table, setting the tone for the dinner party. Our favorite Chicago custom designs come from LBrown Design & Paperie.

Your guests will love to take home a special favor and these teeny tiny lanterns, accented with their name, is the perfect touch. Any ornament that is special to you when personalized makes a timeless holiday gift.

Lastly, leave a message on each setting to welcome guests to a holiday dinner they won’t forget. Back with colored card stock paper for a finished look.


For more exciting tablescape inspiration, make sure to follow Christine on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Catch her designs live at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, March 14-22 at Navy Pier. Get your tickets by December 31 and save $5 off the total box office price with code NEWYEAR15!

Floral and Tabletop Design: Christine Janda Design & Events
Photography: Becky Brown Photography
Paper Design: LBrown Design & Paperie
Vintage Glassware: Nimble Well
Rentals: Tablescapes
Linen: BBJ Linen



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