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Guest Blog Post: What’s On Your Holiday Tabletop?

Hunter Kaiser is a creative designer whose tablescape will be featured at the 2014 Chicago Flower and Garden Show. With the holidays among us, Hunter wanted to share some easy, unique and fun ideas to help brighten your tabletop this season (and all year long). 


Floral has long since been the standard for your tabletop, but it is also fun to get savvy with how you spend your dollars wisely.

I love to have a collection of objects to help set the mood. For Thanksgiving, the colors that are still lingering in the season make it onto my holiday table—a figurative pheasant or turkey can always be a prop used from year to year and supplemented with floral.


Also, think about getting your décor up high to almost create a canopy of intimacy for you and your guests. Use dry goods like vines, wheat and the like, which can be reserved for years to come.

Fruit is a fantastic centerpiece. Try grouping pears, apples, persimmon and even crowning it with the colonial American symbol of welcome—the pineapple. Even better, this arrangement becomes part of one of your future meals!


I have recently become entranced with succulents. A close-up shot shows a wonderful contemporary centerpiece in a sleek glass trough where we clustered a variety of succulents tightly. This is a centerpiece guaranteed to give you months of mileage.


Our lives are complex enough, so sometimes it’s necessary to just simplify your centerpiece. A lineup of budvases with individual stems of wonderful sculptural flowers or a single vessel with one type of flower can keep costs down, but keep the elegance up!


One other thing to consider is what to ground your centerpiece with. Think about how your collection of items will be held together and not just disappear into the tablecloth. Mirrors are wonderful for this. They are inexpensive, and with some candles they can really set off a romantic sparkle.


Don’t think about a vase as your only option for your vessel also. An old soup tureen, small galvanized buckets, juice glasses or votive holders can all give you a range of scales for rethinking your tabletop. You probably have the makings of your tabletop already in the house—sometimes we just have to think outside our comfort zone.

Happy holiday entertaining!


Be sure to visit Hunter and our entire tablescapes display at the upcoming Chicago Flower & Garden Show this March 15-23. All photos provided by the author. 

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