November is the roll out of the holiday season, which is filled with the anticipation of get-togethers with family and friends. I say this of course with Thanksgiving in mind, which always requires a little planning. Whether you are hosting the entire family or keeping it loose with a group of friends, early November is a great time to start getting organized. This will help eliminate any excess stress closer to the holidays!
Many of my clients and friends have come to me over the years asking for various Holiday decorating advice. There are some common challenges I have discovered. First, a centerpiece is always nice, but can be tricky. You either need to keep it low enough so everyone can see over it, or commit to something on a pedestal, that brings it up, and out of the visual line of sight. If you have higher ceilings, a full blown candelabra can be fabulous, but then let it be the feature, and keep all your other details and color statements simple, acting as background.
I’m always fond of candlelight, so a wonderful way to decorate the table is with a variety of pillar candles. These Cathedral Candles would be a wonderful addition to any holiday décor. Garnish the table with some greenery, such as moss or pine leaves to give it a festive and elegant feel.
Spare seating is a must. You’ll want to be able to accommodate any extra guests if needed. Many of us have extra chairs that we can pull from other areas of our home, but if not, make sure that you select something that is the proper height for your table to help ensure your guests comfort. For a nice spare chair, I like these Verona Padded Chairs. It’s simple yet sturdy and you can’t go wrong with the padded seat!
Lighting your dining area is also very important, and is a reflection of the mood you are creating. A central hanging pendant is a traditional solution with a variety of fabulous options. I love these Salottino Mica Lights. They cast a beautiful warm glow, creating the perfect dining ambiance.
Last but not least, your guests will usually inquire as to what they can bring, which can open the door to some odd menu conflicts. Instead, invite them to bring a bottle of their favorite wine. It’s a fun way to try new varieties or vintners and allows your guests to share something they love.
Wishing you a stylish, fun and stress-free holiday season!