When it comes to hosting holiday parties, family dinners and even small, intimate gatherings, presentation is an important part of any get-together. Not only can a lovely tablescape or artful plating make the meal more desirable, it’s also a lot of fun! In the spirit of the holidays, Traina Foods offers ideas on how to create an elegant holiday tablescape — without breaking the bank!
Food for Thought —
Using food in tablescapes is creative, colorful and easy because there are endless ideas right in the refrigerator, pantry or grocery store produce section. For example, consider a Rococo-style masterpiece by placing whole dried fruits and nuts in their shells into a bough of bay leaf and rosemary. The result is not only visually stunning, the aroma of the bay leaf and rosemary enhances the aromas of the meal itself. A tall, clear vase filled with lemons and cranberries can serve as a centerpiece while halved citrus (think red grapefruit, blood oranges, and limes) along the center of the table with pine garland is another idea that also offers a natural scented bonus.
Repurpose, Repurpose, Repurpose —
A beautiful tablecloth, napkins or table runner can be made from excess cloth one might find at a second hand or thrift store. Pinecones or twigs that have fallen from the trees or even river rocks can be spray-painted white for an elegant “winter white” look. And a fun, festive centerpiece can be made by filling a short, wide clear glass vase with candy canes (facing outward) and then filled with Christmas balls that are no longer hung on the tree. Empty wine bottles or old mason jars (of multiple sizes) become festive vessels that brighten any table by putting small strands of colorful or white LED lights (sometimes called fairy lights) inside.
Dollar Store Dress-Up —
Many dollar store items can be recreated into elegant yet inexpensive items for a festive holiday table. For example, large clear glass or plastic ball ornaments can be filled with red and green or gold and silver confetti or tinsel and small strips of paper with guests’ names, then used as placeholders. Colorful glass beads can be used in so many ways such as gluing them to glass containers of varying shapes and sizes that can be made into vases or candleholders.
There is no end to the fun and innovative ways to dress a holiday table. Traina Foods invites hosts and hostesses to get crafty and creative this year when it comes to putting together the perfect tablescape.