An Herbaceous Holiday Tablescape That Smells as Good as It Looks

With the holidays looking so different this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about what our tables will look like. As a professional florist, I’ve always loved setting tables—whatever the size of gathering—and the intention behind it seems more important…

With the holidays looking so different this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about what our tables will look like. As a professional florist, I’ve always loved setting tables—whatever the size of gathering—and the intention behind it seems more important than ever: to create a sense of comfort, care, and beauty for the ones we love.

Which is why holiday tables are my favorite. Late fall and winter present us with the opportunity to go inward, hold what is dear to us close, and celebrate the year that’s passed (even if that’s a little harder to do this year). It’s also a nod to the season; I like my holiday table to create a personal connection to nature and all that winter has to offer.

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The 30-Second Trick to Upgrade Any Place Setting

If there is one element that can transform your tablescape, it is the deceptively subtle multipurpose linen napkin. Even if you use the same dishes and flatware at every gathering, if you change up your napkins or even play with varied napkin folds, an…

If there is one element that can transform your tablescape, it is the deceptively subtle multipurpose linen napkin. Even if you use the same dishes and flatware at every gathering, if you change up your napkins or even play with varied napkin folds, any gathering can be transformed into an elegant and special occasion.

One basic tip on harnessing the versatile power of the napkin: have a few different color options in your linen closet, so you can vary shades to complement the food, florals, setting and occasion. You can hand-fold a napkin in a variety of ways and use a diverse range of materials to tie or shape linens, such as ribbons, floral elements, and napkin rings.

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