This post is brought to your by our friends at Chinet® who are classing up our holiday tables with their Chinet® Cut Crystal® and allowing us to chat with our guests all night long, instead of standing in the kitchen doing dishes for hours. Thank you Chinet® Cut Crystal®, another glass of wine does sound good!
Entertaining – you either love it or hate it. I love/hate it – if that makes sense?! I love the idea of having people over – the preparing of a meal, maybe a signature cocktail, lighting candles to make the house smell all lovely, splurging on extra flowers for the table, impressing your guests with a decadent dessert even though everyone is stuffed from that delicious dinner… you get where we are headed here. It’s the holidays and we’re splurging hard!
But then the actual day comes and I haven’t prepped like I should have been, or the meal I had in mind is taking WAY longer than I had anticipated and I have almost broken down because I didn’t have cupcake liners and there I am, standing there with a bowl of batter, and no where to go.
The dog is barking, the flowers are making a quick descent into death, no one can find anything to light the candles – it’s all going wrong! This magical image I had in my mind is looking more like one of those Pinterest fail galleries that make you laugh, but only because that wasn’t you.
And you know what, in the end, it all works out. Your friends have happily chatted, drank and ate the night away – they’re stuffed from the roasted chicken and polenta, the braised Brussels sprouts and grilled acorn squash, and you’ve finished them off with chocolate mousse topped with fresh whipped cream.
Everyone’s headed home happy (secretly – you hope a pound or two fatter) and you shut the door, turn and realize there is a monster in your house. A gigantic, cruel creature that has managed to crawl from the kitchen, atop the dining room table, to every flat surface in the living room and beyond. It’s the dirty dish monster and he has done a number on your house!
You’ve used every fork, spoon and knife in the drawer, the plates are stacked far beyond the rim of the sink – they’re one light breeze away from toppling into the floor, and there are glasses –half full – as far as the eye can see. You swear you had six people over, from the sight of your house, it couldn’t have been less than a hundred.
But this year I’m being smart, this year I’m not messing with that, this year I’m using Chinet® Cut Crystal® disposable tableware. You can have your classy affair with dazzling drinkware, beautifully rimmed plates and sturdy flatware without resulting to crumbly paper plates and flimsy forks that usually lose a prong or two before you’ve even had your third bite.
You can do all that and have a beautiful table. One your guest will be envious of and say, “How did you do all that?” Below are a few of my favorite tips for achieving your beautiful party tablescape, without sacrificing a great party look, but also at the same time not banishing yourself to what feels like a lifetime sentence of dishes with no possibility of parole.
All these flowers you see here (plus a few more that didn’t make it in the photos) were bought for under $25 at Trader Joe’s. I always buy a few different bunches, take them all apart, and re-arrange them to my preference. And always look for some greenery. It’s cheap, fills up a bouquet and you can always use it on the table either for garland or to nestle place cards or napkins in. My favorite is eucalyptus, plus is smells amazing!
These are cheap four for $1 votive holders that I spray-painted gold. Candles create great mood lighting and can reduce your overhead lights to provide a more intimate setting. I buy long burning candles that burn for 10+ hours, so you don’t have to worry about replacing them throughout the night.
If you’re trying to achieve a certain theme and color is important, a plate charger, especially when using Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware, is perfect. Their tableware is clear and works with anything, making your possibilities endless. Plate chargers can also be re-used multiple times and at the most, might need a wipe down at the end of the night.
Nothing makes your guest feel more special than having something that is individualized especially for them. This could easily be some kraft paper with their name, designating their seating location. You could also use a gel pen to write on rocks or large leaves. This is one place you can let your creativity run wild!
Color and texture are so important when thinking about a table and we’ve got the color down with flowers and plate chargers – now texture. Cloth napkins not only provide texture to the table, but they also give it a feeling of elegance. They can also be beneficial when determining how you want your place setting to look – you can simply set your flatware on top, layer it in between plates, or throw some greenery on top.
So those are five of my favorite ways to dress up a table.
My sixth – Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware! The Chinet® Cut Crystal® line is beautiful for any holiday party and allows you to have that extra glass of wine at the end of the night with your friends and family. Much better than scrubbing dishes all night long! And may I recommend visiting mychinet.com for more inspired ideas, DIYs, craft and recipes.