Set a Stun­ning Tablescape

Get our de­signer ad­vice for mak­ing sure your hol­i­day ta­ble is set for suc­cess.

Country Sampler Holiday Homes December 2018 - - Inside - PHOTO BY SHUT­TER­STOCK/BY FUSIONSTUDIO.

Get our de­signer ad­vice for mak­ing sure your hol­i­day ta­ble is set for suc­cess.

Dress the Ta­ble

Ta­ble linens are the foun­da­tion of your guests’ din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. They give life to the ta­ble and add fo­cus to the room.

TABLE­CLOTH

A table­cloth soft­ens a space and pro­vides a touch of el­e­gance for spe­cial oc­ca­sions. It can also con­ceal an unattrac­tive table­top. The cloth’s over­hang can be long (if a for­mal event) or short (if a ca­sual meal or if the ta­ble legs are eye-catch­ing).

TA­BLE RUN­NER

A tra­di­tional run­ner lays length­wise down the cen­ter of the ta­ble, with 6-10" of over­hang on ei­ther end. It should cover about one-third of the table­top and serve as a mid­point for lin­ing up place set­tings and the cen­ter­piece. If us­ing both a cloth and a run­ner, be sure that their over­hang is equal so they align pre­cisely.

PLACE MATS

Place mats add color and im­pact. Use them on a bare ta­ble (es­pe­cially for sim­pler meals or if the table­top it­self is stun­ning), or layer them with a run­ner or cloth (or both!) for more com­plex­ity.

LAYER UP

If us­ing mul­ti­ple types of linens to­gether, choose com­ple­men­tary col­ors, pat­terns or tex­tures for in­ter­est­ing va­ri­ety.

DE­SIGNED AND PHO­TOGRAPHED BY JANET COON OF SHABBYFUFU.COM.

Keep your ta­ble run­ner short if a guest will sit at the end of the ta­ble. If not, let it hang freely like this com­bi­na­tion cen­ter­piece- run­ner from Janet Coon of Shabbyfufu.

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