Three Creative Ideas for Winter Entertaining and Parties

Three Creative Ideas for Winter Entertaining and Parties

The look of your party can be just as important as its other elements. So go above and beyond a plain table setting. Set the mood for your party and provide a striking visual to accompany the feast by creating a thematic “tablescape.”The experts at Bed Bath & Beyond are offering three ideas for elevating your entertaining décor:Rustic LivingA warm, woodsy vibe invites lingering conversation. Skip the tablecloth and add a burlap runner and rattan placemats in rich neutral hues to create a foundation of textures. Bring in some warmth using soft green moss centerpieces and the sleek glitter of champagne flutes.Mix shapes to give the table a casual, welcoming feel. For example, for a rectangular table, use round placemats with square plates. Likewise, use centerpieces of varied heights, such as{{more}}glass candle holders of different sizes accented with rope and filled with moss. Add tall branches to the moss for a dramatic touch.Consider Lenox Park City flatware and china. The porcelain plates are decorated with delicate bare branches and the flatware’s design mimics tree bark.Remember, little details go a long way. Add sprigs of rosemary to Champagne for an evergreen feel and flavor.Glamorous GoldTo create an opulent look, think rich colors, vivid patterns and one of the hottest tabletop trends this season—gold.When opting for a formal setting, avoid mixing shapes and limit your color palette. From placemats to china, repeat soft curves for an overall unified effect. Use a show-stopping place setting that creates richness and visual depth, such as Wedgwood’s Renaissance Gold, which pairs gold with cobalt blue. Mirror these colors with your other table accessories.Use soft touches to keep the look from feeling cold, such as lush roses in full bloom or ferns spray painted gold for a pretty finishing touch.Winter WonderlandBring the best parts of a wintery walk through the woods into your dining room—no shoveling required.Use a lightly golden tablecloth, dotted with silver metallic snowflakes. Reinforce with platinum-and-white place settings and top with a silver snowflake napkin ring.Use faux snow to create a “runner” of snow drifts down the table center, dotting it with real evergreen sprigs to create a natural-looking trail between the diners.Include a hint of metallic shine with silver placemats. Crystal votive holders and mounds of real ice in the champagne bucket add to the table’s sparkle.To keep our snowy scene from feeling too chilly, add Champagne flutes with rich golden accents, and the warm glow of candlelight.More ideas, decorating tips, recipes, printable décor, playlists and inspiration can be found at the “Above & Beyond” blog at blog.bedbathandbeyond.com.At your next dinner party, wow your guests and set the mood for your feast with tablescapes that please the eye.