A beautiful tablescape can seem like an intimidating prospect, especially when you’ve seen so many examples of polished finished products. But if you break down the elements of a good tablescape, you’ll find that a gorgeous, easy, and wallet-friendly solution isn’t very far away!

Before you start, take some time to consider the look you’re after, and gather up supplies.

7. Take note of small details.

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Use unscented candles, or ones with a more subtle smell (snow-scented candles, if you can find them, are a great choice). That way, they won’t clash with the delicious aromas of your meal! Make sure your centerpieces are not too tall, so they don’t obstruct your guests’ view of each other across the dining table. Only break this rule if you’re using something tall that’s also very slim, like candle tapers. Even then, use them sparingly.

A welcoming tablescape is the perfect way to start off a holiday gathering. And once you’ve gotten comfortable with the basics of a good tablescape, it will become easier and easier to mix and match different pieces, making a beautiful new arrangement each time.

Tablescape Stock Photos Courtsey of Shutterstock

Sarah Olson is a freelance writer based in Seattle. Her writing reflects her expertise in graphic and interior design, as well as her interests in outdoor sports and travel.

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