5 genius tips for creating the perfect holiday tablescape, according to an expert

Holiday party season is now in full swing!

Whether you're having a small gathering this year or you're in charge of hosting the entire family for Christmas dinner, organizing a holiday party of any scale is a major undertaking. Planning the menu, cooking it all and having everything go off without a hitch is enough to worry about, let alone how you will be decorating your table. 

But since decor and ambiance really are what can help to make your party feel special (and memorable), we turned to celebrity event and floral designer, Bronwen Smith of B Floral, NYC’s premiere full-scale event design firm, to get all of her best tips and tricks on setting a festive mood. Scroll through the gallery below to see all of Smith's tips in action!

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1. Make an immediate impact as guests enter your dining room

"A unique way to elevate your table is to create a table runner composed of fresh florals, greenery and berries, which will surely ‘wow’ your guests."

Photo: Saul Metnick

2. Monochromatic holiday style 

"Stick to flowers and décor in a single holiday hue to create a festive ambiance at your Christmas gathering. An arrangement using all red florals and berries provides a modern twist on a traditional holiday staple."

Photo: Dyad Photography

3. Feature a pop of unexpected color on your holiday tablescape

"Touches of pastels in peach, pink and purple can be incorporated in floral arrangements alongside traditional winter elements such as pinecones and berries in sleek, silver vases."

Photo: Dyad Photography

4. As you begin to brainstorm, don’t forget to take advantage of seasonal fruits

"Holiday staples such as cranberries, figs and pomegranates can be used in centerpieces or as table décor. Take your everyday hurricane candle holder and place fresh cranberries inside to create a festive centerpiece."

Photo: Dyad Photography

5. Embrace a rustic holiday tablescape

"Incorporate branches from winter trees such as pine and birch and place pine branches throughout the center of the table to create an inviting table runner. You can also attach branches to the back of guests’ chairs for an additional rustic touch."

Photo: Dyad Photography

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