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The holidays are here, which means it’s time to decorate! With so many options and ways to decorate, it can seem a bit daunting to figure out where to begin! The best place to start is with the dining table. It’s the heart of the home, and sets the tone for the rest of your decor. Taking part in this time-honored tradition with our loved ones is where the magic of the holidays come alive. Most importantly, it’s where our most cherished memories are made.
Whether you’re starting your holiday decor collection from scratch or you just want to change things up a bit this year, here are some tips on how to decorate your table for the holidays:

1. Pick a Theme

Themes give you direction to go with your decorating, will save you lots of time, and keep you organized! Themes can include winter wonderland, buffalo plaid, rustic farmhouse, and be as simple as just picking a color! Most importantly, a theme helps pull everything together!
If you’re having trouble deciding, or finding the exact piece you need, you can DIY it!  For example, places like The Rustic Brush host social-crafting DIY workshops and DIY at Home crafting kits for all skill levels. First, you’ll pick your custom project, then they’ll give you all the materials you need, and finally they’ll guide you every step of the way! So, if you need the perfect centerpiece or lazy susan to complete your table, you can make it to match your theme!  Want a tray to carry the food from the kitchen to the table?  You can make one of those too!

2. Play With Color When You Decorate

Color theory can get pretty complex, but trust the science and use color to make an impact. Most importantly, have plenty of neutral shades like white, black, wood, gold and silver to keep things balanced. For example, to keep things subtle decorate within the same color family. A great way to do this is using different shades of blue like pastels, royal blue, and navy. To shake things up, try decorating with muted, bold, and complementary shades of traditional holiday colors. Decorate with sage green and scarlet or light cranberry and olive green for a fun new twist. Or, skip tradition entirely and go with what you like! Who says pink can’t be a Christmas color!?

3. Decorate With Texture

Just like color, texture sets the mood and can make a big difference when you decorate. Fabric, wood, and metal all add a different look to your table.  For instance, a fabric tablecloth sets a beautiful starting point and foundation for your table, whereas adding a burlap runner gives it a completely different look.  Put a wood tray on top of that with metal handles, and you have all of the elements covered. Take your time making the wood elements on your table and consider whether you want them to be painted, distressed, or rustic for completely different looks. Try different projects to see what you like best!

4. Decorate With Props

You don’t have to stick with flowers and greenery when you decorate, try something different! For instance, candles, pinecones, lights, mason jars, snowflakes, wood decor, and even candy can be used to make your holiday decorating fun and special.  Chargers underneath your dinner plates are a beautiful prop that adds some extra color and texture to your table. Try learning to fold napkins in a fun way and display them on top of your plates.   Props add a nice touch to your table and everyone will be talking about how beautifully set your dining table is this year.

About The Rustic Brush

The Rustic Brush DIY studios offers instructor-led workshops designed to help you create one-of-a-kind décor for your home or business, or to gift to that special someone. They provide all of the materials you’ll need to create a personalized work-of-art. Their instructors will assist you in creating an original and customized masterpiece from start to finish, whether you’re a beginner or more seasoned DIYer. Their relaxed and social environment is perfect for entertaining and celebrating special events. They are also a BYOB establishment and welcome you to make yourself at home. Come alone or bring your family, friends, co-workers to share this social crafting experience with others! For project ideas or to book your next corporate party workshop visit: