Five Tips for a Last Minute Holiday Tablescape

Five Tips for a Last Minute Holiday Tablescape

Everyone gets busy with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Hosting family or a Friendsgiving is a significant undertaking! On Fleming Lane, we have a few tips to help you assemble your last minute holiday tablescape, beautifully and effortlessly! We envision a layout with personality, but not too stuffy. After all, you want your guests to feel at home. There is a time and place for everything, including fine china, but here we emphasize mixing high and low price points to create an approachable tablescape.

Five Tips for a Last Minute Holiday Tablescape

Five Tips for a Last Minute Holiday Tablescape


Layering is essential for adding texture and mixing price points. It also helps your layout look and feel more curated. First, we recommend layering different plate patterns together. For example, we love balancing a detailed china pattern with simple white plates. Additionally, we like to incorporate rattan, candlesticks, and votives. If you are looking for a few last minute layers, we recommend stopping by your local consignment or antique store. Keep an open mind as you wander through the aisles, you never know what treasures you will find!

Choose Organic Materials

On Fleming Lane, we believe introducing organic materials brings a tablescape to life. Keep an eye out while shopping at your local grocery store or gourmet market for beautiful, seasonal produce and flowers. For example, we love how fresh chestnuts bring rich color, texture, and that cheerful holiday feeling! We also look for brussels sprouts on their stalks, mini gourds, and pumpkin tree bunches.

Select a Simple Color Palette

We encourage you to choose a simple color palette, including only a few colors, as a guide for your selections. For example, we love dark burgundy mixed with red shades, gold accents, and soft white tones. Our Bordeaux Crown Candles pair perfectly with this pallet...and red wine! Finally, gold is one of our favorite holiday accent colors because it adds a subtle, glamorous touch.

Five Tips for a Last Minute Holiday Tablescape

Do Not Hesitate to Ask For Help

Just because you volunteer to host a holiday party or gathering, does not mean you have to do it all alone. Guests are always happy to help and usually feel more comfortable when they can participate in some way, whether that entails bringing their favorite dish or bottle of wine. If you are new to home ownership and have not acquired as many entertaining pieces as you would like, simply ask one of your friends or family members if they have what you are looking for. They might even be inspired to use the piece you borrowed more often! Overall, asking for help makes others feel more included, provides a sense of relief to you, and lets you in on some of their best talents and belongings!

Remember What Counts

At the end of the day, try not to get too wrapped up in design. Cultivate what matters. What matters is family, friends, and good food!

I hope you found this post helpful! We would love for you to share photos of your holiday tablescape! You can tag us at @onfleminglane. If you have any questions, please leave them in a comment below!

Happy Hosting!



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