With Christmas less than 10 days away, many hosts are busy finalizing their plans for celebrating the holidays. Whether it’s buying gifts, putting up decorations, or deciding on the Christmas dinner menu, the most wonderful time of the year can be quite the undertaking for many event planners.
Of the countless steps to keep in mind, creating the perfect table setting is a key visual feature. After all, nothing quite brings in the holiday spirit like sharing a delicious Christmas meal upon a beautiful and festive tablescape.
Whether you’re hosting a small family gathering or a massive holiday feast, here is a basic guide to choosing the right table linens for your Christmas event.
Decide How Formal Your Event Is
When it comes to Christmas parties, the range of formality varies largely. Some hosts prefer an intimate or casual family dinner while others like to go all out and invite all their friends and neighbors to a formal gala.
Whatever type of party you’re planning this holiday season, figuring out the desired feel of the event is important. In general, a Christmas dinner is often more formal than your typical family meal. Thus, a nice tablecloth and cloth napkins are good choices for adding that touch of elegance. Many hosts also like including an overlay or table runner for added festiveness.
Look at Table Size, Shape, and Desired Drape
Once you’ve decided what linens are needed, you will then need to consider the size and shape of your tables, as well as how much drape (also known as drop length or fall) you want your tablecloth, overlays, or runners to have.
It goes without saying that purchasing a round tablecloth for a square table probably won’t work that well. Make sure you measure correctly before buying and get the right size and shape for the tables you’re using.
As for tablecloth overhang, more formal celebrations tend to have longer drop lengths that nearly touch the floor, while more casual tablecloths fall to around seated lap height. If using a table runner, it should hang at least 6 inches off each side.
For more specific help figuring out what size of tablecloth best matches your tables, feel free to consult Razatrade’s visual size chart.
Choose Colors, Patterns, and Material
While Santa Claus red and fir tree green are often associated with the Christmas season, dark blue, gold, and silver are also great choices. If a Christmas palette isn’t your thing, don’t forget that traditional white or cream-colored linens are always elegant and work perfectly for a more mature or formal holiday setting.
In addition, choosing different fabrics and unique patterns are also fun additions to the holiday dinner table. For example, matte satin tablecloths create a silky and luxurious look while duchess sequin pieces add romantic shine and shimmer to the celebration. Especially if you prefer using solid color tablecloths, adding in a pattered table runner is an easy way to make your table just a bit fancier. Popular designs include detailed embroidery, snowflakes, classic lace, pointed stars, and Bienvenue Swirls.