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Are you looking to create a magazine-worthy table setting for your next event? If you’re unsure where to start, don’t worry. Below are the top five tips for jaw-dropping seasonal table decorations that are sure to wow your guests.

1. Understanding Tablecloths, Table Runners, and Placemats

There are two main ways to lay a foundation for your decorations. The first is to use a tablecloth that covers the entire dining table. The second is to have a table runner down the center of the table, with a decorative placemat for each guest. Either way, make sure your table is protected from spills with some kind of cover.

2. Placing Candles

Candles are an instant method for adding ambiance to your table setting. To get a designer-worthy look, we recommend using candles of different heights, as well as candlesticks. For even more sparkle at the table, place cylindrical glass candle shades around your candles. We also love that candles help you style your dining room for cold seasons when natural light is scarce.

3. Creating Layers

The key to a fabulous table presentation is layers. You can stack bowls and plates for each course on top of each other. If you aren’t serving multiple courses, you can place a charger under each dinner plate. A charger is a decorative plate that isn’t meant to touch the food. Chargers are perfect for adding color to your table if your dinnerware is plain white.

4. Utilize Natural Decorations

Natural decorations are the perfect way to add greenery and create jaw-dropping seasonal table decorations. You can place seasonal bouquets in the center of the table, or you can add natural elements to the center, like a table runner. Branches of fall leaves, eucalyptus garlands, and winter berries make amazing choices here.

5. Keep Metallics Consistent

One thing that can easily ruin the look of your table setting is mismatched metallics. We recommend keeping gold with gold and silver with silver. It doesn’t really matter which tone you use for which season—we think they both look great year-round—you just don’t want to mix them.

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