Tabletop Ideas for Holiday Parties

November 19, 2015

Looking for simple yet beautiful decorating and tabletop ideas for the holidays? Hello dear decor8 readers, this is Anke back again with my monthly installment of tabletop ideas. This time I’m focusing on November to help prepare you for the holiday season with some simple yet classy tabletop ideas for a late November dinner party that feels a little bit like Christmas. For all of Holly’s American readers, this could be a lovely presentation for your Thanksgiving holiday.

Tabletop Ideas for Holiday Parties

Christmas Season is just around the corner. Looking at magazines and blogs I am amazed every year anew at all the creative activities. Personally, I’m a late starter when it comes to Christmas preparations (I fill the Advent calendars for my boys usually in the night of November 30th to December 1st!) But… I’m totally ready for an almost winterly table covered in green, white and natural shades right now – no need to wait for a little holiday preview on my tabletop.

I went with a fir tree theme as I like the beautiful forest designs of the Swedish brand Fine Little Day so much! Their cute tray was used toput my menu card on the wall and give my guests an overview of dinner. If you want to try this yourself, just attach a poster-hanger on the backside of a tray and make sure the hanger holds the weight.

Tabletop Ideas for Holiday Parties

Tabletop Ideas for Holiday Parties

Tabletop Ideas for Holiday Parties

Tabletop Ideas for Holiday Parties

Tabletop Ideas for Holiday Parties

In keeping with the theme, my flower vases hold a variety of branches. Have a look in your favorite flower shop or at the farmers’ market for coniferous sprigs other than the traditional ones and mix them together. I found branches of Juniper and added Seeded Eucalyptus and white Lesser Masterwort for a little floral accent.

In addition I made four fine circles out of black aluminum wire and tied some very small sprigs. It doesn’t have to be a whole wreath to make an impact! Tiny candle arrangements took a seat in the middle of my “half wreaths”. All you need are plain egg cups, Christmas tree candles and wax dots to fix the candles (just never leave candles unattended). You can find a step-by-step DIY showing how to add flowers to a circle in the book Decorate With Flowers (under Coat Hanger Wreath) – you can download the book from Amazon right here.

As a starter I served Red Quinoa & Grape Salad with Almonds from the “What Katie Ate on the Weekend” book. Such a treat! I could have it every day! Your guests will love it.

How about you? Are you at the ready for Christmas with all its glitter and sparkle or still enjoying everything autumnal? Should you have any questions about this post, please leave your question in the comments section below in German or English.

Have a beautiful start in the festive season and see you again in December! – Anke.

(Text, styling, photography: Anke Illner)


  • Reply Rahel | HIMMELSSTÜCK November 19, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Anke – as always, I am truly in love with your decoration and table settings! Love this one so much!
    Love, Rahel

  • Reply Nat et nature November 19, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Hi Hanke
    I love your Christmas table? you have always good ideas !
    I would be very happy to share your creation on my blog, are you okay ?

  • Reply dunja November 19, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    …… die schlichten minikränze sind toll! und ja: der quinoa salat hat mir sehr geschmeckt :) herzliche grüsse, dunja

  • Reply thejoyofcolor November 19, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Love this clean fresh , white and green table setting

  • Reply handmade by amalia November 20, 2015 at 7:01 am

    What a lovely and welcoming table. Every guest will feel special.

  • Reply barbara November 20, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Liebe Anke,
    soo bezaubernd schön! Diese zarte Kombi in Grüntönen – werd ich ganz bestimmt übernehmen!
    Ganz liebe Grüße von Barbara

  • Reply Deirdre November 20, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I love, love this idea. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing Holly

  • Reply Laura November 20, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    This is lovely! I am hosting a ‘friendsgiving’ this year at my home, so maybe I will try out some of these ideas. The candles at each place are so sweet :-)

  • Reply Julia von Tiergezwitscher November 21, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Danke, liebe Anke! Nächstes Wochenende kommt bei uns ein Truthahn auf den Tisch und ich werde Dir möglichste alles nach-dekorieren….

  • Reply Harmony and design November 24, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Exquisitez gusto, es sencillamente preciosa.

  • Reply Jodie November 30, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    So beautiful! Sometimes simple is best!

  • Reply Claudia December 7, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Kannst Du mir sagen, von welcher Marke diese Kerzenhalter sind? Ich habe den ganz kleinen für Baumkerzen, kann mich aber überhaupt nicht an die Marke erinnern – und somit keine weiteren bestellen … Wär mir eine große Hilfe!

  • Reply Katrin December 22, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Das sieht wunderschön aus. Ich mag stilvolle Tischdekoration. Da schmeckt doch alles gleich viel besser. Gruß Katrin

  • Reply Edenpassante December 15, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Love these! So simple and chic!

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