Winter Tabletop Dinner Party Ideas

January 20, 2017

Hello everyone, this is Anke and I thought I’d drop by while Holly’s at the imm Cologne in her decor8 booth to first of all, I am wish you a happy new year and next, bring you some ideas and inspiration for a winterly tabletop. What I did this time was I put every tree-shaped candleholder (plus decoration) I own on our dining table. Admittedly there are numerous in our possession! Imagine my husband rolling his eyes at this point! Of course less will do. (Imagine him nodding!) Moreover, I wanted to catch the beautiful colors one finds outside in the forest here in Germany at this time of the year. Namely shades of grey (sky), brown (wood) and white (snow). I love this natural and fresh color palette at home. Do you?

Winter Tabletop Dinner Party Ideas

It recently snowed heavily outside when I shot these images the other day. Perfect timing for this column! But you can easily let it snow above your table, too! Either you make a garland of white paper dots by using a circle punch and sewing the dots in a row OR you just buy one at the Dille & Kamille online shop, if you are not a DIY kind of person!

Winter Tabletop Dinner Party Ideas

These garlands create a non-kitschy but cheerful and fun decoration. But all regular readers will know that I am generally into paper garlands, I cannot help it!

Winter Tabletop Dinner Party Ideas

In keeping with the chilly season I picked a wreath illustration with bare branches (bought online at Creative Market) for the name tags you see on the plates and attached jute cord loosely.

Winter Tabletop Dinner Party Ideas

As I am a huge fan of hearty soups and stew in winter I cooked one of our family’s favorites – Sweet Chestnut Soup. This one contains chestnuts (surprise!), celeriac, leek, spring onions, beef broth and cream. The topping is made of chopped and roasted chestnuts with coarse sea salt, fresh grounded pepper and maple syrup for a sweet touch. Just the way I like it! An alternative to traditional soup bowls are pretty preserving jars.

Winter Tabletop Dinner Party Ideas

That’s it for now! I will see you again in February when we should definitely have spring flowers for our column, don’t you think? Sending kind greetings – Anke

(Styling, Photography: Anke Illner)


  • Reply Bert and Mary Designs January 20, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    This dotted garland is soo amazing! I’d use it for decorating a wedding table as well!

    • Reply fantas-tisch February 3, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Good idea! That would be beautiful, too! :-)

  • Reply Sandra von SARAS Dekolust January 20, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Wonderful! I love these garlands ♥
    Best wishes,

  • Reply Kathrin January 21, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I love the white coasters in the second picture, can you tell me where they are from?
    Many greetings from Germany Kathrin

  • Reply Kathrin January 23, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I love the white coasters in the second picture, can you tell me where they are from?
    Many greatings Kathrin

    • Reply fantas-tisch February 3, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Hi Kathrin!
      These are actually ornament hangers,
      they are from House Doctor.

      Liebe Grüße *

  • Reply Deb Hatton January 23, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Beautiful setting! Very light and understated. Though in our household we’d be playing with fire having that much white. Things would quickly be sweet-chestnut-soup-coloured. ;)

    • Reply fantas-tisch February 3, 2017 at 7:49 am

      Living with three men I know exactly what
      you are talking about! :-)

  • Reply Beth January 23, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Your winter tabletop is beautiful and the food looks delicious! Would you mind sharing your chestnut soup recipe and comment on the type of bread in the photo?

    • Reply fantas-tisch February 3, 2017 at 7:45 am

      Hi Beth!
      You will find the recipe on my Blog
      Just scroll down, it`s at the end of the winter color-posting!
      The bread is a crispy walnut bread from a local organic bakery.

      Have a beautiful weekend!

      • Reply Beth February 3, 2017 at 2:23 pm

        Thank you!

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