Do you have fall leaves or pine cones on the lawn? Bring them in and place in a clear glass vase for a holiday festive natural decoration. Closer to Christmas or if snow is on the ground, use colored holiday glass or plastic bulbs inter-spaced with sticks of cinnamon and star anise. It will create a colorful and seasonal scent.
Choose a solid color - make the table all green or all red with a solid color runner, solid color Christmas bulbs in a bowl and an accent plate of the same solid color it makes whimsy without clutter.
One of my standbys is a poinsettia table cloth that was my grandmothers. I then put a plain white runner down the center to remove clutter and accent with poinsettia flowers in bud vases.
Sometimes simple is perfect. A pine or juniper branch in a clear champagne flute may be just the elegance your table likes.
Ideally, large parties should have more than one food location with different choices at each spot. This motivates guests to move from place to place and thus circulate and socialize.
Join us again as we share more ideas for "Prepping for the Holiday" in the coming weeks.