The holidays are a special time to welcome family and friends from near and far into our homes. Before you gather around the table to reminisce about 2016 and share your hopes for 2017, there’s some prep work to be done. The Team at The Amish Craftsman has put together tips and inspiration to help you plan for the upcoming holiday and turn your dining room into a Winter Wonderland!
Set the Table
Check that all of your dinner and serving ware are in tip top shape by inspecting for any cracks, chips, or missing pieces. A time-saving tip is to lay out all serving bowls and platters and label them with the assigned food. Post-it notes work perfectly and anyone helping in the kitchen will know just where to put the green bean casserole.
Design a festive focal point using a centerpiece or tablescape. A low-profile centerpiece of pomegranates scattered among fresh greenery adds style, yet makes sure guests can see each other. Mercury glass and vintage ornaments will sparkle and shine as they catch the light. Our Amish Dining Room Tables are the perfect backdrop for dressing your dining room for the season.
Don’t forget to put your personal style stamp on your holiday dining room décor. Even the smallest touches have a big impact. Set the mood by creating a music playlist of your favorite holiday tunes. Create a warm ambience throughout with an assortment of candles. If you’ll have little ones exploring your home, flameless candles are an attractive and safe alternative.
Stock the Perfect Holiday Bar
Entertain with ease by stocking your holiday bar with must haves now. Select a few choice liquors, mixers, and non-alcoholic beverages. Be sure you have a cocktail shaker, bottle opener, jigger, and muddler on hand. Set everything up on one of our beautiful Amish sideboards or buffets for easy guest access.
A festively delicious bar alternative is a Hot Cocoa bar! Your family and friends can cozy up with a warm cup of custom hot chocolate as they celebrate the holiday. Put toppings such as marshmallows, peppermint sticks, caramels, and toffee bits in labeled glass jars along with a scoop for guests to add as little (or as much) as they’d like.
Take a Seat
One of the most frequently asked questions our Team hears is, “What is the general rule for the amount of room per chair at a dining table?” Our rule of thumb is to allow 24 inches of seating space per guest. This gives plenty of room for elbows to fly while cutting the turkey and close enough to still hear that soft-spoken aunt. Arm chairs tend to take up more room, which is why we recommend they be kept on the ends of the table.
No matter what style you’re searching for, The Amish Craftsman has an Amish dining room chair that fits your tastes perfectly. For more information on setting up your dining table for success, check out our Dining Room Seating blog post.
If your family is hosting a large sit-down dinner, place cards help prearrange the table seating and avoid seating snafus as dinner is served. Print guest names onto stock paper and attach to pine cones, evergreen springs, or ornaments. Have fun at the kid’s table with chalkboard place cards!
Whether it’s a tin of homemade cookies, a batch of your famous fudge or peppermint bark, or a lovely bottle of red wine, parting gifts are a wonderful way to thank your family and friends for enjoying the holiday around your table.
How do you celebrate the holidays? Do you have a special tradition, recipe, or other “must have” that makes your holiday complete? Share with The Amish Craftsman community in the comments below!
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