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Laurel & Wolf is a digital marketplace for interior design. Perfect for newlyweds moving into their first home, clients are able to go to the site, pay a one-time flat fee and receive designs from multiple interior designers that take into account their budget and style. Once you finish, you'll get a style board, furniture plan, instructions from the designer, and a shopping list. Since the experts at Laurel & Wolf know a thing or two about décor, the site's experts are sharing their top tips for just-married couples prepping for their first holiday dinner party. Follow their table-setting guidelines, and we promise your new mother-in-law will be seriously impressed.
1. Make guests feel included by asking them to bring something for the tablescape; flowers, candles, etc. If you've just moved in together ask guests to bring an ornament for your tree and place a large cylinder vase in the center to collect them into. After dinner hang them on the tree together while eating dessert.
2. Use things you already have and don't be afraid to incorporate unexpected items such as your favorite scarf as a table runner or a sentimental figurine. Seasonal elements such as mini pumpkins, chocolate coins or holly leaves are colorful and festive.
3. If you've been gifted any type of serve wear, dishes, or cutlery, use them! Your guests will appreciate it! Fine china is great, but not necessary. Use the cheese plate your grandmother gave you, she'll be thrilled!
4. If your table is lackluster, invest in a tablecloth. If your table is small, use a folding card table and create a make-shift buffet.
5. A plate charger or placemat creates an individual place for each guest. Head to the fabric store and cut sheets of burlap or linen if you're on a tight budget.
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6. Use bottles of wine and sprigs of greenery to create an inexpensive centerpiece. And don't forget flowers! The best $10 you'll spend for the night.
7. Invest in a set of matching cloth napkins. They add texture and provide a feeling that this dinner is special to you and you're glad to be hosting.
8. Use finger food in a cute bowl instead of a place card at each setting. A small portion of olives or walnuts or even a seasonal pear in the center of your setting is a lovely way to start off the meal.
9. Set the table properly. Look up the correct placement of dishes, glassware and cutlery and implement it into your table. Attention to detail doesn't cost a thing!
10. Plan ahead and try out different ideas before your dinner. Knowing the tablescape is taken care of will allow you to refocus your stress onto other things like the cooking!