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You've spent weeks planning the perfect holiday party. The invites have been sent out, you have your menu set, and your outfit picked out. Most importantly, you've crafted a perfect envy-inducing holiday table sure to impress your friends and family. But, let's face it, after all that hard work, you're already dreaming of the perfect Instagram snap to share with your followers, and all the likes to come with it. Does it count if it didn't happen on social media? And what if you don't get any likes? Don't worry, we've got you covered!
With help from our partners at Lenox, we break down how to craft the perfect holiday table worthy of all the likes on Instagram.
1. Give your followers a preview
First things first, don't overwhelm your followers. We've all been there, scrolling through our Instagram feed, and you get 5 pictures of the same set up from different angles. And you know the drill, you just scroll through with an eye-roll and zero likes. No one wants to see multiple pictures of the same thing. Don't give away that gorgeous table scape you've been planning all in one shot, instead, give your followers a preview of the fun to come with a holiday cocktail festively set in a punch bowl with fresh fruits and cranberries. Your guests will be counting the minutes until they dive in for a glass.
2. Mix and Match
Some of our favorite Insta-snaps (and wedding day decor!) are the result of throwing caution to the wind and avoiding matching madness. So don't feel compelled to stick to one china style. Use a dinner plate from one collection (like Lenox's Westmore collection above), a salad plate from another, and switch the order at the place setting next to it to make the table more interesting and give your photos a little extra dimension.
3. Don't forget the florals
Want guaranteed likes? Throw floral arrangements into the mix. Small vases of flowers, interspersed with votive candles and greenery create an ethereal and unexpected table runner. Plus, candlelight makes every picture feel romantic and gives your room an ambient glow. Perfect for holiday party selfies.
4. Make it a seated and plated affair
Set a full place setting — we mean glassware, dinnerware, flatware, the works! — as opposed to just having guests grab a plate when it comes time to eat. Styling each place at the table ahead of time will make your guests (and your social media feed) feel taken care of and ultra-sophisticated (think Downton Abbey!).
5. The more photo options the better
Take a variety of shots of your finished table setting. Stand on a chair to get enough height for a gorgeous overhead shot that captures every piece of the puzzle. Or stay down to earth with closeup shots of just one place setting, like in the picture above, to showcase all those details you lost sleep over. No one said getting the perfect picture was going to be easy!
6. Show off your gourmet side
If you want to show off your amazing cooking skills as well as your decorating chops, consider adding those elements into the photo. To get the best picture, make sure the food matches the china at each place setting and select platters that are neutral in color, like the Continental Dining Platinum Oval platter by Lenox. You don't want the food to make your table look messy and chaotic.
7. Don't forget those finishing touches
Finishing touches make all the difference and can take your holiday table (and Instagram post) from pretty to a must-like! Place cards, napkin rings and printed menus are easy ways to add some personal details and creativity to the mix. You'll have everyone double tapping in no time.