Wendy Gets Your Tables Set

Wendy recently shared a bold tablescape which prompted:

Dear Wendy,

Every year something goes horribly wrong and I’m left with a mis-mash of clutter on my table. You mentioned bold colors (which I LOVE) but my walls are bright yellow and orange. Is it over the top to incorporate more bold colors in my tablescape or should I go subtle? I don’t want my guests to need sunglasses but I don’t want it to look blah! ~ Robin

Here's what Wendy shared:

While table settings should connect to the immediate environ, it's the type of gathering that determines the "flavor" of color...

  • High energy: If it's a lively event with spicy foods and fun music, go bold!!! A tropical "bamboo" green would also be a great choice in your setting, Robyn.
  • Down to earth: Neutrals or creamy textures are great for a more conversational, daytime mood.
  • Tryouts: Test how your color vision works with your table and the rest of the room. Paint swatches are helpful. Or in a pinch, try book jackets, colorful clothes like sweaters and scarves, or simple objects around your home to achieve that preview.
  • Start small: Still unsure? Use a touch of bold color via napkins or a table runner for a color splash with impact.
Best,
Wendy

Next Up

5 Ways You Can Still Make the Holidays Extra-Festive

Sometimes the best holiday upgrades are the easiest ones.

9 Pull-Apart Treats to Grab for the Holidays

Break us off a piece of that pull-apart snowflake bread!

5 Ways to School Your Kids' Class Holiday Party

If your kids' class is celebrating the end of 2015 with treats galore, here are some take-to-school ideas that will make their holiday party extra-festive this winter.

8 Ways to Eat Peppermint Right Now

These peppermint goodies are just in time for the holidays.

5 Indulgent Side Dishes to Deck Your Holiday Table — Fall Fest

Sitting beside an expertly crafted rib roast or a glazed spiral ham, these indulgent, holiday-worthy side dishes are as sure-to-please as it gets.

Celebrate Chinese New Year With 8 Good Luck Recipes

Celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional recipes that carry good luck. Food Network has some great recipe ideas for your Chinese New Year's menu.

Navigating the Stress of Holiday Eating

Are you eating because you're hungry or because you're stressed out? Learn the difference and get tips for avoiding holiday stress eating.

Stick with Giada's Holiday Handbook to Host Your Best Seasonal Celebrations

Get the latest details on Giada's brand-new seasonal series, Giada's Holiday Handbook.