A Holiday Tablescape All About Drama - The Bend Magazine

A Holiday Tablescape All About Drama

Tips for setting a theatrical scene at your holiday tablescape with seasonal iconography, towering florals and artistic decor.

ideas for a dramatic holiday tablescape

Styled by JoAnne Howell | Photos by Rachel Benavides

When it comes to hosting Thanksgiving dinner, the opportunity for amping up a holiday tablescape is all but expected. Why not take a chance and bring together a dining experience short of a lavish stage production? All you need are three distinct attributes: art, whimsy and drama. For the artistic element, handpainted plating and custom table linens can provide intrigue and style. For a touch of whimsy, bring the table outdoors and fill the surrounding area with festive iconography of the season. In this case, it’s pumpkins, gourds and hay bales. Lastly, nothing says drama like a towering sculpture of eye-catching florals set center stage. With these simple but effective elements, your party guests will be talking about this holiday tablescape well into the new year.

ideas for a dramatic holiday tablescape
Styled by Jo Anne Howell | Photos by Rachel Benavides


Painted Plates

Hand-painted plates provide unique artistry to the table and are sure to be conversation starters.

Pumpkin Patchin’

Decorate the surrounding area with a variety of pumpkins and gourds to add whimsy to the dining experience. 

Rental Results

When your day-to-day furniture doesn’t meet the dinner theme or needs, renting tables and chairs is the perfect solution. 

Fantastic Florals

No dinner party is complete without a fabulous floral statement.


Chairs and table linen, Butler Signature Events. Plates, napkins, glassware, velvet pumpkins, steak knives, placemats and candle stick holders from Park Seven. Napkin rings from West Elm. Florals from Always in Bloom and pumpkins from H-E-B.