Oh What Fun: Decking Out the Dining Room for the Holidays

By Brittni • posted on 07/07/2021

DIY Holiday Dinner Party Ideas

Now that my holiday workshop has been wrapped up, I can finally share the styled shoot that I did in collaboration with West Elm for the holidays. 

I like everything to be pretty simple when it comes to decorating, but theres something about the holidays that just make me want to go a little overboard. Nothing wrong with that, right?

So, in collaboration with West Elm, I styled a DIY holiday dinner party to send some holiday inspiration your way, while theres still plenty of time to plan things out”¦

Entertaining for the holidays

Swan Placecards

DIY Holiday Dinner Party Ideas

I used these individual paper ornaments to create some decorative elements on the table and hanging from the bar cart, in a cluster. I dip dyed each one to give it a little more color (if you count grey as a color. haha), which Ill be showing you how to do in an upcoming post.

Little bottle brush ornaments were used as place setting decorations. I cut off the string to make them feel more like mini sculptures.

And the wood geometric wreaths were another DIY touch. I’ll be sharing the tutorial on West Elm’s Front + Main blog later this month for anyone who wasn’t able to make it to the workshop.

Bonus! Because the wreaths themselves are so neutral, you can remove the flowers and or Christmas tree trimmings and ornaments after the holidays are over and use the wreaths year round as wall art. Add a couple of air plants to those wood slat “˜pockets and you’re in business.

DIY Holiday Dinner Party Ideas

DIY Holiday Dinner Party Ideas

How to dress up a holiday bar cart

DIY Wood Wreaths for the Holidays

DIY Holiday Dinner Party Ideas

DIY Holiday Dinner Party Ideas

DIY Holiday Dinner Party Ideas

Photography Sarah Eddy // Model Jordan Brantley // Styling Brittni Mehlhoff

Source List: White Dumont Buffet // Mid-Century Bar Cart Painters Cotton + Wool Rug // Felt Garlands // Double Old Fashioned Glasses // Gold + Marble Barware Collection // Linen Textured Dinnerware // Fair Isle Decanter // Apothecary Vases // Black and White Artwork // Deco Letter Ornaments // Glass Bottles With Wood Stoppers // Morten Lamp // Gold Flatware // Mid-Century Paper Ornaments // Center Stripe Woven Napkins // Crystal Votive Holder // Bottlebrush Ornaments

What do you like most about decorating during the holidays? Do you throw a lot of dinner parties?

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Great ideas. You have just inspired me to make some bits to style our christmas table as we are spending it on holiday this year and there won’t be anything there decoration wise – never thought about it x

Natalie Horner

Thanks Amy.


So lovely, the perfect setting. I just adore those wreaths you made at the West Elm make event. Stunning!

Amy W

Aw, thanks Arielle.


gorgeous elements! I love the simplicity, yet still intricate, detail here! you are so creative!

love, arielle
a simple elegance


Thanks Vanessa!


I love that table setting and those geometric wall art.

Xo, Vanessa (Delightful Sunflower)

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