A Connection to Nature
This could be a beautiful arrangement of florals or a simple vase of greens cut from your yard, either way we bring nature to the table always.
Make the Guest Comfortable
Present each place setting with everything your guest, or family member, would need to feel comfortable. On a practical level that means making sure all the flatware, glassware and dishes needed for the meal is set in front of them, but also including something personal that may be particular to them or to the event itself. This might be a little bundle of holiday greens that they can take home as a keepsake or it might be a pillow behind their backs to create extra comfort for them as we sit.
Lighting is key and if your gathering is happening in the evening I always recommend candlelight. It evokes a sense of wonder to any table.