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Styling Guide: Create a Festive Holiday Table Setting

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The holiday season is in full swing, and the days to your holiday dinner party are quickly counting down. You’ve created the perfect atmosphere for guests to feel at home – the Christmas tree is perfectly trimmed, the light dimmers are lowered to create just the right mood, and the scent of the holiday’s is gently dancing down your halls. All that’s left to do is decorate the table. With all other factors perfectly in tune, finishing off the tabletop with finesse and style is a must! Read on to find out exactly what to you need to set a holiday table that will fill your guests with holiday spirit.

Metallic Placemat
Anchor your table setting with a placemat. A metallic one will add sparkle and ambience to your dinner table. Plus, the metallic sheen is a trend that will continue from 2015 into 2016.

Gold Flatware
Tie in the metallic placement with coordinating flatware. We used the rush gold flatware set by CB2. Consider the gold utensils as the jewelry to your place setting – it will give your guests something to ooh and awe about!

Pinecone Placeholder
Using place cards is a great way to seat your dinner guests in a fashion that encourages great conversation. The organic and natural texture of the pinecone placeholder adds a cozy touch, bringing the outdoors in. It is also an iconic winter motif that will reinforce the holiday spirit.

Embellished Water Glass
A small, embellished glass is an elegant way to provide guests with water. Have the glasses pre-filled as guests take their seat, and have pitchers of water distributed throughout the table so they can easily help themselves to more. We chose clear glasses with a gold plaid pattern to pull in the metallic theme.

Angled Wine Glass
A wine glass with a bit of an angle reinforces the contemporary flare of our table setting. It is clean and simple, but still elegant and classy. Choose the glass size according to the wine you are serving. If you plan to serve both red and white, place both glasses on the table.

White Dinnerware
You can never go wrong with classic, white dinner plates. It makes all the preparation worth it, as it puts the food at center stage. Keep things simple and buy in multiple sizes so that you have a streamlined look for your appetizer, salad and dinner plate.

Festive Red Napkin
To add a pop of color, we choose a napkin in a bold red hue. Fabric napkins are an opportunity to add softness and texture to your table. We love this hemstitch napkin because of the stitched detailing and texture it adds.

For the finishing touch, place fresh greenery on your napkins to bring your table setting to life. Choose seasonal greenery, in this case mistletoe, to continue the holiday motif. The greenery will catch your guests’ eye and draw them to the table, getting everyone seated and excited for dinner. Now that the table is set and the wine is ready to be poured, your holiday party is on track to be an unforgettable night that your guests will remember for years to come.


1 – Pinecone Placeholder; 2 – Gold Double Old-Fashioned Glass; 3 – Spiegelau Wine Glass; 4 – Gold Flatware; 5 – Brass Placemat; 6 – White Quatro Platters; 7 – Linen Napkin


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