15 Holiday Place Setting Ideas

Holiday place setting inspiration

The holidays are nearly here, and we’re helping you get ready for a busy season of entertaining! We love the ceremonial feel of taking out your favorite china pieces at the start of this festive season — whether that’s your holiday pattern, your grandmother’s china, your wedding pieces, or your favorite everyday collection. Traditions are an important part of what makes this time of year special, but we also love the idea of picking a few new pieces to complement your tried and true entertaining favorites.

For the place settings below, we mixed our tabletop pieces (dinnerware, flatware, and glassware, oh my!) with fine china and vintage pieces to show you how easily our favorite collections can mix with what you already have.

Holiday inspired placesetting with metallics and neutrals

Metallics & Neutrals

Approach your table setting like you’d approach your wardrobe — invest in neutrals that can mix and match with each other. That’s why we love our Rochelle Table Linens and Bunny Williams’ Bamboo Tortoise Flatware. They work with everything, and we love the way all of these patterns in the same colors (marbleized metallics, tonal plaid, and warm tortoise) create an interesting place setting that would be perfect for Thanksgiving.

Placemats // Dinner plates // Bowl // Flatware // Glassware

Christmas-inspired place setting for a casual meal

Casual Christmas

It doesn’t take much red to give your table setting a Christmas feel. We used a red plaid table runner and a sprig of berries at each place setting. One fun way to mix things up? We created an envelope fold where we tucked in our flatware. So cute!

Table runner // Woven Placemat // Dinnerware // Napkin // Flatware // Glassware // Salt and Pepper Set // Gold Magnolia Garland

Gold and silver place setting for the holidays

Elegant Gold & Silver

Gold and silver are a natural combination during this time of year, and we can’t help but love the freedom an all-metallic theme gives you to mix and match any pieces you may have. Here we used a mixture of gold and silver with white and gray linens to create a classically elegant table setting that’s fancy but fun!

Dinnerware // Flatware // Glassware // Placemat // Napkin // Tablecloth // Ornament // Place Card Holder

Blue and white can feel festive when you add in a Chinoiserie ornament

Chinoiserie Chic

Red and green for Christmas is classic, but there’s something about a blue and white color palette that still feels festive during this season of tradition. We let a chinoiserie tree ornament inspire this place setting by running with a blue and white theme.

Dinnerware // Flatware // Glassware // Placemat // Ornament

Warm hues are inherently Fall, which is why we love how festive these pieces look together

Fall Festive

Warm hues are a natural fit for Fall, which is why we love how festive these pieces look together. Browns, oranges, and beiges all work together to create a table that’s casual enough to say come sit down but special enough for guests.

Dinner plate // Salad plate // Woven Charger // Table cloth // Flatware // Glassware // Napkin // Salt and Pepper Set

Classic Christmas with red, white, and gold

Classic with a Twist

You can never go wrong with a classic Christmas table. Red, white, and gold never fail to evoke the Christmas spirit, but we kept things interesting by blending casual elements with fancier pieces. Bunny Williams’ Gold Star Dinnerware has a decidedly elegant feel, but we gave it a more inviting backdrop of red plaid.

Dinnerware // Flatware // Glassware // Placemat // Napkin // Votive Candle // Garland

Wooden accent plates bring warmth to a holiday table

Wooden Accent

During the Fall, we love incorporating rustic, natural accents into our place settings. Wooden Accent Plates are the perfect way to warm up your table, and we especially love the way they pair with our Tortoise Glassware and Bamboo Tortoise Flatware.

Dinner plate // Salad plate // Placemat // Napkin // Flatware // Glassware

Light blue and cobalt table top inspiration

Mixing Old & New

For this table setting, we used a vintage fine china collection with Bunny Williams’ Campbell House Collection. The combination of spa blue and cobalt feels incredibly elegant, and with the addition of a rope of garland down the center of the table, you’ve got the perfect table for feasting with family and friends.

Dinnerware // Flatware // Macaroon Ornament // Glassware // Runner // Garland

Mix and match Bunny Williams' Gold Star dinnerware with fine china and vintage pieces

Plum Perfection

A dazzling plate is the perfect inspiration for an entire table. This bread and butter plate has a gold starburst pattern in a deep plum, so we used repeated that color in the glassware and flowers. With the starburst plate, we used Bunny Williams’ Gold Star Dinnerware which layers beautifully.

Dinnerware // Flatware // Glassware // Placemat // Place card Holder

Thanksgiving-inspired place setting with orange and brown accents

Cornucopia of Color

Persimmon crochet-edged placemats create the perfect backdrop for this layered, Harvest-inspired place setting with brown, red, and orange accents. We blended an heirloom bread and butter plate with Bunny Williams’ Melange Dinnerware and Bamboo Tortoise Flatware. Together they create a table that makes the perfect space to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast.

Dinner plate // Salad plate // Flatware // Glassware // Placemat // Salt & Pepper Set

Casual, Christmas table setting idea

Chalk It Up

Ornaments are a fun way to dress up your table. Here, we used a chalkboard ornament as a place card, a quirky detail your guests will love! We kept the rest of the table simple with a crisp, white table cloth and red linen napkin.

Dinnerware // Napkin // Table cloth // Woven Charger // Flatware // Glassware // Ornament

Use your favorite fabric as a table cloth

Never Change Your Spots

Have a favorite fabric? Use it as a table cloth. We simply use a couple yards of fabric off the bolt and finish the edges with iron-on tape to create a quick and easy custom table cloth. Our Dodie Fabric is the perfect backdrop to a glittery gold place setting. Woven placemats ground the whole look and emphasize the gorgeous gold dishes.

Dinnerware // Woven Charger // Flatware // Glassware // Place Card Holder

Robin's egg blue, gold, and silver place setting

Robin’s Egg Blue

Woo your guests with a gorgeous place setting in gold, silver, and robin’s egg blue. A dinner plate in a lattice pattern mixes beautifully with Bunny Williams’ Gold Star collection, Estate Flatware, and gold rimmed glassware. This table is utterly glamorous, especially during the holidays!

Salad plate // Flatware // Glassware // Napkin // Placemat

Thanksgiving inspired table setting

Copper Collection

Rose gold flatware inspired this table setting, accented with red and orange dinnerware, a persimmon napkin, and even amber-colored glassware. We love the way these pieces feel perfect for Thanksgiving while being versatile enough to use year round.

Woven Charger // Flatware // Glassware // Napkin

Blue and gold holiday place setting inspiration

Blue and Gold

Bunny Williams’ Campbell Collection works any time of year, but when mixed with gold china it feels festive enough for your holiday feast. We used cobalt accents (glassware and napkins) to create depth and ran a strand of pine garland down the center of the table.

Dinner plate // Flatware // Runner // Napkin // Glassware // Votive // Garland

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.