A Holiday Table from Bunny Williams and Eddie Ross

Holiday table setting from Bunny Williams and Eddie Ross

Holiday table setting from Bunny Williams and Eddie Ross

When it’s time for holiday hosting, it’s all about the mix! Combining different patterns is what makes a table fun, festive, and interesting for your guests. We know that as you collect different entertaining pieces, you’ll be using those in different ways each time you set the table, and that’s what we love! No one does the mix better than Modern Mix author Eddie Ross and our own favorite Bunny Williams, which is why we’re so thrilled to share this gorgeous table with you today. On Christmas Eve!

Below Eddie Ross walks you through his tips for setting a stylish Holiday table.

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Holiday table setting from Bunny Williams and Eddie Ross

Eddie Ross and Bunny Williams used pieces from her tabletop collection, like her Paris Flea Market Flatware, Gold Star Dinnerware and Gold Rimmed Glasses with found antiques.

Christmas colors clash with most interiors, so pick a palette that enhances your rooms instead of defaulting to traditional hues. We used a gorgeous periwinkle blue, mixed with purples, and opaline. With a heavy dose of gold and silver, it all comes together beautifully.

Holiday table setting from Bunny Williams and Eddie Ross

Pair high and low fabrics to create the modern mix—buy an inexpensive main cloth, then splurge on a custom topper. On my table, the ikat print adds graphic contrast to Bunny’s Isabella floral from Lee Jofa; grosgrain ribbon trim adds a finished feel.

Holiday table setting from Bunny Williams and Eddie Ross

Reinvent your go-to china by layering in new elements. On my table, dinner plates from Bunny’s Gold Star collection add a festive feel to handmade chargers and my own antique English salad plates. Remember—when it comes to setting a modern mix table, repetition is power. It can give even the most peculiar element purpose.

Holiday table setting from Bunny Williams and Eddie Ross

Pair simple and elaborate flatware that works well together. Here I used my own vintage forks and knives with pieces from Bunny’s Paris Flea Market collection. Mixing metals feels fresh.

Embroidered napkins from Bunny Williams

A hand-embroidered monogram on fine linen napkins adds instant history to a table. It might not be yours, but you’re still part of the family. Roses, amaryllises and berries make a no-fail mix.

Holiday table setting from Bunny Williams and Eddie Ross

Mixing glassware lets your personality shine. Here I paired Bunny’s Gold Rimmed glasses with my own French opaline goblets.

Carved reindeer from Bunny Williams collection for Ballard Designs

Carved reindeer from Bunny’s collection lend woodland charm to the table. Embellish them to suit your style.

Antique salt cellars and shakers

Add a pinch of glamour with saltcellars, shakers and pepper mills, like fancy jewels for the table. Fill them with colorful salts like Pink Himalayan.

Holiday table setting from Bunny Williams and Eddie Ross

Plants bring lush greenery to a table and trim costs but cutting down on flowers.

Holiday table setting from Bunny Williams and Eddie Ross

Layer lighting on a table with candlesticks in different heights and materials. Colorful tapers from Creative Candles carry up the blue; simple bobeches add a festive touch.

Holiday table setting from Bunny Williams and Eddie Ross

Skip the scramble for seats and send guests home happy with place cards that double as parting gifts. On my table, I personalized boxes of white chocolate peppermint bark with glittered letters from Michael’s

Thanks Eddie and Bunny for sharing your gorgeous table with us. What a festive space for enjoying the company of family and friends. 

Shop all of the pieces from Bunny Williams collection here, or browse more entertaining ideas.

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    Barbara Rasmussen

    December 24, 2015

    Great job combining the beautiful Bunny Williams collection with your own stunning table items (I especially love your salad plate). The result is a beautiful table, a gift to the guests who share the dinner. I resolved the clash of Xmas and home color by utilizing a white Christmas theme with silver accents for decorations. The long dining table is a contrast: black top with gold gilded magnolia garland down the center curving around tall black metal candelabras topped with greenery, small gold metal trees and small white birds with gold veining pecking about the foliage. Dinnerware/glassware had gold accents. Not quite the eclectic mix of patterns in your lovely table, but absorbing your mixing ideas for future events. Thank you.