Whether you host a big Christmas Dinner or an intimate gathering for your immediate family, it’s fun to set a beautiful table this time of year. If you don’t use your most stylish trappings during the holidays, when would you use them? This year, we played with color and pattern to give our dining tables a merry makeover. See our favorite looks below.
Emerald and Onyx
Black is certainly not a color you think of during the holidays, but when mixed with evergreens, it feels surprisingly festive. Inspired by our black and white Yuletide Accent Plates, we brought in shimmering golds, vibrant greenery, and green satin ribbon.
One of our favorite, inexpensive ways to play with color during the holidays is with ribbon. You don’t need to buy tons of new, colorful holiday decor each year when just a roll of green satin ribbon and some live garland can give your favorite staples a whole new look.
For this table, we folded and rolled our napkins into cylinders, then tied them with a pretty ribbon. That little detail makes the table and guests feel like they’re unwrapping a present when they sit down. What’s more festive than that?
Take your favorite collection (in our case blue and white ginger jars) and add a little holiday cheer. We love how the angular lines of a classic, red plaid contrast blue and white chinoiserie patterns. They’re opposites, so they play up each others strengths. With simple white napkins and blue flatware, we brought these two bold patterns together to create a Christmas table that works for an easy breakfast on Christmas morning or an evening meal.
Don’t have a collection of ginger jars? Any pottery gets a holiday makeover with gorgeous ribbon or you could group together an ornament collection in a bowl or hanging from a chandelier.
Large ginger jars make for a dramatic centerpiece, but we firmly believe that every table needs something alive. A few small cups of red anemones play up the holiday cheer, as does red ribbon on chinoiserie ornaments.
While a vibrant floral pattern may not seem Christmas-y, any pattern can feel festive when decorated with ornaments and metallic accents. We loved the coral color of our Fiori Floral Fabric, and gave it a holiday spin with a tray of ornaments as our centerpiece. Gold accented dinner and glass ware add an elegant feel, perfect for Christmas Eve dinner or even a New Years Eve gathering.
One of our cardinal rules of table settings is to use a place card. Otherwise guests loiter around the table, unsure where the hostess wants them to sit. Make it simple and pretty with a metallic pen on simple white card stock. For extra credit, we added floral ornaments to each card.
No matter how you dress your holiday table this year, we hope you’ll give it some extra festive accents — especially ribbon and ornaments.