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Major Holiday Inspiration! 14 Dazzling Tables

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A monochromatic white palette is sophisticated and chic, while mercury-glass vases filled with greenery in lieu of flowers give off a contemporary vibe.

Candlelight and stunning decoration create an atmosphere that makes guests want to linger. Try snaking a garland down the center of the table as an alternative to flowers.

Steal a trick from the stylish Monique Lhuillier and add a personal touch to each place setting. A unique flower and name card for every guest gives your invitees a conversation starter and makes them feel welcome in your home.

Like a rustic take on mod black and white, simple ivory plates in striking shapes gleam against a runnerless wood table.

Silky feathers and hints of clear glass add a glam feel to an exotic table setting.

Spice up your table with an unexpected palette, materials like horn, and a single large arrangement, which is more formal than small clusters of blooms.

Go for the gold (and glam) with a patterned runner and gilded silverware: A neutral-hued tablecloth in gray or taupe will keep the table toned down.

Move toward the unexpected with a rich layered tablescape that includes cool plaid linens, marbleized servingware, mix-and-match plates, and offbeat place cards.

Go for major glamour by mixing tons of gold and an over-the-top pattern such as malachite. Pops of red and a few peacock feathers complete the look. If the evening includes a printed menu, consider doing a pocket napkin fold to display it in style.

Dress up the table in jewel tones—accompanied by an olive branch (a symbol of peace), it’s a look that’s both elegant and earthy.


Simple can be striking, as seen in this setting. A single pinecone acts as a place-card holder on delicate white dinnerware.

Mixing and matching contemporary and vintage tableware can have stunning results, and don’t think a formal table has to include a tablecloth. The colors of this place setting pop when placed directly on the dark mahogany surface.

Change it up: Make the foundation of your table a bold graphic pattern (try chevron or polka dot) and incorporate your favorite glassware for instant eclectic elegance.

A metallic, blue, and white color combo is a tried-and-true holiday palette. Create a mix of gold and silver for an exquisite and elevated look.

Related: DIY a Chic Holiday Chandelier →

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One Response to “Major Holiday Inspiration! 14 Dazzling Tables”

  1. Sari jane says:

    Some really stunning table settings and serveware. Thanks for sharing

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