In our mind, a successful dinner party hinges on three things: great food, great company, and a beautifully set table. We have plenty of ideas for the table—and with the holiday season upon us, there’s no better time to refresh your tabletop look. Read on for four stylish variations on a standard table setting, perfect for everything from relaxed gatherings with friends to full-on holiday feasts. Happy hosting!
The Look: Playful Glamour
Metallics always feel festive, making them the perfect go-to for a celebratory dinner. Go bold by weaving golden finishes throughout your table, from the flatware and plates to the festive centerpieces. We love the geometric motifs in this mix, which lend the whole scene a playful, lighthearted air. Stick to crisp white linens to balance out all that shine.
Idea to steal: Introduce an accent color with glassware and flowers (and a dash of confetti!) to punch up the palette without disrupting the major metallic moment.
The Look: Timeless Beauty
The epitome of traditional chic, this look employs classic elements for a grand and gracious tablescape certain to impress your guests. Finely detailed flatware, chic napkin rings, delicate goblets: These pieces impart a time-honored elegance that will elevate any meal—even take-out! And we’re all about mixing gold and silver (a style taboo no longer) for a luxuriously layered feel.
Idea to steal: Up the elegance with a lavish patterned tablecloth that complements the palette of the place settings and centerpiece.
The Look: Cool Minimalism
Earthy textures, simple shapes, a soft, serene palette: This look blends Asian inspiration and streamlined, modern style to create a table that’s sophisticated yet surprisingly approachable. We love the hint of drama brought in through contrast, with moody black flatware and smoky glasses balancing the paler linens and dishware.
Idea to steal: Subtly striped place mats and napkins add dimension to the mix—and highlight the smoothness of the glazed ceramic plates.
The Look: Nordic Charm
Rustic elements meet whimsical motifs for a layered table that feels festive and wintry (but doesn’t scream Santa Claus). This look is all about the mix: Bright colors paired with subdued neutrals, polished finishes with natural textures. The result is spirited enough for a special holiday gathering but casual enough for everyday dining.
Idea to steal: Keep lighting low-profile—petite votive candles and short tapers create a warm, inviting glow without blocking conversation.