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Table Settings for the Holiday Season

It’s that time of year. While Fall is just settling in, we have our sights on the holiday season ahead and already pulling out decor themes for the dinner party gatherings in our future. Whether you’re hosting a formal dinner party or a casual gathering with friends and family, taking the time to set a beautiful table will show your guests how much you care.

We decorated our Goodrich Tudor project before the new homeowners moved in, with a few inspirational holiday images below.

Add a Centerpiece

A centerpiece is a great way to add height and interest to your holiday table. You can use a traditional centerpiece, like a wreath or garland, or something more unique, like a vase of flowers, candles, or ornaments. We used a dried arrangement from Anthrpologie here, but a fresh floral or greenery option works too.

Festive table setting for the holidays. Dried arrangement, black vase, red holiday napkins.

Use Seasonal Accents

Some ideas may be pine cones, greenery, ornaments, candles, or faux wood trees. You can use these accents in your centerpiece, or scatter them around the table. We loved using the antler napkin rings, previously purchased from Pottery Barn, source linking to these pair available now.

Red holiday napkins, gold antler napkin holder.

Set the Table Correctly

This is an opportunity to wow your guests, with an informal environment, mix up the vibe with an overly formal place setting. In short, the fork goes on the left, the knife goes on the right, and the spoon goes to the right of the knife.

Holiday table setting, gingham napkins, candlesticks and bread basket.

Splurge on Someting New

We sourced a variety of glasses from Anthrpologie as well when putting together this shoot. Crate N Barrel, or a favorite vintage store are great resources to grab something new, or old, and festive for your holiday party. You can start collecting these items for future gatherings, creating your very own heirloom collection.

Gingham napkins, wood napkin holder, vintage glassware.

More Holiday Table Ideas

Lay out a tablecloth or placemats, or purchase festive cloth napkins.

Place a charger for each guest, under the dinner plate.

Place a fancy bread plate on the top left of the charger.

Use your grandma’s china, and burn the candles while you’re at it.

Create a custom nametag for each guest.

Buffet Table

If you’re hosting a large gathering, you may want to use a buffet table. This will make it easier for your guests to serve themselves. No matter what your style is, there is a perfect holiday table setting for you. With a little planning, you can create a table setting that is both festive and inviting.

Holiday buffet table.
Holiday buffet table

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