Stressed about creating an elegant holiday table setting? We’ve got everything you need to set and style decorative place settings in a pinch. From elegant brass candelabras to cheerful mugs for Christmas mornings, these table setting ideas will give you peace of mind. The only thing left to stress about is having all of your family members under one roof. Cheers!
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Classic White Linen Napkins
A quality white linen napkin is always worth the investment – it’s a classic item for table setting, like the little black dress of tablescapes! The texture of linen adds depth to the design of tables, and can be used year round, as opposed to say, a red plain napkin with jingle bell accents. Washed Linen Whisper White Napkin, Maison Tess, $40.
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An Elegant Brass Candelabra
Add instant holiday glamour to your table setting with a modern brass candelabra. The trick to creating an enchanting table setting is a mix of varying heights, colours and materials. This candelabra ticks all the boxes! Top it off with colourful tapers for festive gatherings, or white and black for elegant affairs. Large Brass Candelabra, Hopson Grace, $120.
Create a Woodland Wonderland on Your Table With Mini Trees
If a woodsy theme is what you’re after, create a winding trail of frosted trees down the center of your table. With tiny twinkle lights woven through, or set against candles, they’ll look magical in the warm glow. Artificial Mini Christmas Trees, Amazon, $56.
A Festive Green Tray for Brunch
This festive green tray serves double duty during the holidays. By night, it houses Santa’s milk and cookies. By day, it’s the perfect tray for serving (or being served!) breakfast in bed. And we love that the pattern isn’t too on the nose, meaning you can use it through the holidays and beyond! VINTERSNÖ Tray, IKEA, $6.
‘Tis the Season Mug (Indeed!)
A brunch setting isn’t complete without a fresh mug of coffee (extra points for a splash of Baileys!). The festive mug adds a touch of whimsy to an everyday white table setting, and looks especially cute with a mini candy cane hanging from the rim. Susannah Garrod ‘Tis the Season Mug, Anthropologie, $14.
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Gold Napkin Rings
Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with five golden rings! (Or, you know, however many you need for your table setting.) This rings add a subtle touch of glamour to your table, but are relatively understated, so they’ll work with any and all napkins and tablecloths. Briar and Gold Napkin Ring, The Cross Design, $13.
Put Your Christmas Cake on a Pedestal
Give your Christmas fruitcake the prominence it certainly doesn’t deserve on this stately cake plate. The elevated base literally puts dessert on a pedestal, and the glass dome keeps pesky little fingers from swiping a taste. 4-in-1 Cake Stand With Dome, Amazon, $90.
Cut the Cheese With Decorative Cheese Knives
If a five-course meal isn’t your holiday dinner of choice, a casual gathering with a mouth-watering charcuterie board can still offer the opportunity to deck the halls (and the table!). These elegant marble and brass cheese knives have a nice hefty weight, which comes in handy when cutting the Pecorino. Set of Three Cheese Knives, Indigo, $40.
Shine on With a Polished Stainless Steel Server
If you happen to need extra serving dishes this season, we recommend buying bowls and plates in gold or silver. The polished surface reflects candlelight beautifully, so even if your side dish falls flat, you’ll still get your Instagram photo thanks to the good lighting! Price Polished Stainless Steel Server, CB2, $45.