Use a non-traditional color combination for a modern approach

Modern Mood

A green and brown table can be a welcome departure from the traditional red and green of the season. Stylishly wrapped gifts serve as place cards.

Crystal adds a sparkly twist
Charles Walton IV

Time to Sparkle

A holiday table with sparkle is as simple as adding low arrangements of red blooms and laying on the crystal stemware. A decorated mantelpiece contributes to the setting without cluttering the table.

Christmas-themed china
Charles Walton IV

Pattern Plays

Pull that holiday china out of the cupboard and use it often during this festive season. Layer it with your regular china for a lavish look.

A blue Christmas
Laurey W. Glenn

Holiday Blues

Set your table in all blue and white, with accents of silver, for an unexpected touch. This color scheme would work well all the way through New Year's.

Spend Christmas outdoors, weather permitting

Winter Garden

If your climate permits, set a lavish table in the garden for a candle lit dinner. And bring your indoor furniture outdoors to make the setting even cozier.

Use a unique centerpiece as a conversation starter

Serene Setting

With green as the dominant color, this table is elegant but undeniably festive. A centerpiece of hydrangea blossoms arranged over greenery in the shape of a cake is a surefire conversation starter.

Bring nature to your table with faux birds

Flight of Fancy

Ornaments make great party favors. A clip-on bird with a feathery tail perches on an overturned compote.

Decorative cranberries
Rick Lew

Beautiful Berries

Cranberries aren't just for Thanksgiving. Mounded in a glass bowl, they can serve as a place-card holder.

A classic Christmas tablescape

Classic Christmas

Blue and white china with fresh yellow roses is a classic combination any time of year. During the holidays, add a touch of red detail and evergreen branches for seasonal notes.

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