Conversation-starters are the best way to get a holiday meal going. Re-invent puzzle pieces as snowflake napkin holders by gluing several pieces together, then attaching to basic rings with twine or hot glue.
Holiday celebrations are special, so skip the paper napkins and bring out the fancier stuff! To pop some pattern onto the table, these fabric napkins were used to introduce a classic green key pattern. So as not to overwhelm the table, the stitching is a faded shade of gray that creates more of a tone-on-tone look.
For an extra touch, add linens and flatware that tie into the colors and textures of the dough bowl centerpiece. Inexpensive green napkins pop against the warm wood table and serve to highlight the bright green used in the flowers and apples.
A casual tablescape designed by Sande Beck for the Thanksgiving holiday uses brown basketweave chargers and napkin rings, green plates, a melamine botanical print dinner plate, green candleholders and a turkey decorative piece. It can be used for breakfast or serve as the kids' table.
A glass vase full of oranges adds another layer of color to this patio table. A dark-blue-and-white patterned runner is complemented by bright blue and green cloth napkins and white plates, making for a perfect arrangement for alfresco dining.
Plaid throws and napkins set a classic tone in this elegant, traditional table spread ready for a Christmas party. Gold plate chargers and flatware add a luxurious touch while a green garland trimmed with pomegranates and pinecones add a natural feel.
A lush centerpiece and decorative place settings fill the natural wood dining table. The spherical shrubs feature a dark green coloring while folded napkins add a lighter shade. Gold details in the centerpiece and the runner give a shine to the table. Tufted dining chairs with nailhead trim are a sophisticated touch to polish off the refined design.
For a black and gold alternative to the traditional red and green Christmas color scheme, look for gold nutcrackers, or spray paint ones that you already own. Paper pinwheels in black and gold can hang from the ceiling, or you also can place them on shelves. Learn how to make your own paper napkin pinwheels.