In addition to a mix of different whites and textures, shape and sheen play a crucial role in the success of a white-on-white tablescape. Stylist Camille Styles creates placeholders from jingle bells, cream card stock and nude-toned satin ribbon to introduce new shapes and sheen to this holiday table.
No need to use matchy-matchy dishware at your holiday open house; an assortment of tartans and plaids mixed with neutrals adds to the party's cozy charm. Here, Ralph Lauren salad plates are paired with mint-and-gold dessert plates.
A Christmas tabletop recipe: Dress the table in your favorite pieces of porcelain. Layer a mix of new and traditional pieces to create an interesting setting. Add dashes of your favorite holiday colors for flavor. Styled and photographed by Manvi Drona Hidalgo
If your group is a lot larger than your dining room, even more reason to take your entertaining outdoors. An outdoor dining table is a great solution to accommodate extra guests! This low-key place setting is festive and casual. And sheet moss brings instant woodland sophistication to any setting.
This white, eclectic dining room features a holiday tablescape with lush white floral arrangements, taper candles and sparkling silver ornaments. The crisp white table cloth and neutral place settings provide the perfect backdrop for showcasing the holiday decor.
Red and yellow roses woven into a bed of greenery anchors this nautical-themed dining table set for a holiday party. Yellow-and-white maritime flag place cards continue the theme to each individual setting.
Troll through your garden looking at seedheads and collecting the wealth at hand. Seeds make great gifts and are versatile beyond restocking your own garden. Consider using homemade seed packets as Thanksgiving place setting cards, stocking stuffers, inclusions in holiday mailings or hostess gifts.
Looking for a unique take on holiday place cards? Marian Parsons places a glittered chipboard letter in a pinecone to create personalized place settings for each guest. To get the look, use an artist brush to apply school glue to both sides of a traditional chipboard letter. Then sprinkle silver glitter on the letter until both sides are entirely covered. Marian suggests adding adhesive magnets to the back of each letter for inexpensive and practical party favors.
Trees may not be the first places homeowners think of hanging holiday wreaths, but in this natural setting they can serve triple duty as yard decorations, wind chimes and bird perches. Pick up a twig wreath and crafting bells from the craft store. Attach bells around the perimeter of the wreath with fishing wire or twine, then suspend the wreath from a branch with rope. Sprinkle some bird seed onto the wreath to attract birds throughout the season.
Ginnie Leeming of Hello Little Home found creative, money-saving ways to create her layered neutral decor. That tablecloth? An inexpensive drop cloth cut to fit her table. Those texture-rich placemats? “The placemats were created from a large piece of burlap that was intended for gardening. I cut out rectangles, then pulled strands of burlap off the edges to form a simple fringe,” Leeming says. A golden-wrapped box topped with a buffalo-plaid ribbon adds a bright pop at each place setting.