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How to set the Holiday Table
Design a holiday table setting that sparkle with christmas hospitality.
The holidays are a special time of year to host unforgettable gatherings and parties with friends and family. With guests on their way over soon for the holidays, take the time to design a holiday table setting that captures their attention with holiday sparkle and hospitality. Dress your holiday table to impress with the following... Keep Scrolling
Written by Margie Monin Dombrowski


The holidays are a special time of year to host unforgettable gatherings and parties with friends and family. With guests on their way over soon for the holidays, take the time to design a holiday table setting that captures their attention with holiday sparkle and hospitality. Dress your holiday table to impress with the following tips on how to create a festive holiday table.

holiday table decorating ideas
Dinnerware with gold-rimmed edges offer a classic holiday look.

Set Your Holiday Table in Style

When it comes to setting a table, your dinnerware, glassware and silverware are the star of the show. Be sure to select dinnerware in colors and designs that will instantly set the tone for your holiday table setting.

Start each plate setting by layering a charger plate on the bottom with a dinner plate in the middle and a salad plate on top. Show off your festive holiday designs with your salad plate choice, whether it’s a holly and berry salad plate motif or a holiday tartan salad plate look, since the salad plate is most visible to the eye.

This table layered with Lenox’s fun 12 Days of Christmas Collection gets it’s added interest from a variety of textures such as wood and chalkboard.

These holiday dinnerware, wine glasses and teacups from Lenox have classic appeal that will create a beautiful holiday table year after year.

Linens and Things

Every holiday table needs a mix of table linens to add an element of warmth and interest. Depending on your holiday style, you can go more formal or you can keep it simple, but get creative with your selections.

blue tabletop with blue and green wintery design

A tablecloth can be the foundation for a pretty, traditional holiday table or you can go for a more minimal look without a tablecloth and opt for a simple table runner instead. Then you can mix and match your placemats, napkins, silverware and napkin rings with your theme.

blue holiday plates with red berries
Cool blue with touches of red in Lenox’s Frosted Pines set offers a fresh twist on tradition.

Personal Place Settings

Thoughtful touches can really add charm to your holiday table and make your guests feel welcome. Place cards are an easy way to add a personal touch, and we love the idea of handwriting your guests’ names on each place card. If you’re looking for an easy and festive place card you can create on your own, try our place card design.

holiday place setting ideas
A linen table runner with a pine branch motif and folded linen napkin on top of create a minimal holiday look that ties in perfectly with the simple bottlebrush tree arragement. Photo by Jickie Torres.

Consider other ways to wow your guests with a memento that’s also part of the place setting, such as a small decorative item on top of their salad plate or napkin. A home-baked gingerbread cookie or a keepsake Christmas ornament they can take home with them are just a couple ideas.

holiday place cards
Handwritten (or a handwritten font style) names on place cards add a pretty, personal touch for guests. Photo by Jickie Torres.

Show your guests a memorable time with every carefully chosen detail for your holiday gathering. Our hosting list will also help you stay organized as you plan your festive event. Happy hosting!

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