The holidays are almost here (can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?), and that means family and friends gathering for food, fun and festivities.
Whether you’re a first-time host or an entertaining veteran, setting a beautiful table for any occasion – from Thanksgiving to Hanukkah celebrations to Christmas dinner – requires some careful planning and hunting for the perfect decorations. Just the right festive touches can get everyone in the holiday spirit.
No matter the occasion, there is a treasure trove of great accessories online to match the theme. Try mixing rich, earthy tones like forest green or brown, holiday staples red and blue or autumnal orange and yellow, with accents in gold, silver or white for an elegant and glamorous look.
Check out these dazzling table settings and centerpieces for ideas and inspiration for your next family dinner, Friendsgiving or get-together this holiday season.
Entertaining during the holidays often means a lot of food – and I do mean a lot. Thanksgiving brings the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, casseroles and, most importantly, dessert.
The all-white plates and serving platters provide a touch of elegance to this autumnal theme. Votive candles, fall-themed napkins and napkin holders and metallic accents such as the silverware round out this ideal Thanksgiving table.
The fall colors pair perfectly with the rich colors of sweet potato casserole, Brussels sprouts salad, cranberries and turkey with gravy.
Let It Snow
If you’re anything like me, you enjoy a white Christmas (or white Hanukkah). There’s nothing better than cozying up in front of the fireplace with a hot chocolate (spiked, if you’re of age) to watch the snow fall outside.
The perfect table setting for a snowy night, pair them with silver or gold accents. White on white makes for the perfect winter wonderland table, but if you’re missing a pop of color, add a red serving tray to complement your snowflake glassware.
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Nothing says “celebration” like champagne. The bubbly and sparkling spirit can add a bright, fun and elegant twist to any holiday party.
Pair a soft gold wreath with shimmery trees, glittery ornaments and other metallic accents for a glamorous and enchanting holiday theme. Dress up your tablescape with a gold bowl full of ornaments or woven balls or a gold table runner with sequin accents that will catch the light.
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Just as important as the food you serve are the beverages that accompany any holiday gathering. Whether it’s wine with the meal or beers and cocktails during football and other festivities, there are glasses and drinkware for every style.
Invite Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and – everyone’s favorite – Rudolph to the party with these leather reindeer coasters. And you can keep the carols going with sleigh bells drink stirrers.
But no holiday fête would be complete without candy canes. Anthropologie gives this children’s favorite an adult twist by making it a bottle opener.
And while you’re imbibing in some adult beverages, throw in a cocktail book for ideas on fun drinks to match the festive occasion.
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No matter how you set your table this holiday season, it’s bringing together your friends, family and loved ones that really make it a celebration.
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