Festive Holiday Table Settings

There may only be a few days until Christmas and the first night of Hanukkah, but that doesn't mean there isn't enough time to plan the perfect holiday table setting! Below are three great themes that can easily come together with items you already have. Just stick to a few simple rules and your guests will surely be impressed!

1. Don't match your dinner and dessert plates (mixing looks better) and use chargers! (these don't have to be expensive, the plastic gold or silver are fine and are typically under $2).

2. Include your existing holiday decor in the centre of the table (ornaments, small decorative items, candle holders, etc.). Always include candles, but avoid tall candlesticks if you are worried about having them knocked over or use flameless.

3. Always incorporate greenery! You don't have to run out to your florist and buy an expensive bouquet, use what you have in your yard!

4. Ensure each place setting is properly arranged. The image below illustrates how to arrange a formal setting - if your meal is more casual, just subtract some of the items. If you don't have enough separate red and white wine glasses, don't stress! Just use a medium size unique shaped glass like I did below (add champagne flutes for a holiday toast!). Last but not least, stemware and cutlery don't have to match. Not everyone has large enough sets for holiday gatherings - mixing is acceptable and makes for an interesting look!


Blue, white, and silver! Can't go wrong with these colours for Hanukkah. I used existing chargers, dinner plates, stemware, cutlery, and napkins and paired them with my classic Williams Sonoma Hanukkah dessert plates, place card holders and table runner. Add silver candle holders, a few festive Hanukkah accessories (dreidels, and gelt), greenery and there you have it - a festive Hanukkah table setting!

Winter Wonderland

This silver and white table setting can be created with existing elements from your home! Again, I used chargers, plates, napkins, napkin rings, and runner I already had and paired them with some silver and white Christmas decorations. Mercury glass Christmas trees, silver ornaments, and a cute jingle bell garland. If you don't have white and silver plates, runner, napkins, etc. - just use what you have and add similar Christmas decorations of your choice. You will still end up like a festive look!

Classic Christmas

I love the classic Christmas elements - red, gold, plaid and they look great paired together for a table setting. Here I paired my classic Williams Sonoma dessert plates with gold accents (patterned paper napkins are okay if that is all you have) including vintage brass candlesticks and vintage napkin holders.