Image: Joe Kim | Produced by: Ann Marie Favot
These elegant table settings will have you inspired to create beautiful tabletop decor this holiday season.
Sophistication meets sumptuous style in table settings this holiday season. Whether you choose a touch of vintage silver, a brand new china pattern or dramatic dark glassware, get ready to be inspired by our rich tableaux.
Plaid in Play
Rustic meets refined in this dramatic display. Basic black jute is overlaid with a swath of classic black and red tartan fabric – matched by a plaid-patterned plate – that’s just right for a festive feast, be it Christmas or Hogmanay. Adding a sense of light and movement to the moody scene, a set of mixed vintage-look flatware from Pottery Barn plays well with the Wedgwood basalt charger and bowl as well as the small black jug. The finishing touch is a sweet sprig of rosemary that stands in for a spray of heather.
What we love: Antique pewter, with its black patina and distressed look, offers a rich, almost medieval feel.
Buying new dinnerware is the perfect indulgence for this year’s holiday meal, and we can’t think of a prettier pick than this indigo and pearl Marchesa china. Layer it on top of Kate Spade New York silver-rimmed plates for a lighter feel and add navy-handled flatware to balance the look. An extra-special touch? We referenced the distinctive china pattern in the table covering by placing a length of sheer Anna French lace over denim blue linen, resulting in a polished arrangement that’s classic yet contemporary.
What we love: These adorable Kate Spade New York crystal wineglasses are etched with barely there polka dots.
Rococo patroness Madame de Pompadour, with her considerable taste and verve, may have set such a table were she celebrating Christmas today. Mismatched antique dishes lavished with gold detailing from Toronto’s Cynthia Findlay Antiques are brought straight into the 21st century with slick contemporary gold flatware, while a simple linen napkin keeps the look from going over the top. And did you notice? The Kelly Wearstler fabric that covers the table is faux python – we think Madame would be pleased!
What we love: The simple white ornament adorned with gold stick-on glitter letters serves as a pretty place card.
The patina of silver and the sparkle of crystal highlight the white Jasper Conran plates with delightful scalloped edges in this modern setting. It’s a sophisticated aesthetic with just a touch of whimsy found in the delicate chinoiserie-patterned plate, the antique silver-plated pheasant that stands at attention and the small bowl of shiny ornaments that speaks to the holiday spirit. A handwritten place card in a petite silver tray and a hint of fresh greenery are all that’s required to complete this festive look.
What we love: Inexpensive vintage collectibles like this tiny silver tray are perfect for adding that extra bling.