How to Set a Beautiful Holiday Table

A Beautiful Autumn Table: Layering

Think of the place setting the way you would an outfit: you might layer a shirt with a sweater and add a scarf to give it some interest. Apply that same layering idea to your table. Start with a crisp linen tablecloth, combine our Holiday Branch dinner plates with our Southern Living dinner and bread plates and layer in metal chargers for extra style. Now add in color with linens and flowers. These amazing greenery illustrations were commissioned just for us—and they work double-duty as a garnish for your food.

An Elegantly Casual Holiday Table: Color

Everyone enjoys a festive table during the holidays, and all it requires are a few simple touches of color. For a Christmas supper, play up the shades of green and red in the Holiday Branch dinnerware with chargers, linens and greenery. Once again, think about the layers. You won’t be serving food on all these plates, but it really makes for a great look. Plus, the illustrations on each plate are made to mix or match.

How to Set a Beautiful Holiday Table

An Unforgettable Formal Holiday Table: Winter Whites & Sparkle

For that special holiday meal you’re planning, restyle your Holiday Branch Dinnerware to create an elegant look. Nothing says “I’m honored you’re here” more than white linen. Add some sparkle to your winter white table with mercury glass. Display a variety of sizes and heights for added depth and dimension, from candlesticks to votive holders. And to tie in the theme beautifully, tuck white roses into mercury glass vases.

How to Set a Beautiful Holiday Table


Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.



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    September 4, 2013

    Hoo-weee! An all-white dinner table for Christmas? Bah humbug! What do the folks from Tennesee and North Carolina say when they are buried in snow? “More white? Arrrrgh!”

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    October 14, 2012

    thank you for these wonderful ideas. I professionally decorat for the Holidays and I found your demonstration and ideas very refreshing.

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    October 5, 2012

    Love love all the ideas.. Please email me the size Huricane you used on the very first video where you used 3 identical across.. the table… Love that…