Festive Holiday Tables Made Easy

Celebrity designer Stephen Saint-Onge shops off-price retailer, HomeGoods, to create four easy and affordable holiday tables.


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Embrace past traditions and invent new memories this holiday season by creating beautiful tables and festive entertaining settings, sure to dazzle every guest. Celebrity home and style designer Stephen Saint-Onge has created four easy-to-achieve, distinct table settings for various holiday gatherings using the unique merchandise found at HomeGoods.

Whether you're updating your existing table or starting with brand-new decor, his tips can help create a memorable entertaining environment.

"The holidays are all about your senses, and being affected and moved by your surroundings," says Saint-Onge. "A few simple details added to your space -- candlelight, tableware, festive accessories, and luxurious linens -- all create an instant holiday makeover by making an ordinary room extraordinary, and stores like HomeGoods give you the creative options to transform your home in this way."

Take a look at Stephen's four festive tabletop looks to inspire your gatherings this holiday season.

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Ring in the New Year with sparkle and surprise -- host your friends at a glamorous table in a dramatic setting.

Plush fur throws on the back of each chair keep guests comfortable and in a state of luxury all night long.

Sparkling in Silver

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Glistening silver candle holders echo the feel of the elaborate chandelier above, and their varying heights add interest to the eye.

Ornament Favors

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Small silver ornaments are both decoration and gifts for your guests at the end of the evening.

Twinkling Touches

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Old Hollywood inspires your table to twinkle and shine.

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Elegant white-on-white place settings, traditional flatware, and crystal stemware all create the classic foundation of this lovely table, perfect for a family dinner.

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Mix Old and New

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Look closer and you'll see new, unexpected touches, inspired by the seaside setting, that update the time-honored china.

Table Texture

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Sand and shells fill large hurricane vases and surround twinkling candles. The usual tablecloth has been replaced with a textured runner in a subtle green color that hints at the ocean beyond and allows the rich wood tones of the table to stand out. Sparkling shell ornaments bring two seasons together on one luxurious table.

A Touch of Sand

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Invite guests to their seats with their initial traced in sand.

Green and Gold

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Finally, remember to add decorative accents to your buffet table! Simple gold candelabras and greenery complemented with gold ribbon complete the festive space.

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Set a romantic table for two in an unexpected room. The colors and textures of this warm space inspire a "moment" shared only by the diners.

Here, glittering sugared fruit garland and embellished swags of greenery frame the mantel, while soft lighting and a cozy fire complete this magical setting.

Luxurious Touches

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Fabrics, colors, and patterns are layered, while festive china, whimsical crystal, and antique-like stemware all merge to create an inviting and delicious space.

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A painted sideboard gets a holiday makeover with a red runner, votive candles, and bowls of beaded fruit.

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Clean lines, vibrant hues, and subtle details combine for a casual, yet chic appearance -- perfect for Sunday brunch.

Surprising Color

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An unexpected holiday color like copper adds a stunning element when paired with the more traditional gold and green tones. Note the position of the opposing square plates that were layered to form an interesting setting.

Ornaments and Fruit

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Finish the look with a simple centerpiece of shimmering ornaments, fresh fruit, and fresh greens.

Festive Touches for Holiday Entertaining from Stephen Saint-Onge

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  • Always use candles when entertaining to establish a warm and inviting atmosphere.
  • Combine faux florals, sparkling ornaments, and fresh flowers to create a centerpiece that can be used for various gatherings. Just replace fresh flowers to change the look.
  • Focus on decorating the spaces that guests see first and gather most, like the foyer and living areas.
  • To create the festive mood, set a welcoming table in the foyer with flutes filled with champagne and sparkling pomegranate juice, interspersed with simple votives.
  • Instead of using a traditional tablecloth, let the natural beauty of the table shine through and use a beautiful runner or two, for a unique layered effect.
  • Look around your space and let your surroundings inspire you to make an ordinary room extraordinary.

About Stephen Saint-Onge

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Home designer Stephen Saint-Onge, known as "the designer for the everyday American family," has become an expert on the home with his creative, family-friendly and approachable style. Stephen uses his talent to show everyone how their homes can be the best they can be -- no matter who they are or what their budget may be. Named "one of the top designers in America" by House Beautiful magazine, he firmly believes that "good design has the power to change lives."

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Stephen's television appearances and home makeovers have been featured on Oprah, The View, TLC, and more. Presently, he is at work on his own creative television and book projects as well as working with clients around the country. In his spare time, Stephen works with worthy causes that have a special focus on children, including Saving the Arts programs in our nation's schools.

HomeGoods, with more than 250 stores nationwide, offers a wide selection of designer and brand-name home fashions, unique accessories, and gifts for every room of the home at affordable prices. HomeGoods is a division of The TJX Companies, Inc. of Framingham, Massachusetts.

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