Elegant Holiday Table Settings
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.
Mix Old and New
Look closer and you'll see new, unexpected touches inspired by the seaside setting that updates the time-honored china.
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
Invite guests to their seats in a unique way by tracing their initials in sand.
Green and Gold
Finally, remember to add decorative accents to your buffet table! Simple gold candelabras and greenery accented with gold ribbon complete the festive space.
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 backs of chairs keep guests comfortable and in a state of luxury all night long.
Sparkling in Silver
Glistening silver candleholders echo the feel of the elaborate chandelier above, and their varying heights add interest to the eye.
Give your table setting a little extra holiday flair with small silver ornaments. They serve as both decorations and gifts for your guests at the end of the evening.
Liven up your table with inspiration from old Hollywood's glamour, twinkle, and shine.
Layers of Luxury
Glittering sugared fruit garland and embellished swags of greenery frame the mantel, while soft lighting and a cozy fire complete this magical setting.
Fabrics, colors, and patterns are layered, while festive china, whimsical crystal, and antiquelike stemware all merge to create an inviting and delicious space.
A painted sideboard gets a holiday makeover with a red runner, votive candles, and bowls of beaded fruit.
Casual and Colorful
Clean lines, vibrant hues, and subtle details combine for a casual yet chic appearance -- perfect for Sunday brunch.
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
Finish the look with a simple centerpiece of shimmering ornaments, fresh fruit, and fresh greens.
Stephen Saint-Onge's Holiday Tips
-- Always use candles when entertaining to establish a warm and inviting atmosphere.
-- Focus on decorating the spaces that guests see first and gather most, like the foyer and living areas.
-- 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.