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Christmas Table Setting

Elegant Table Setting: Ready to showcase the Christmas feast, these stacks of mismatched white plates will make food colorful and appetizing. Elegantly embellished English crackers continue the tone-on-tone color scheme. Christmas tree candle clips attached to each plate add a warming holiday touch.

Spice Up Serving Platters: Simple serving dishes become dazzling displays when you outline them with holiday greenery and fruit. Bind the greenery in place with twine or wire concealed by holiday ribbon.

Dining Room Decor: An opulent dining room deserves impressive holiday decorations. Commanding fruit-filled containers crown the sideboard, adding height and color to the sophisticated space. The impact is doubled in the mirror's reflection.

Casual: You don’t have to have Christmas china to create a holiday place setting. Pair versatile solid-colored plates to mirror the holiday palette established by table linens. A pewter goblet adds an air of casual elegance to this simple setting. Get the Look: Charger: Berry & Thread Scalloped Charger, $66, by Juliska. Dinner plate: Ruby Dinner Plate, $44, also by Juliska. Linens: Neoclassical Border Napkins, $34, by Kim Seybert. Flatware: Chatham Bead, $190 for 65-piece set, by Wallace from Lifetime Brands, available at Macy’s. Glass: Wizard’s Goblet by Match, $92, available through Bromberg’s, 205/871-3276.

Evening Dinner Party by Cristina Ferrare: If you're hosting an evening holiday dinner party, opt for tall candlesticks and fresh flowers for your table. It creates style and sophistication as well as a welcoming mood for guests.

Holiday Place Settings by Cristina Ferrare: I'm always on the lookout for sales after Christmas. That's where I find fun things like this place mat, napkin ring and napkins. Here I used two different colors of napkins for a nice colorful touch!

Candy Canes and Carnations Holiday Centerpiece: Add high-contrast punch to white table linens with a few touches of red. Red-and-white carnations and a striped runner (easily made from a fabric remnant) draw the eye to the center of this table and establish the candy cane theme. Fill a pretty glass bowl with

Special Napkin Displays by Cristina Ferrare: I like to find fun ways to fold napkins. This creation looks like a poinsettia! Experiment with what you have on hand and discover the unique designs you can create.

Decorate a Holiday Table

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Keep it Natural: Egg-shaped fresh cranberries provide an unexpected pop of color against a craft store bird’s nest. Shop the farmers' market, garden center and the great outdoors to find accessories for this rustic table setting.

Layer Upon Layer: Fluffy white snowflakes, knit "sweater" ornaments, twine-wrapped candles, fresh greens, pinecones and a stack of old books bring visual and textural interest to this centerpiece. Be careful where candles are positioned in relation to fresh greenery, and never leave candles unattended.

It’s All in the Details: Embellish a simple galvanized sap bucket with humble hemp twine and an inexpensive snowflake ornament. Wrap twine several times around the top of bucket, then tie together and create a loop to thread snowflake on. Tie one more knot to secure the snowflake.

Forget the Florist: Trim evergreen branches from your yard or an obliging neighbor's tree to serve as a centerpiece. Place fresh boughs in a galvanized bucket and swag a wooden bead garland around the greens. Use leftover Christmas tree clippings to fill in the base of the tablescape.

Tag It: A bundle of fresh cinnamon sticks is wrapped and tied in hemp twine. Write guests' names with permanent marker on a shipping tag and tie to a cinnamon bundle to assign seats. Arrange guests in a way that will encourage conversation and new friendships.

Mix and Match: Vintage Bakelite flatware from slightly mismatched sets looks perfect side by side. Don’t be afraid to mix and match silverware, plates and glasses. It often looks more interesting than using pieces that are made to be a set.

Black and White: RMS user mlwzinger opted for black and white decor instead of typical holiday colors. A splash of gold adds holiday shimmer to each place setting while the black and white theme matches the modernity of the space.

Winter Snow: RMS user AprilD26 used winter snow and ice as the inspiration for her holiday tablescape. Crystal glasses, a blue table runner and silver accents create a graceful and elegant dining experience

Minimal Decor: RMS user happyeastcoasttransplant added red ribbon to each white chair and red-berry garland above the four mirrors. Until guests arrive, glass jars full of holiday candy serve as table toppers.

Simple Settings: Designer Katrina Giles used robin's egg blue ornament balls as name card holders for each place setting. The name cards are made of black glitter yardstick and silver letter stickers and can be used from season to season.

Jingle Bells: RMS user dianneh stacked several patterned plates for individualized holiday table settings. An oversized bell holds the personalized name cards for each guest.

Silver and White: With a bold, eye-catching centerpiece, RMS user JenniH kept the table settings simple with stacked white plates on round silver platters. Small sterling silver vases hold individual Lily of the Valley flowers for each guest.

Fanciful Feast: Nothing says elegance like gold tones. RMS user Knaugher paired gold and burgundy for an exquisite table display.

Holiday Festivities: Burgundy-red and metallic silver were combined to create a festive holiday dining room. Silver-beaded candelabras and sparkling snowflakes jazz up a plain white tablecloth. Burgundy fabric and silver ribbon adorn the chairs for a simple holiday makeover.