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Setting Your Holiday Table

Are you hosting a dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Maybe it’s a huge family gathering, the yearly ritual where long lost relatives from all over the map re-unite and share pleasantries over some home-cooked food. Or maybe it’s an impromptu get-together with your closest friends.

Whatever the case, set the right mood by arranging a table that’s festive and fun. Sure, you’ll be a bit more formal if your grandma is on the guest list (as opposed to your college roommate, with whom you stumbled drunkenly from one pub to the next), so it’s all about mixing and matching wisely and playing to your audience.

Here, a few ideas for various different scenarios. 


Kim Seybert Distressed Chargers, $122.50 for set of four. Available at Vivre.com

Made to resemble faux patent leather, these vinyl 12 1/2″ platters add some sparkle to any holiday table. The radiant Kim Seybert plates come in sets of four and are available in either gold or silver.


Slatkin & Co. Penguin Cookie Jar, $25. Visit BathAndBodyWorks.com

This adorable decorative accent from Slatkin & Co. is more than mere eye candy (Though it’s so cute, that it will make everyone go, “Awwwww”.. It’s pretty much inevitable!). Remove the lid on the penguin’s head and you’ll have a nice, safe place to store cookies (or any other treats!).


Candy Cane Shot Glasses, $8 for set of 2. Visit FredFlare.com

When it’s time to do shots, break out these quirky glasses, fashioned to look like they were made out of candy cane. And no, they’re not edible, silly!


Alessi Hal Freddo Snowman Figurine, $16. Visit Fitzsu.com

If you’re going for a playful look when setting your dinner table, why not add a whimsical twist with some of these painted porcelain miniature snowmen? You can’t have a Winter Wonderland without some of those!


Lolita “Skiing Santa” Wine Glass, $21.95. Visit DesignsByLolita.com

This hand-painted Lolita wine glass could get any Grinch, Scrooge and party pooper to change his tune (and the song of choice would be “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”). The glass features snowy landscapes, lined with pine trees, and, at the stem, a portrait of Santa Claus on a pair of skis. Guess he wanted a break from his sled! Lg1_002818

NEST Holiday 3-Wick Candle, $68. Visit OwenLawrence.com

This elegant NEST candle features a blend of mandarin orange, pine, eucalyptus and cinnamon for a woodsy, spicy and perfectly seasonable scent.


Gorham Christmas Splendor 4-Piece Place Setting, $19.99. Visit BedBathAndBeyond.com

If you’re hosting a small get-together with your closest relatives, then this set is a smart investment. Sure, you may have to get more than one set, depending on the size of your clan, but you’ll still be saving more than if you went with a pricier tableware brand. Besides, your fam will just be happy they don’t have to eat off of paper plates!


Kate Spade Holiday Coasters, $9 for a set of eight. Visit KatesPaperie.com

The song is called “Ring Around the Rosie,” not “Ring Around the Glass” so make sure to protect your wooden surfaces from water damage with some lovely coasters. And what better way to do that than with this Kate Spade set, which features eight round, snowflake-themed pieces. Each set comes with four green-colored coasters and four red ones.


Oval Stoneware Bread Basket, $49.99. Visit Williams-Sonoma.com

You don’t want to overdo it with all the Santa Claus, snowman, mistletoe and candy cane prints. Some of the pieces on your table should fit within the desired color scheme and yet serve to balance out the louder, attention-grabbing pieces. This cherry red bred basket, with its classic and understated design, accomplishes precisely that goal.


Spode Christmas Tree Salad Bowl, $27.99. Visit Overstock.com

For a more traditional, rustic look, go for this salad bowl in a muted beige hue with Christmas tree motifs. It comes with two wooden salad servers, as pictured above.

Robert Sabuda Gingerbread House Tabletop Decoration, $25.95, and Robert Sabuda Pop-Up Tree Decoration, $24.95. Visit MOMAStore.org

Want to create a Christmas Wonderland along that big table off yours? Then start off with these adorable pop-up decorations (See? You don’t even have to cut up some construction paper or make a mess with glitter and glue!).


2008 Christmas Spoon by Georg Jensen, $235. Available at UnicaHome.com

Designer Leo Griffin developed the angel motif for this year’s Georg Jensen Christmas Spoon (since 1910, a new artist has collaborated with GJ to release a seasonal spoon). Made from sterling silver plated with 24 carat gold and decorated with enamel, the spoon features a white angel with a red heart flying through the blue starry skies. It’s definitely a collectible!

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