Amy Sewell's Simple & Elegant Holiday Tablescapes

Get tips on how to assemble your holiday tablescapes.

What Is The One Thing We Need?

A set of white dishes is the little black dress of holiday entertaining, since you can dress them up or down for any occasion.

What Are The Different Looks We Have?

Our first look is casual Thanksgiving

For a casual family holiday dinner, start with an autumn-harvest themed tablecloth and layer colorful placemats and napkins, along with leaf-themed napkin rings that double as place card holders. Stemware and flatware is casual as well, with coordinating iced beverage, red wine and white wine glasses, along with flatware with clean, modern lines. Keep bread warm with ceramic serving baskets that can be warmed in the oven.
A votive centerpiece with a low profile enables guests to see each other across the table. Flameless candles add a festive touch while minimizing the risk of accidents.

Our second look is an Elegant Christmas

For a formal dinner, start with a bright red tablecloth. Beaded charger plates make a statement at each place setting, topped with coordinating napkins and festive poinsettia or berry pine napkin rings. Crystal stemware and ornate flatware accessorize each place setting. A frosted hurricane vase and graduated candlesticks add a touch of elegance; make sure to use unscented candles at any dinner table. Filling large clear jars with ornaments is an inexpensive way to add color and shine to your table.

Last but not least is the Festive Dessert Buffet

A dessert buffet frees you up to visit with your guests rather than spend time in the kitchen. Not only is it easy on the host or hostess, but a buffet keeps guests circulating and mingling at the party. Offering bite sized desserts instead of larger single portions lets guests indulge in a variety of sweet treats. A single-serve coffeemaker, offered with a carousel of K-cups, allows guests to customize coffee, tea, hot cider or cocoa.

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