Dress up a simple place setting with a pinecone and name tag cut from scrapbook paper and attached to a whitewashed pinecone studded with silver dragees. Photo by Matthew Mead.
Antique sheet music makes a chic, unconventional base for this white-and-silver place setting. Top the music with a silver charger, an ironstone dinner plate and a silver bread plate. Then, roll up a monogrammed linen napkin in a simple silver ring. Photo by Marian Parsons.
Treat your guests to the luxury of using different plates and bowls for each course. Serve soup in simple wooden bowls, follow with a salad on a delicate ironstone plate and finish with dinner on a square wooden plate. A crystal goblet adds a touch of elegance, but the wheat pattern ties in to the natural theme. Photo by Marian Parsons.
Subtle seasonal touches, like sprigs of holly tucked into silver napkin rings, a mini poinsettia centerpiece and garland wreaths along the sideboard, give this simple table setting quiet sophistication. Photo courtesy of Tara Riceberg.
Transform everyday white dishes and napkins with a simple napkin ring embellishment. Best of all, it's temporary: simply hot glue a small scrapbooking embellishment to the tops of plain rings. When the holidays are over, simply remove the embellishments and save them for next year. Photo by Layla Palmer.
This three-tiered centerpiece combines silver ornament balls, sparkling starfish, strands of jewelry and holiday greenery while adding a creative and vintage touch to a cottage-style dining room. Design by Rate My Space user single_mom_on_a_budget.
RMS user Leanne Michael Interiors wanted to maintain the simplicity of this neutral dining room during the holiday season. Birch branches and bird nests were dusted with gold powder for a subtle Christmas glow. Gold candles and sparkling accessories deliver just the right amount of elegance.
Designer Katrina Giles used icy blue, silver and black as her holiday color scheme. The white and blue plates pop against the shimmery black placemats, and silver snowflake wrapping paper works as an easy table runner that's ideal for a quick clean up.
RMS user KeithC brought holiday flair to a plain white tablecloth. Red-wire decorative ribbon marks each individual place setting. A flat, rectangular mirror is topped with white berries and roses for a glamorous centerpiece.
Bring the outdoors in with a woodsy, nature-inspired centerpiece. RMS user JenniH used decorative vine and ornament balls along with feathers, garland and white birds for a stunning table display. The silver, white and gold color palette provides a pleasing color contrast.
Touch of Drama
Create a dramatic holiday centerpiece by combining bold red accessories. Bright red ornament balls, berry sprigs and glittery tinsel garland surround a plain white candle in a clear crystal globe to create an eye-catching centerpiece.
White on white makes a simple yet striking table setting during the holidays. RMS user single_mom_on_a_budget stacked ceramic white plates and finished each setting with a wrapped gift box for a striking touch.
Melissa Michaels stylishly dressed up her kitchen table for the holidays. \"Take an ordinary wreath and fill the center with fruit and vegetables such as apples, limes and artichokes, and weave some sparkly garland around the wreath for a unique centerpiece,\" she says.
\"Christmas doesn't always have to be green and red,\" designer Cindy Aplanalp says. \"You can extend your fall decorations into the winter by using gold as a holiday color.\" Cindy's holiday table setting brings in hints of Christmas hues, but allows natural tones of golden yellow and brown to shine through.
RMS user glam-tastic relied on gold as the primary color for this holiday tablescape. A decorated garland centerpiece and berry sprigs in the chandelier add traditional holiday flair to an elegant dining room.
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.
Nothing says elegance like gold tones. RMS user Knaugher paired gold and burgundy for an exquisite table display.
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.
RMS user dianneh stacked several patterned plates for individualized holiday table settings. An oversized bell holds the personalized name cards for each guest.
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.
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.
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
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.
RMS user Tablescapes used stacked cake plates to put together a dazzling tabletop display. When decorating with traditional holiday hues, combine red ornament balls, berry sprigs, red beads and ribbon for an extravagant centerpiece.
A copper-toned tablescape is kept simple with a short table runner, glittery copper stars and matching ornament balls. The adjacent Christmas tree reflects the copper-colored table decor. Design by RMS user 9359288.DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Individual Place Setting: Rosemary and Sage
Place a few sprigs of rosemary in a tiny galvanized bucket, tuck in a sage stem and add a little water.DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Ivy and Red Berries
Fill an egg cup with sprigs of bright red berries and tuck in a few short lengths of ivy around the edge.DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Cut fresh flowers from plants that flourish in a winter garden, such as Christmas rose (Helleborus niger), Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis), or witch hazel (Hamamellis mollis). Put them in a small foil-lined box or pot and add a little water.