By Emma Bazilian
Tired of the same old Christmas tablescape This year, ditch the tired set of stuffy china and mix and match your way to an inspiring holiday dinner that feels fresh and festive. Watch our video to see how House Beautiful style director Robert Rufino combines patterns, colors, high and low to create a scene that’s anything but cookie-cutter.
Step 1: Start with pattern.
A vintage textile in Christmas-y colors sets the stage… and is so much more forgiving than a white tablecloth when it comes to spills.
Step 2: Layer plates and napkins.
Each setting gets a dinner plate, a salad plate, and a simply folded napkin. Combine different patterns and motifs, staying within the same color family and size range.
Step 3: Bring on the sparkle.
Use a mix of different glassware to add even more color and shine to your tabletop.
Step 4: Lay down the flatware.
Gold-toned flatware feels extra-special for the holidays, but doesn’t require all the work that comes with using real silver.
Step 5: Accessorize!
A vintage postcard on each plate doubles as a place card. The finishing touch? Flowers, of course. Pull colors from your tabletop palette to keep the look cohesive.