3 Ways to Dress Up your Holiday Table Setting

Home v November 23, 2015

Although Thanksgiving sits at the halfway mark between Halloween and Christmas, once the holiday is over – Christmas comes in full swing. Whether you’re spending it with family, hosting your own, or having a “Friendsgiving” – make it especially festive with charming table settings and accents. Embrace autumn, welcome winter, or have a sans-theme formal dinner.


Natural Fall Elements


If you want to embrace the essence of autumn, think about your favorite elements of the season. Pumpkins, fallen leaves, a cornucopia perhaps? Play around with bringing your favorite outdoor elements indoors! By default, stick with a typical autumnal color scheme: red, orange, beige, yellow, brown. For the centerpiece, think big! Instead of your typical flower arrangement, adorn the table with pinecones, branches or driftwood.

burlap coasters

Divine NY & Co. – Burlap Coasters


napkin ring

Caroline – Unique Fall Napkin Ring



Drifting Concepts – Driftwood Centerpiece


yandiwa vase

Yandiwa – Australian Wooden Gum Burl Vase


table runner natural stone

Kuchi Kuu – Key Biscayne Table Runner



Classic Holiday Fun


If your idea of Thanksgiving is daydreaming about the Black Friday shopping ahead, a general holiday theme is perfect for your table setting. Without completely decking the halls, use the color red to bridge these two holidays. Although the setting may look a little Christmassy, fool your guests with an autumnal aroma – one, strong candle and some woodsy accents will do the trick.


andaloo candle

Andaloo – Pumpkin Souffle Candle


hand dyed placemats

Divine NY & Co – Hand-Dyed Placemats


wool needle felt bouquet

The Magic Onions – Wool Pom Pom Flower Arrangement


napkin pink

Dogwood & Hastings Pink Urchiness Napkin


rehatchery felted garland

The Rehatchery – Upcycled Felt Holiday Garland



Formal Fine Dining


A formal fine dining theme is great for larger families and parties. Keep the event classy by minimizing table knick-knacks and matchy-matchy place settings. Avoid color when possible – stick to black, white, glass and metallic. If you tend to dine on the later side, place a bunch of candles around the room to get everyone in that holiday spirit!

party favors

The Magic Onions- Winter White Formal Place Settings


reclamation etchworks

Reclamation Etchworks – The Variance Set


glass bowl

CuchiOrganics – Recycled Glass Bowl 


bottle butler wine server

Barrel-Art – Bottle Butler Wine Server




Phoebe Gillan

Phoebe is from San Francisco, California and has lived in Manhattan for a year. She is studying Strategic Design & Management at Parsons School of Design, in her second year of their Bachelor of Business Administration program. When she’s not working on EcoHabitude’s blog or social media platforms, she loves to explore New York City rooftops, upcycle her clothes and learn new languages.

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