Photo Gallery: Holiday Tables
See 30+ tables ready for winter and Christmas.
Stylist Nikole Herriott created this gorgeous table setting with gold and copper accents. “Worry less about [your holiday table] being perfect and think more about being happy,” she advises. “It’s amazing how objets you love can and will have a common feel when placed together. You’ll often find an unexpected harmony that’s completely you.”
When designer Brian Gluckstein found glam dinnerware in his favourite hue, he knew it was the perfect jumping off point for his refined holiday table setting. “I tend to use non-traditional colours for my holiday collections and design ornaments that reflect fashion and trends,” he says. A few small ornaments sit atop each place setting, small gifts that guests can take home. Ornaments show up again in a long chain that runs the length of the table, picking up on the metallic tones in the table cloth and china. Individual salt and pepper shakers and hand-written place cards add a sense of thoughtful formality.
This vintage tablescape from designer-turned-baker Rosie Daykin started with ornate dishes from France. “I think the crisp white plays off the seafoam blue and pistachio linens beautifully,” she says. “It’s clean and bright and feels like the light on a clear, snowy day.” Baked goods adorn the table in colourful boxes, which create height and make a delicious take-home gift. Daykin eschews placecards in favour of a quirky stand-ins — quail eggs with tiny, customizable note cards. Vintage-look ornaments complete the look.
Mix different sets of formal dinnerware to create an unexpected look that plays up tradition yet feels current. Set out platters or bowls with seasonal fruit or vegetables as table decor. Here, a plate of oranges sets off the tones in the tablecloth. Add unexpected elements, like the sardine dish and individually wrapped gifts for guests — a tiny trinket to commemorate the night. Brushed-gold utensils with teardrop-shaped handles are a formal touch that enhances the drama of the place settings.
The glazed turquoise plate, purple napkin and minty green eucalyptus put a sophisticated spin on the look. The pine cone napkin weight and bowl of walnuts in the shell play up the nature-inspired design. Modern hand-hewn plates and votive holders keep the rustic style from feeling too themed. Complement the simple table setting with elegant flatware, like this traditional silver set with a matte finish and unfussy handles.
For a simple and affordable table decoration, top each napkin with a frosty pinecone. Line the centre of the dining table with lit candles and fresh evergreen branches in vases.
In this Calgary farmhouse, a grand dining table works perfectly for large holiday feasts. Red wine glasses enhance the Christmas vibe, and a natural wreath suits the rustic winter look.
Instead of traditional green and red, add some holiday cheer with rich jewel tones. Vintage emerald green glasses and china bowls holding deep pink roses echo the colour palette of the patterened heirloom India Tree china. Gold chargers and matching avian napkin rings lend the white tablecloth warmth and whimsy.
Different patterns in the same colour scheme add depth without being overwhelming. A small silver bird and a pewter dish holding tiny blue robin’s eggs cleverly reference the accent plate’s pattern. Incorporate the festive season with small arrangements of white flowers and red berries.
A brushed-gold charger dresses up simple white dinnerware, and a luxe patterned salad plate introduces blue to cool off the warm colour scheme. The enamel butterfly napkin ring and handwritten placecard (shaped like a gift tag) keeps the look fun and whimsical while staying formal.
An understated burlap tablecloth sets the tone for classic navy and green tartan — the only hit of colour on this table. A gold-rimmed glass charger and white dinner plate with subtle beading add a special touch. The crystal drop candelabra brings festive sparkle to the table.
Artful layers, from flatware to linens and plates, create a lush tabletop. White hydrangeas are pretty but not overpowering. Soft pewter silver-banded plates complement the wall colour, and simple tapered candles are perfect year-round.
Black napkins folded neatly into rectangles are easy to do and elegantly understated. Black bowls and geometric patterned saucers creates a sharp setting.
Free of a tablecloth, runner and chargers, this minimally decorated table is clean and sophisticated. White silk chairs add a bit of glitz. Crystal chandeliers encased in sleek drum shades cast a soft glow. This airy space balances out the dark room adjacent.
A tall vase filled with large birch branches is a contemporary and rustic alternative to traditional flower arrangements. The table is set to accommodate buffet dinners, with stacks of dinnerware, napkins and cutlery readily available.
For less formal affairs, turn your dining room table into a buffet. Tall branches hung with a few ornaments add a festive note but don’t get in the way of people’s ability to move and socialize around the table. Pull chairs away from the table to allow for better flow around the buffet.
A lovely combination of rough textures come together to create a modern farmhouse look. Tailored meets rustic with a slipcovered wing chair and a raw wooden table. Blue pottery and linens pop against a white backgound, reminiscent of a frosty winter landscape.
Homeowner and designer Brett Sherlock created the farmhouse-style glass-topped trestle table to add counter space and keep the kitchen casual. Now he can pull up chairs for an informal dinner, arrange a breakfast buffet for guests, or display appetizers at a bustling cocktail party. The table is based on a design by Ralph Lauren and was custom-made by Peter Henley in nearby Vineland.
A casual mix-and-match table setting is adorned with a simple potted evergreen and a few scattered boughs, and illuminated with playful antler candleholders. An antique Nova Scotia table and Windsor chairs offer a sturdy complement to the exposed wooden beams and log walls, while a 1920s French chandelier and stunning silver disc light add a surprising hit of sparkle.
A chandelier, overflowing with fresh greenery, is lit with faux candles to give off a soft, warm glow during meals. For a party, dining chairs are pulled away from the table to create an instant buffet. All-white square serving platters offer an orderly presentation and let the food take centre stage.
Layering antique furniture with soft shades of lilac, this room is an elegant and upscale take on holiday dining. There’s no ornamentation here; a garland of magnolia leaves decorating the 19th-century Dominican sideboard, potted paperwhites and a single vase of hydrangeas, lilies and berries offers subtle nods to the season.
A stunning centerpiece of large silver balls and sprigs of evergreen add holiday cheer to this winter-white formal dining room. Dark glossy floors, warm wood furniture and natural light streaming through the windows offer warmth and sparkle.
Dispense with the typical pine boughs and baubles. In this dining room, sculptural modern furniture and black accents pop against an all-white palette. A traditional mantel and contemporary painting quietly capture the spirit of the season.
Bamboo Chippendale-style chairs exude a holiday vibe thanks to their winter white hue. Dark wood floors keep the room grounded.
In other circumstances this short-ish tablecloth and precious chandelier might be considered too small, but they read here as fun and flirty. For practicality, on dining chairs in family homes use elegant fabrics, but with a laminated finish for wipeability. The simplicity of this tableau lets objects like pine cones and bird’s nests take centre stage.
A large evergreen wreath decorated with burlap tassels adds an organic appeal to this holiday table. White pottery vases filled with silvery dusty miller are lined up down the table to keep with the unfussy, nature inspired theme and don’t get in the way of dinner conversation. Tall pillar candles provide soft lighting, paired with black dishware the look is stylishly modern rustic.
Dressing up a vintage chandelier with simple satin ribbon and silver ornaments creates a dining room that is ready for glamorous holiday parties. Continuing the white and pale blue colour palette into the table settings makes the wintry decor look elegant and well-planned.
Inexpensive elements add up to a delicious display that elevates an informal get-together. Create a singular statement by tucking a tree branch or resin antler among the pedestals. A modern porcelain pendant light keeps the look fresh.
Place a tiny evergreen seedling at each seat to serve as both a place card and a thank-you gift for guests. Bundled in black burlap and tied with twine, the offering is a gesture that’s both eco- and economically-friendly.
Welcome winter and the holidays with hand cut, DIY paper snowflakes hung on wire over the dining table. Painted pine cones (or ceramic ones, as shown here) do double duty as decorations and placecard holders. Pine cones, cedar sprigs and bright red berries put a woodsy spin on the traditional Christmas centerpiece.
Skip the poinsettias and opt for non-traditional flowers and patterns in traditional Christmas hues. This table runner, in a Japanese cherry-blossom print, puddles elegantly on the floor for drama. Woven placemats and casual blooms in white vases keep the overall look light.
Table settings are layered on a red velvet and organza runner with accents like red-glass pebbles, beaded napkin rings and oversized faux diamonds to lend sparkle. A long, low centerpiece of bold ruby amaryllis and ilex berries reinforces the holiday palette.
Silver dollars in speckled gold-leaf vessels are a simply sophisticated way to set your holiday table. White china and milky, translucent wine glasses keep the table looking natural and glamorous. Chunky glass candlesticks look like delicate ice carvings.
A crystal chandelier and silvery wallpaper are sophisticated counterpoints to the glass dining table and icy blue chairs. A medium-grey commercial-grade carpet unifies the living and dining room design, and draw attention from the parquet flooring.
Luxurious silk taffeta drapes balance an off-centre window in designer Colleen McGill’s dining room. An oversized paper lantern and a seagrass rug are simple counterpoints to the room’s more formal elements.
Acid green accents, including posies of orchids and viburnum, pop against the fuchsia. Wildly patterned Missoni Home china pulls together all the colours, and low glass votives inject sparkle. To up the holiday factor, fill a bowl with coordinating ornaments.
Create individual party kits for each place setting by folding white linen napkins into pouches and fastening them with ribbons and various broaches; fill each of the pockets with flatware, noisemakers and sing-along scrolls.