Photo Gallery: 20 Party-Ready Dining Rooms
Inspiration for holiday entertaining.
A relaxed, pared-back vibe.
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.”
Metallic baubles set the tone.
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.
Playful accents make for a relaxed holiday table.
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.
Simple china pairs nicely with a linen tablecloth.
A relaxed linen tablecloth, tiny votives and simple blooms set the stage for modern luxury when paired with traditional, gold-rimmed china and understated gold flatware.
A sleek wooden chandelier feels surprisingly modern.
In the dining room of designer Grace Castaneda’s country home, coach lamps and equestrian prints are a chic take on traditional country-inspired decorating. A sturdy harvest table is dressed in a teal burlap tablecloth trimmed in gold bullion fringe. Paired with matte gold flatware, the effect is both luxe and subtly festive. Taupe linen cushions and a wreath hanging from a swath of burlap adds a quiet Belgian vibe to the space.
Outdoorsy accents warm up a modern space.
This dining room is bright and upbeat — the perfect spot for festive meals. Formal end chairs have a pleasing tension when juxtaposed with the curvy lines of iconic wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner. The delicate wave-like fabric on the backs of the end chairs and a subtle, tone-on-tone geometric patterned rug balances the boldly striped curtains, while a wide mirror doubles as art and injects more pattern. Subtle touches like cremone bolt hardware on the doors make the space feel polished.
A pared-back arrangement is timeless.
A trough of evergreen boughs, berries and pine cones is a simple alternative to a centerpiece. It adds texture and fragrance to your holiday table without adding clutter. Gold accents — in the form of cutlery and a charger — add a luxe, refined feel to the otherwise simple table.
Modern elements loosen up a trad dining room.
A jaw-dropping brass fixture reads as contemporary sculpture, replacing an ornate chandelier, which felt fussy. Traditional dining chairs were reupholstered in a modern linen damask, which picks up on the steely hue of a new tufted settee. Vintage sconces, a new mirror and an existing sideboard create a vignette with palpable tension, while a linen tablecloth warms up the industrial table, better linking it to the more traditional elements.
Simple, natural accents are all this table needs.
At designer Grace Castaneda’s weekend home, her holiday table is naturally adorned with cheerful sprigs of cedar and berries, fresh pears and a bowl of pine cones. The gold flatware from Gretel Home and simple dishware by Vera Wang (from William Ashley China) dress the table up a bit.
Warm metal accents are perfect for a fall feast.
Set your holiday table with dark blue dishes and linens, rich tones of tarnish and a gold-toned bowl or two. A vase of pale peonies — if you can track them down — is a lighter note against the dark china and dramatic metal.
A wool tartan runner introduces great texture.
The glazed turquoise plate, purple napkin and minty green eucalyptus put a sophisticated spin on this 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 this simple table setting with elegant flatware, like this traditional silver set with a matte finish and unfussy handles.
In place of a standard tablecloth, layer neutral fabrics with raw edges for a rustic look.
For a fresh take on holiday decorating that’s also budget-friendly, stick to small festive touches. Inject colour with sprigs of greenery on the table and larger evergreen stems on accent tables. Line unscented candle pillars, tapers and tealights throughout.
Pretty pink tableware adds a Victorian vibe.
A custom-made green hutch resides over this pale blue dining room and keeps china handy, perfect for entertaining. The homeowner picked up the Irish lace tablecloth at an antique shop. Through the doorway, the “children’s” tree stands nearly as high as the main staircase.
Candles in holders of varying heights makes a perfect centerpiece.
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.
A restrained holiday palette.
A stunning centerpiece of large silver balls and sprigs of evergreen adds 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.
Classic trim becomes an understated detail when painted.
Smoky green paint lends an earthy feel to this elegant dining room, and transforms the substantial trim into a more subtle textural feature. Framed bird prints suit the natural colour palette perfectly.
A muted monochromatic palette allows the food to take centre stage.
In this country-style dining area, pretty white flowers mimic the delicate pattern in the wallpaper. A weathered wood cabinet with louvered doors and mismatched chairs add character while keeping the space casual.
Footed cake plates make perfect centerpiece pedestals.
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.
Rugged horn-handled serving pieces contrast with silver candlesticks.
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.
Dark, organic-patterned china adds texture and depth against a white table runner and shimmering votive candles.
Place a tiny evergreen seedling at each seat to serve as both a placecard and a thank-you gift for dinner guests. Bundled in black burlap and tied with twine, the offering is a gesture that’s both eco- and economically-friendly.