If you want a table that is elegant but not fussy, this is the look for you.
Family heirlooms have a place of honor in this style―the older, the better. Mixing and matching hand-me-downs from different periods makes the table unique and meaningful, so feel free to incorporate different patterns and periods.
Bring together the disparate pieces on your table by choosing a color scheme. Here, gold with rust accents (like the napkins)
helps unify the look. At Christmas, opt for napkins in plum.
Any Day napkins, Design Ideas, $13 for 4; 800-426-6394 for stores.
A cross-stitched tablecloth exudes a sense of history, but most of us aren't lucky enough to have inherited one from a talented
relative. Luckily, there are designs on the market that do the job.
Chateau Embroidery tablecloth (60" W × 90" L), $80, and napkins, $5 each, April Cornell; nowdesigns.net for stores.
Use napkins or place mats under your dinner plates to protect your tablecloth from stains (or hide any pre-existing ones).
Hemstitch napkins, $30 for 6; jcp.com.
Avoid delicate or fragile china in favor of a set like this, with enough heft to feel sturdy and a simple raised design for
Harvest-gold dinner plates, $6 each, and salad plates, $5 each; at Pier 1 Imports.
Inject color with tinted glassware.
Amber glass flower bowl, $10, and Gold Luster wineglasses, $8 each; at Pier 1 Imports.
Create two distinct table decorations, one for Thanksgiving and a second for Christmas, using the same basic items.
The pinecone is a quintessential symbol of fall and winter and can be used to decorate the table throughout the holiday season. These place-card holders are easy to make―simply spray the cones with gold paint and let dry, then use a knife or small saw to make a slit in the top tines. Slip a place card into the slit in each pinecone.