Simple sophistication is the hallmark of this look. Start with white dishes and add color with a solid tablecloth. Incorporate clear glass, as well as silver and gold serving pieces, to keep the feeling light.
Don't get fooled into believing that formal pieces are more pricey. A versatile set of plain white dishes can be inexpensive. Or look for bargain styles that are a bit more festive, like these plates, which are adorned with a delicate vine pattern in gold.