5 Modern Tips for Styling a Holiday Table With a Twist

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Red and green might be the traditional color palette of choice, but when it comes to dressing the holiday table, we’re partial to a snowy arrangement in white. With a fresh palette in mind for this season’s celebratory dinner, we turned to Lenox to help us put a monochromatic twist on the traditional winter tablescape. When matched with wispy florals and modern tapers, Lenox’s Chelse Muse collection in Scallop and Fleur White makes crafting an unexpected seasonal tabletop easy.  

The one thing we love most about this white-on-white scene? The lace detailing of the layered dishware. Subtle texture and voluminous blooms set the tone for a light and breezy ambience—the secret ingredient any good holiday dinner party needs. Keep reading for our five tips for re-creating this luxe look at home. 

Photography by Cody Guilfoyle

Repurpose Leftover Dishes

Instead of returning surplus dishes back to the kitchen cabinet, employ them elsewhere on the table. We used the Fleur Dinner and Accent Plates as a substitute for serving trays—a trick that comes in handy when you have little room left for bulky platters. As spare vessels for florals, the Scallop All-Purpose Bowls can be mixed right in alongside your go-to vases. The result is a cohesive centerpiece that feels fresh and perfectly festive.

Photography by Cody Guilfoyle

Bring on the Baby’s Breath

Channel the snowfall outside with baby’s breath. Given its inherent lightness, this delicate floral creates an instant sense of volume while picking up on the lace-like pattern of the plates with its wispy movement. What’s more is that you can pull off this high-impact moment on a low budget—we snagged our three bunches for just under $25!

Photography by Cody Guilfoyle

Play Up Pattern With the Tablecloth

A simple hemstitch tablecloth serves as a solid base for the embossed dishware and helps tie the arrangement together, creating yet another layer of dimension. The overlapping arches and floral motifs of the Scallop Accent and Dinner Plates are accentuated by the equally delicate openwork of the backdrop beneath.

Photography by Cody Guilfoyle

Break Up the Ornate With Modern Shapes

Striking a harmonious balance on the table can be tough, especially when you’re working within a singular color palette. When keeping with one hue, play up the difference by experimenting with opposing styles. Refined glassware and sculptural vessels provide a sleek counterpoint for the ornate detailing of the plates, while gold-plated flatware brings a festive shimmer.

Finish With Found Objects

Once the plates have been laid and the centerpieces set, it’s time to serve up a dose of personality. Pepper the table with meaningful pieces and found objects—like sandy-colored rocks from your travels or metallic candlesticks of various heights. Use this as an opportunity to share what matters most to you with holiday dinner guests.

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See more table decorating ideas: 

Impress Your Dinner Guests in the Most Maximalist Way

12 Must-Try Winter Table Setting Ideas

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