Setting a Holiday Table

Setting a holiday table for friends and family to gather around creates a special joy. As the holidays approach, plans form for menus, guest lists and creative ways for setting the holiday table. Living in Southern California allows for expanding the dining room experience to the outdoors, even in the winter. Here, the focus is on combining bucolic pieces with copper ones for a rustic and elegant result. And by the way, it works both indoors and out.

Versatile seating

For starters, consider mixing what would traditionally be used indoors in an outdoor setting. For this table, dining room chairs and a bench from the living room add a bit of elegance to what might otherwise by a completely rustic look.

Purposefully casual

Certainly the details don’t need to be perfect. Hence, leave a table cloth draped down the center of the table a touch wrinkled for a casual feel.

Floral inspiration

Use flowers as a starting point for table setting designs. Flowers like these seeded eucalyptus, cream roses and white lisianthus are easily found at local grocery stores or farmers markets. Clip greens and flowers from your own garden too.

Complementing container

Likewise a favorite vintage oval copper pot becomes a container. The warm copper contrasts with the crisp, clean hues of the flowers. Place on a dark wood bread board and sprinkle a few mini white pumpkins and votive candles around it. Such a subtle way to say Thanksgiving and to still keep it neutral.

Copper details

New and vintage or tarnished and shiny, copper warms up any tablescape and looks super festive next to rustic lanterns. For place settings, top copper chargers with gray and cream plates, a simple gray napkin with a soft lace edge, a casual, gold-rimmed glass and copper flatware.

All styling and photography also by Karen Snyder.

Karen Snyder, WLM Home Editor, is founder and owner of and can be found an Instagram at @sanctuaryhomedecor.


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