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Our Art Director's Tips for Easy Holiday Table Styling

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We love everything about the holiday season: the decor, the entertaining, the cooking and baking, and the presents. We've partnered with Bloomingdale's to bring you tips for how to holiday in style, from home decorating pointers to stylish tricks to the tools you need to pull off the holidays with ease.

The key to a gorgeous, relaxed, and welcoming holiday table is to utilize celebratory decor that is naturally beautiful and unique. Handmade dinnerware and serveware, gleaming handblown glassware, and soft rumpled linens feel luxurious but not stuffy. A tumble of seasonal fruit, winding foliage, and a touch of something sparkly adds warmth and interest.

Here’s what I look for when selecting pieces for a holiday table:

Table Decor

I find the most beautiful way to decorate for the holidays is to bring nature indoors with seasonal fruits, vegetables, and foliage. Here I tumbled tiny apples, pears, winding bittersweet, and gilded walnuts for a touch of glamour.

When all the right pieces come together, they make a glamorous, cozy, nature-loving table.
When all the right pieces come together, they make a glamorous, cozy, nature-loving table. Photo by Bobbi Lin

Handmade Dinnerware

Like Food52 Dinnerware by Jono Pandolfi

I like this dinnerware because it's handmade, so it feels special enough for a holiday table. At the same time, the plates and bowls have a substantial feel, so they don't seem too precious for your guests to be able to relax at the table.

Handmade yet refined, sturdy yet elegant—perfectly balanced for whatever your tablescape aesthetic.
Handmade yet refined, sturdy yet elegant—perfectly balanced for whatever your tablescape aesthetic. Photo by Bobbi Lin

Functional Centerpiece Platters

Like this Handmade Round Platter with Lace Detail

I love this platter because of the refined shape and beautiful detailing on the inside. The platter's lace motif is a lovely canvas for a simple but elegant centerpiece. As serveware, this platter's “blate” shape (bowl-plus-plate) makes for the perfect passing piece, managing to contain even the tumbliest salad.

Watercress Salad with Shallot-Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Watercress Salad with Shallot-Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Glasses that Twinkle

Like Simon Pearce x Food52 Apprentice Glassware

Each crystal-clear handblown glass adds a unique sparkle to your table.

Cocktails? Wine? Seltzer? These glasses can handle it all.
Cocktails? Wine? Seltzer? These glasses can handle it all. Photo by Bobbi Lin

Beautiful (But Not Precious) Serveware

Like this Simple Brass Serving Set

What can I say, these are both beautiful and functional—a holiday win!

Oh you fancy, huh salad?
Oh you fancy, huh salad? Photo by James Ransom

Rumpled Napkins

Like these Stonewashed Linen Napkins in Flax

These beautifully rumpled napkins are a key accessory for your perfectly imperfect holiday table.

In natural linen or colors, these napkins really tie the table together.
In natural linen or colors, these napkins really tie the table together. Photo by James Ransom

Mismatched Vintage Flatware

Incorporated into an elegant set like American-Made Woodstock 5-Piece Flatware Set

I like to mix and match flatware designs so that each place setting feels unique. Add in a couple of vintage pieces with your swanky set for delightful variation.

Mix and match to tablescape heaven.
Mix and match to tablescape heaven.

We've partnered with Bloomingdale's to bring you tips for how to holiday in style, from home decorating pointers to stylish tricks to the tools you need to pull off the holidays with ease. For more holiday entertaining inspiration and style, check out our Food52 x Bloomingdale’s holiday collaboration.

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