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3 Quick and Easy Holiday Table Settings

Our ideas for table top decor span the holiday season by using the same basic china and flatware, and mixing them with additional pieces.

The result is three distinct looks to take you from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve and every holiday party in between.

Golden Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving has one of the prettiest color schemes. This Thanksgiving, create a table setting that plays off the rich colors of the season, and keeps your dinner table classy and sophisticated. Follow these tips and hints to make your table a true Thanksgiving spectacle!

Mix plates: Add an eclectic element to your tabletop by using a mixture of plates. Place a maize colord salad plate atop a large, white dinner plate

Placemats: Find festive, vintage placemats. Althought these might take some time to locate, they will totally be worth the work and investment.

Glassware: Vintage glassware and goblets add a chic and bohemiam flare to your Thanksgiving display. If you can, try buying amber colored glassware. This color will go great with the aforementioned, maize colored salad plates.

Napkin Ring: Color comes in through the off-beat handmade napkin ring holding a harvest plaid napkin.

Glimmering pumpkin: A dressed up pumpkin centerpiece keeps everything from going too casual.

Modern Black and White Holiday Table

Perfect for a formal holiday dinner, this table setting is mostly traditional with platinum china and crystal glasses.

Using a classic china pattern along with a dramatic black and white color scheme sets the stage for many different holiday looks. A simple, yet glamorous place card makes it perfect for a fancy New Year's Eve party. To make it work for other holidays, add a colored charger, switch out the sparkly flower or take advantage of festive holiday table centerpieces.

Festive Christmas Place Setting

Red polka-dot fabric (used as a table cloth) provides the playful backdrop for this Christmas table setting.

Though not intended for a formal dinner, the place setting still uses a traditional cup-and-saucer along with basic flatware. It breaks tradition with a modern square dinner plate, a plain white napkin tied loosely with ribbon and a hand-painted glass that also brings in additional holiday color.

In lieu of a placecard, a monogram Christmas ornament uses the first initial of each guest to identify his or her seat, and they can serve as party favors.

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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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