There’s something to be said for holiday traditions — I know Christmas wouldn’t be the same without my mom’s cow-shaped gravy boat and my grandma’s delicate china. However, the old standbys can get a bit tired…and maybe I have spilled gravy on the tablecloth a few too many times. Time for a style upgrade!
Seeking tabletop inspiration, I reached out to some of my favorite stylists and lifestyle gurus to learn how they approach holiday entertaining. Needless to say, each of their ideas was totally different — and decidedly untraditional. Learn how these creatives mix unexpected textures, colors and materials to create styles that are distinctly their own — and shop each look below.
Shop the Look: Golden Geometry plate and gold lip tray by Up in the Air Somewhere, $42; breakfast appetizer plate in white and gold by Susan Gordon Pottery, $26; vintage glasses and pitcher from Liquorary, shop similar.
Designer and artist Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow: “We like to mix things up during the holidays. I love traditional foods — potato latkes, panettone, and cranberry sauce are forever favorites — but when it comes to how we decorate for the holidays, tradition kinda flies out the window! We are all about making our home festive and fun — and that might mean that we’re using pineapples instead of pines, tropical leaves instead of turkeys, and serapes instead of bobbles and bows. It’s about what makes our home feel festive to us.”
Shop the Look: Rustic cloth napkins from Lakeshore Linens, $7; recycled leather and brass napkin rings by Blisscraft and Brazen, $27 for a set of 4; papel picado save the date by JP Stationery, $1.50; customized papel picado flags by Lula Flora, $35; oversized tassels from Woman Shops World, from $11.50 for 3; loteria paper gift tags from My Mercado, from $15 for a set of 25.
HonestlyWTF Executive Editor Erica Chan Coffman: “This year’s holiday table was inspired by Mexico, one of the most vibrantly diverse countries in the world; the vintage terra cotta pottery, handmade ceramic plates, rich leather details and bespoke paper goods were all sourced from Etsy. I hope that my approach might inspire you to try something untraditional, because difference makes us!“
Shop the Look: White ceramic dinnerware set by Taglia Ferro Ceramics, $97; oatmeal heirloom napkins by Celina Mancurti, $48 for a set of four; pale gray silk table runner by Pom Pom Blossom, from $30 per meter; ceramic spoons by Avesha Michael, $54 for a set of two; glass geometric candle holders by Waen, $60 for a set of two small holders and $55 for one large holder; ceramic vase by Avesha Michael, $85; hammered brass bowl by ME Speak Designs, $155; vintage pink depression glass coupes from Hip and Crafty, $25; vintage brass deer candlesticks from Gizmo and HooHa, shop similar.
Stylist and recipe developer Beth Kirby of Local Milk: “When people ask me where I source goods for my home, Etsy has always been my answer. So many of my table settings are a familiar mix of handmade ceramics, natural linen, vintage brass flatware, florals and foraged bits, delicate glassware, and handmade accents in copper, brass, and clay.”
Rose and Gold
Shop the Look: Gold and gray marble-patterned placemats by Mulberry Paper and More, $26 for a set of 30; pink depression glass coupes from House of Andaloo, $80 for a set of four; white and gold serving platter by Stuck in the Mud Pottery, $80; dip-dyed tea towel by Darci Towns, $24; white matte stoneware bowl and large dinner plate by Vitreous Wares, $40 for the bowl and $50 for the plate.
Crafter and celebrations expert Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day: “My mom used to set the table for a really fancy holiday meal every year. Now I do the same for my little family.”