Previous Next
  • Go to First Slide
  • Pause
  • Play
  • Go to Last Slide

Setting the Table for the Holidays

When it comes to setting the table for the holidays, we at Pottery Barn have you covered. We offer a wide selection of decor in traditional holiday colors and featuring beloved holiday characters so you can have your table top looking festive and stunning. Whether you’re hosting a Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah party, a proper table setting enhances your formal or casual theme. Keep your table settings simple for dinner parties by minimizing the utensils, glassware, and holiday dinnerware. Don’t set out a plethora of utensils unless your guests will need them during the course of the meal. This simple backdrop allows your guests to feel comfortable when enjoying your dishes while also creating space for striking decor.

Once you’ve selected the essential utensils and plates, you can dress up your table with beautiful holiday glassware. For juice, use clear glass tumblers featuring string lights and Christmas symbols. For a formal table setting, etched wine glasses depicting snowflakes, reindeer and pine trees add a subtle yet festive touch to your tabletop. You can even make cocktails and wine bottles more festive with jingle bell stoppers and penguin cocktail shakers. Get creative and adorn your festive glassware with holiday-inspired cocktails featuring ingredients, such as gingerbread and mint.

Setting the table for your holiday meals means more than just picking out dishes and glassware. Tie your designs together and protect your tabletop from spills with holiday table linens. Sometimes, no intricate or fancy designs are needed and it’s simply all about color. Choose table runners and cloth napkins in bright, solid colors to enliven your dining room. Opt for colors like bright red and green for Christmas or blue, silver and white for a Hanukkah feast. In addition to tablecloths, runners and napkins, matching placemats are a welcome idea for your holiday table. Either mix colors for a contrasting look or match everything together for a polished, cohesive appearance.

Once you have your essential table items selected, you can focus on brightening things up with decor. Warm up your dining table with holiday candles and candleholders that bring you joy. Our variety of flameless candle options produces an ambient glow with extra safety, making them ideal for dinners and homes with small children. Candleholders featuring antlers are a suitable match for rustic decor while glitter candles add a contemporary touch. For holidays such as Thanksgiving and Halloween that are strongly connected to nature, opt for candles and holders featuring leaf shapes to reflect the harvest theme.

You can even use wreaths and garlands to dress up your holiday dining table. Add a wreath to the center of your table and adorn the middle with pillar candles in various sizes for a dimensional look. For buffet-style holiday dinners, add a lit garland to your food display that illuminates each delicious dish and drenches it in holiday spirit. Go for glamour with glitter garlands and wreaths that are ideal for silvery Hanukkah celebrations or opt for berry, pine and pinecone garlands for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Round out an evening of holiday entertaining with coffee mugs and teacups that guests can cozy up with. Featuring shapes like Santa Claus, snowmen and reindeer, these holiday staples are ideal for enjoying hot chocolate. You can even complete your table settings with matching salt and pepper shakers with holiday designs. Stags and snowmen allow guests to add extra spice and salt to their roasted turkey or ham in festive fashion. For a rustic, cabin look, opt for mugs featuring plaid details and make each guest feel extra special by serving their beverages in monogrammed mugs.

Warehouse Sale Up to 75% Off
Up to 50% Off Bedroom Event
Up to 30% Off Dining Furniture
20% Off Duvets
Up to 30% Off Home Office
Up To 40% Off Chandeliers & Lighting
30% Off Decorative Pumpkins
Up to 40% Off Rugs
20% Off Pumpkin & Sunflower Pillows
20% Off + Free Shipping Stockings, Tree Skirts & More
Up to 25% Off Drapes & Shades
Up to 75% Off Outdoors
Game Tables