Holiday tablescape

'Tis the season to eat, shop and decorate! What better place to combine all three of those than on your dinner table?

Go for a snazzier table this holiday season!

Instead of building an elaborate centerpiece or spending hundreds of dollars on fancy china, stick with this year's dinner table trends, which are simple and classic with a twist of sparkle, glamour and rustic charm. All you need are a few key pieces to bring your dream tablescape to life -- no big wallet or fancy decorator needed!

Whichever trend you pick -- sparkly, classic or rustic -- use pieces you already own and spruce them up for a show stopping (and cheap!) tablescape.

Sparkle and shine with placing glittery Christmas ornaments in a decorative hurricaneSparkle and shine

The key to an elegant dinner table is to keep it simple, yet still incorporate your theme. If you are going with sparkle and shine, choose a few sparkly elements to keep it tasteful. Too much can looked cluttered and cheap. Use glittery votives and crisp white plates with sparkly place cards. For a sparkle themed holiday shoot, Kristi from Luna and Chloe Weddings added a shimmery centerpiece to her table design by placing glittery Christmas ornaments in a decorative hurricane. To keep the look sophisticated, use white linens with metallic napkins with silver and ornate napkin rings. Another way to add some sparkle is to tie some tinsel around your vase or wine glasses.

Classical cottage with solid staples, like gold rimmed plates, solid napkins and a simple place cardClassical

To me, classical dinner settings are sometimes the best. They aren't overly complicated, use simplistic designs and decorative pieces and are easy to alter to fit your personality. Classic dinner settings use solid staples, like gold rimmed plates, solid napkins and a simple place card. Jacin of Lovely Little Details incorporated New England, where she grew up, into her place setting by adding a maple cookie to her holiday dinner table. Elegant touches, like place cards with calligraphy or satin napkins, create a truly memorable experience. If you don't have fancy china, spruce up your dinner plates with holiday patterned place mats, like these from Williams-Sonoma.

Rustic cottage with natural, organic colors and pieces, like freshly picked cotton, garden roses and fresh fruit, or mini pumpkinsRustic cottage

I love the resurgence of the rustic, country cottage look this holiday season! To me, country classic involves really natural, organic colors and pieces, like freshly picked cotton, garden roses and fresh fruit. For a rustic themed dinner table, use mini pumpkins as your place cards and decorate with real (or plastic) leaves for an autumn look. Create a rustic centerpiece by placing sticks, cotton stalks and potpourri plants in a vase with a seasonal colored ribbon on it. Adding wooden decorative pieces, like mini holiday statues and coasters and sticking with white or pale plates and organically colored napkins create the perfect country cottage look!

Create a truly incredible table setting and tablescape this year and leave your friends and family speechless (and thoroughly impressed with your Martha Stewart ingenuity)!

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Comments on "Holiday dinner table trends"

Peggy December 07, 2011 | 2:57 AM

These are all such great table setting ideas! Might have to put a few of the suggestions to good use =)

Maggie @ kitchie coo December 05, 2011 | 3:11 PM

These tables are all so beautiful! I am no good at decorating and need inspiration like this post. Thanks for sharing, I'll be back to use your tips to decorate our holiday table. Thank you!

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