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How to Design a Festive Holiday Table Experience

December 4, 2020

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The holiday season will be a bit different this year — from where and how we celebrate to who we are celebrating with. We have been busy thinking about how to create meaningful and festive gatherings centered around a special, extended, holiday-themed table.

In this guide, we provide ideas for how you can turn your holiday table into a thoughtful gathering place where your friends and family can enjoy time together whether in person or virtual. In fact, you might have more people at your table than ever before!

Thinking about what to buy the people on your list this year?

Gifts for the holiday table are a great place to start. Buy one for you, and one for someone attending in person or virtually!

Dinner table utensils

Explore designs for your holiday table

Share the idea with friends and family or send items as gifts

Farmhouse Chic

This popular, chic yet homey, rustic look can be achieved by using a simple and neutral color palette of whites, greys and beiges, and decorating the table with elements from nature like pinecones and simple greenery combined with place settings of earthenware, pottery and clear or mercury glass.

Explore ways to create an extended holiday table in the Modern Farmhouse style with centerpieces and accessories to tie the whole look together.

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Personalized Hurricane
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DIY Tabletop Tree
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Classic Sophistication

Classic Sophistication

There is nothing more elegant than a refined holiday table. Stick to a classic, crisp white tablecloth and accessorize with red roses, poinsettias and holly. Long candles and crystal stemware set the tone for a special gathering.

Take a look at how you might create this class look table with red and white centerpieces and elegant elements that will bring it all together.

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Puzzle cutting board
Puzzle Cutting Board
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Fun & Festive

Fun & Festive

The possibilities are endless — so have some fun with the holiday table this year, mixing bright colors with iconic elements such as candy canes, reindeer ornaments, and Christmas tree candles. It will be the most memorable winter wonderland ever seen!

Have a great time planning your holiday table in this look. Nothing is off limits when the goal is to have fun. Bring out some of your old holiday decor favorites and combine them with some new festive new items and Santa himself just might want to join you!

Winter Blues

Winter Blues

Appropriate for Hanukkah or Christmas (or anytime, for that matter), blue is a beautiful color for a winter table. Dress your table up or down with a base of white with royal or midnight blue accents and a dash of silver sparkle. Add a string of white lights to your centerpiece to get that holiday glow.

Get the right kind of “holiday blues” for your table. Start with one iconic element –whether it be the flower arrangement or plates and work out from there. See how each member in your group adds their personal touch to the concept. It’s something that might even be fun to talk about during your special meal!

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Snowflake plates
Snowflake Plates
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White gardenia plant
White Gardenia
Food on table

Gather around the holiday table

Invite your friends and family to your virtual, extended table

Plan a foolproof holiday gathering with these tools and tips


Plan the gathering

Decide on your participant list, your theme, and your menu

Table setting


Choose your activities

How will you spend your time together?

  • Organize a Secret Santa swap using Elfster
  • Try out some great conversation starters with Table Topics, a set of cards with lots of subjects to talk about at the dinner table
  • Create the playlist: We all have our family favorites. Collaborate on a family holiday Spotify playlist with all of those special songs you love to hear


Choose your tech

Here are some of our favorite tools for connecting remotely:

Skype can host up to 50 people and has no time limit on calls

Free for a basic plan but only allows for 40-minute calls. Upgrade for unlimited participants and call time.

If you all have Apple devices, you are in luck. You can FaceTime up to 32 devices!

Google Hangouts
Allowing 25 connected Google users, Hangouts makes it easy to connect with people via talk, text, or video.

Our Top Game Picks

Nothing says “holiday” more than games around the table! Here are some links to great games you can play virtually!

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