A Breathtaking Table Setting for the Holidays

December
DIY

There’s nothing more festive than the annual family holiday dinner. Whether your family prefers traditional meaty fare, like turkey and meat pie, or modern vegetarian dishes, this family gathering will bring you much more joy than any present under the tree. Why not celebrate this joyous occasion with a beautiful and seasonal table setting?


Trudy Crane, our interior style expert and the blogger for Looks Like White, shows us how to set the perfect table for the holiday season. Her simple, nature-inspired decorating ideas will help you create the perfect table setting that will enchant your guests just as much as your food will.

Decorate your holiday table with natural elements, such as Eucalyptus and pine branches. For a touch of warmth, replace name tags with personalized gift boxes filled with homemade caramel or cookies.

What you need

  • A string of lights
  • Branches
  • Votive candles
  • White dishes
  • Natural-coloured napkins
  • Brown kraft paper
  • Small boxes
  • String
  • Tags


  1. Lay out a string of lights on the table.
  2. Place branches of Eucalyptus and pine (or any other type of branch, such as boxwood or berries) over the string of lights. Pull the bulbs through the branches so that they are visible.
  3. Insert votive candles within the branches. Make sure that all branches are at a safe distance from the candle flame.
  4. Set the table with bright white dishes and natural-coloured napkins.
  5. Using brown kraft paper, wrap small boxes and tie them with string.
  6. Add a tag with a guest’s name to each box. Place the boxes on the table.
  7. Decorate the boxes with natural elements, such as herbs or eucalyptus leaves.

Folding your napkins just so

Complement your beautiful table with expertly folded linen napkins. Here’s a simple tutorial that will help you impress your guests.
The Cutlery Holder
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    Fold the napkin lengthwise, leaving an inch of space on the bottom.

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    Fold the top half of the cloth down, in two halves.

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    Turn over the napkin, folded side down.

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    Bring one side of the napkin to the middle, crosswise.

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    Cover with the rest of the napkin.

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    Turn over the napkin and slide utensils into the fold.

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    Place your folded napkin on a plate.



The Dinner Roll
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    Fold napkin in half, lengthwise, with the flaps facing you.

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    Fold into a triangle, bringing upper corners to the middle.

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    Fold a bottom corner of the napkin into the middle, forming a square at the bottom.

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    Repeat with the other half.

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    Roll each half of the napkin into the middle, forming two tubes.

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    Wrap with string.

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    Place your folded napkin on a plate. If desired, insert branches or twigs in the string.