By Mik Hyldebrandt

 

Half the experience of a meal can often be attributed to how well the table is set. Good utensils, a little décor, a few clever details, and a nice presentation of the food can make even the most standard meal come off stellar. Here are a few tips for setting the table for an even more special holiday dinner.

 

Runner for the Money

No need for a full Christmas-themed tablecloth, but a nice little runner with a Holiday motif gives the table structure and a dash of something extra.

Crate and Barrel Winter Sprig Table Runner, $30

 

 

 

 

 

Proper Glassware

Having a glass for both white and red wine adds a touch of elegance to your table setting and signals to guests that they are being treated to several courses of food paired with wine.

Williams-Sonoma Vintner Cabernet and White Wine Glasses, $60 for set of 4 each

 

 

 

 

 

Wow with Water Glasses

An easy way to add a touch of luxury to your table? Use your whiskey cocktail glasses as water glasses!

CB2 Drake Metallic Double Old-Fashioned Glass, $12 each

 

 

 

 

 

For the Little Dab

Napkins are great for adding a color theme to the table, and if you invest in cloth napkins, it adds another element of indulgence to the table. A well-chosen napkin ring will make for a really nice touch as well.

Threshold Red Napkin, 4-pack, $9.50

Pottery Barn Antler Napkin Ring, Set of 4, $25

 

 

 

 

In Your Place

For the extra detail-oriented, you can add place cards in themed place card holders – this signals that you have thought about how to seat guests to ensure the best possible flow of the evening.

Pier 1 Imports Placard Holder, Set of 4, $11

 

 

 

 

 

Setting the Mood

A candle-lit supper doesn’t require elaborate candelabras – little sparkly tea lights will definitely do the trick and even add a little dazzle.

West Elm Mercury Tea Lights, Set of 6, $29

 

 

 

 

 

 

Served Right

You don’t need a full set of serving trays and bowl to wow your guests. A single, decorative serving bowl for the main dish will look appetizing on its own.

Crate and Barrel Keaton Oval Serving Bowl, $25

 

 

 

 

 

The Plush Life

If you’re in the mood for something a little more elaborate for the festive meal, consider wrapping the chairs in holiday-themed bows. It certainly extends the feeling of lavishness.

Bad Bath & Beyond Lenox Holiday Nouveau Chair Bows, Set of 2, $30