Two different holidays, two different seasons—and two very different table settings. It's easier than it looks. With basic white dinnerware and a handful of interchangeable seasonal details, you can take your table all the way from harvest to holiday. Here's how:
Run with it.
If you've ever spent a frantic pre-party afternoon ironing a tablecloth, there's good news: A seasonal table runner in rich autumn tones delivers all of the punch with none of the pain.
Run with it, part II.
Remember that easy yet high-impact harvest table runner? (Look left.) Switching to a cheery holiday design is an equally easy, equally high-impact update for Christmas.
Go a little nuts.
Mother Nature redecorates every season. Why can't you? Scatter colorful leaves—real or faux— around your table, along with a few one-of-a-kind fall accent pieces and gem mixes.
They're not just for doors anymore. Welcome everyone to the table with a Yuletide wreath.
A golden glow.
You know how it looks in the late afternoon when the autumn sun gives off that soft, warm glow? Pure, natural beauty. Kinda like the perfect glass hurricane or a jeweled lantern.
Bold and classic, the right glass hurricane can be a centerpiece all by itself, whether filled with a colorful candle or, say, piled high with glass ornaments.
The building blocks.
White porcelain dinnerware and serving pieces go with everything: table linens, centerpieces, seasonal decorations, even other dinnerware patterns. Whatever you dish out, these brilliant pieces can take it.
Dish up some color.
Mix basic white dinnerware with colorful holiday plates or any patterned pieces in holiday hues for an instant change of season. Goodbye harvest, hello jolly.
Warm and toasty.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with a friendly toast. Pair your most colorful stemware with a favorite drink and you're golden.
Off the hook.
And onto the table. Placecard holders can be a special touch that can get the dinner conversation started. And after dinner? They make great party favors.