To me, the easiest way to be festive is to incorporate color. A little bit can go a long way, and you can always tweak traditional holiday palettes.
1. Appetizer plate by Ceramica Botanica, $27
2. Red and White Striped Linen Runner & Napkins by LinenByInga, $158.87
3. Elf Candleholders from CB2, $5.95
4. Marimekko Vattenblänk Tray from Finn Style, $75
5. Set of 20 Marimekko Lumimarja Paper Napkins from Crate & Barrel, $6.75
6. Egg Press Square Dessert Plates from West Elm, $8
7. Set of 4 Reversible Cloth Napkins by Too Cute, $24
8. Set of 4 Latte Bowls from Anthropologie, $20
9. Kamala Dessert Plates from Anthropologie, $12
10. Dot Punch Blue Runner from CB2, $19.95
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