Out-of-the-Box Table Setting Ideas for the Holidays

Out-of-the-Box Table Setting Ideas for the Holidays

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Cara Gibbs
Nov 12, 2016
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Sure, we think "less is more" can be incredibly lovely, but it has its place. Sometimes, a table calls for more and more…and more. We are always in awe of those that can pull off that ultra-layered look with effortless grace and sophistication. Here, we've pulled together inspirations from tastemakers who have created tables that embrace a maximalist aesthetic. These collected beauties prove the possibilities to be endless when it comes to what you can put on the table. From Kelly Wearstler's esoteric objets to Justina Blakeney's petite cacti, these tables have left us hungry for seconds.

Above: An array of mismatched bronze candlesticks (some set atop mirrored trays), deep blue glass, scattered greens and varied plates set the scene for a relaxed yet stylish dinner party, via Elle Decoration.

(Image credit: Sugar and Charm)

Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm held nothing back when assembling this fall tablescape. Layered with blooms upon blooms, white pumpkins, stacked settings and hefty trays of scrumptious charcuterie, this is accoutrement-overload at its best.

(Image credit: Sarah Sherman Samuel)

Here's a peek at the perfect picnic put together by the always-on-point Sarah Sherman Samuel, where speckled plates meet marbled plates meet two-toned wood chargers, and a cascading centerpiece spills onto each setting.

(Image credit: 100 Layer Cake)

Layered settings, copper and gold accents, cascading flora, pears and greens leave little left to want on this tasteful table from 100 Layer Cake.

(Image credit: Emily Henderson)

Emily Henderson likes to get personal with her tablescapes, blanketing this one with images of her family from Tiny Prints. She kept her pictures black and white and punched up the color scheme with varying shades of of blue, soft pink tulips, a natural wood serving tray, strewn about metallic ornaments and brushed gold flatware. We'll have seconds of this one!

(Image credit: The Wedding Scoop)

Lots of layering was the key to success on this well-appointed tablescape found on The Wedding Scoop. Breadsticks, grapes, candles and cocktail napkins all played a vital role in setting the table for a visual feast.

(Image credit: Vogue)
(Image credit: Vogue)

The master of more is more, Kelly Wearstler entertains fashion's elite with a ramped up table for Vogue, filled with so much more than just food. In fact, forget food all together— this table is for accessories.

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The more the merrier: Pattern and texture collide with food and flowers to create this exciting scene, from Real Simple.

(Image credit: 100 Layer Cake)

It's no secret that Justina Blakeney lives in a plant-infused world, her table settings included. Here, the Jungalow queen devised this table for Wedding Paper Divas (via 100 Layer Cake), where she covered a boho chic woven runner with an imposing arrangement of happy-hued florals met by simply stacked dished. And in true Justina form, a welcoming cactus or succulent awaits each guest.

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