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Modern Holiday Table Setting Ideas

Looking to create the perfect holiday table setting? Whether it’s for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or Christmas, our guide to modern table settings is just in time for the holidays.


modern dinnerware starter set.
New Norm Dinnerware Starter Set from Menu

For the base of your holiday place settings, stick with neutral plates, like the New Norm Dinnerware Starter Set in a creamy white. By going neutral, not only will it allow you to mix and match other dinnerware pieces with ease, but the food absolutely pops off of its neutral background.

modern dinnerware set.
New Norm Dinnerware Starter Set from Menu

Better yet, use a large white plate as your base and mix in some soft color, as seen here with the New Norm Dinnerware in smoke and ocean. By incorporating various plates in different colors, it adds interest as well as the distinction between plate uses.

modern bowl and plate set.
Colombina Collection Serving Plate & Colombina Collection Salad Bowl from Alessi

For your accent plates, consider going with a more decorative look to create visual interest. These Colombina Collection Dinnerware accent plates from Alessi provide a break from the traditional, thanks to their sculptural style. The unique shape and nesting design help to keep the Holiday table from looking too cluttered or overcrowded.


modern 16 piece cutlery set.

For flatware, consider sleek modern shapes over ornate styles. This design is fitting for an array of place settings. The matte finish on the Normann Cutlery flatware provides texture while giving your holiday place settings a more casual and contemporary look.


modern set of 4 cocktail glasses.

Whether you’re serving water or wine, a multifunctional glass is a way to go. The Lempi Glasses are arguable the best drinkware you’ll ever find. A casual cup is elevated just so by its stem, helping to kick things up a notch.


modern linen napkins with a decorative clasp.

Finish off the perfect place setting with a linen napkin. These Linen Napkins from Skargaarden are simple and versatile. In white they go with just about any placemat or theme, making them ideal for any of your holiday celebrations.

Candles + Accents

brass circle candle holders.
Circle Candle Holder from Ferm Living

The warm gold of the Brass Circle Candle Holder is useful all year round. While it’s meant as an advent wreath, its modern shape and simple style make it a versatile way to bring candles into your table setting no matter the season.

modern bold and black menorah.

For a modern Hanukkah, the Bold Menorah makes for a dramatic and sculptural centerpiece. It’s jet black coloring in addition to its laser cut details is a chic way to celebrate the Festival of Lights.

modern beaded candle holder.

Spread the joy of the Christmas season with the Gray Candleholder String. Like a string of pearls, its versatile shape can be positioned into endless patterns. When positioned into a circle it can be used as a modern Advent wreath as well.

modern brass tree decoration for the holidays.

Spread a few Winterland Brass Trees among your seasonal table decor for the perfect finishing touch.

flower holder.

Flowers are a classic way to dress a holiday table, but finding the right vase can be challenging. This is the perfect vase to fill with flowers for a holiday centerpiece. Its low profile, as well as its clear class construction, make it ideal for the dinner table. No having to crane your neck over a tall bouquet of flowers.


family ornament for the holidays.

Finish off your holiday tabletop decor with these beautiful ornaments. These Holy Family Ornaments designed by Marcel Wanders are a colorful way to display an unconventional Nativity, while you celebrate the season of Advent.

Porcelain Ornament with gold splash.

Simple yet elegant, these Porcelain Ornaments feature a splash of glittering gold. Whether it’s hanging on a Christmas tree or dotting the table during Thanksgiving, it’ll add contemporary style to any holiday decor.

Dining Table

apex extendable dining table.
Apex Extending Dining Table from TemaHome

While creating a holiday table setting, nothing would be complete without a holiday dining table. An extension dining table, such as the Apex from TemaHome, is great for big get-togethers.


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