Setting a Merry Holiday Table

Setting a Merry Holiday Table

Setting a Merry Holiday Table


People who are probably feasting on fruitcake, egg nog, and cookies


Everyone's gathering around the table for feasting (probably far too much feasting) in the coming weeks, and Orlando Soria came up with his final holiday handbook, focusing in on that special part of the home.

Photos by Tessa Neustadt.

The holidays… It’s a time for togetherness. And gifts. And eating WAY too much and then feeling so disgusting that the only thing you can do to feel better is eat even more. And more gifts. And maybe some familial drinking. And then all of a sudden, you’re having a sing-off with your grandmother to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas.” But before everyone comes over to your home for those cozy togetherness feelings, you’ve thoroughly prepared your home. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care. You’ve chosen your holiday color palette. And of course, you’ve made your giant pom-pom tree of joy. Essentially, you’ve listened to everything I’ve been saying for the last couple weeks. Because you’re smart. But there’s one thing you probably haven’t tended to this holiday season: your table.

And this overlooked part of your holiday decor is essential, because you know what people will be doing while they’re gobbling up honey-baked ham? They will be judging your dining table. This is why the holidays are an especially important time to step up your table setting game. This means a few things. Firstly, no disposable plates and cutlery (unless you’re serving a group of 20 or more), no paper napkins (we’ve already killed enough trees for decoration), and no plastic cups. Okay, so basically no disposable anything. The only thing that should be disposable at your holiday dinner party are your terrible, holiday-related jokes.

Check out how to make your table shine as bright as your tree in the gallery.

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