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Dining In, In Style: 5 Inspiring Holiday Tablescape Ideas

It’s obvious by now that holiday celebrations during COVID look mighty different than years past. But, even without large gatherings of family and friends, you can still make your home feel cheerful and festive this holiday season.

One great way to do that? Getting intentional about your holiday dinner place settings and table decorations! We’re making our holiday meals feel extra special by creating a thoughtful holiday tablescape. Just because you aren’t hosting guests doesn’t mean you can’t make your table settings and centerpiece feel merry and bright, right??

Read one for seven holiday dinner table ideas and holiday hosting tips for intimate gatherings. They’ll delight and inspire you, whether you’re flying solo this holiday season, celebrating with your partner or roommates, or if you have an immediate household that will be gathering around the table.

 

Setting Something Special

When setting your table for your big holiday meal, give each place setting a little something special. A surprise at each place setting offers an element of excitement and thoughtfulness to your holiday table. You can either do the same thing at each place setting or give a unique gift to each person at the table.

Need some ideas? Perhaps an ornament each person can hang on the tree and keep for years to come. Maybe a simple stocking stuffer or a favorite candy, tucked inside a mini stocking or a clear plastic tree ornament! We also love some simple greenery with a name card or petite candles they can burn later. You can really do anything that’s small and feels festive and charming!

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Let Your Light Shine

For casual dining settings, try creating a centerpiece with an assortment of your favorite candles for added warmth. Create visual interest by mixing candles of different heights and shapes. An added bonus? They’re not just for the holidays! You can keep these up into the New Year and throughout the winter for continued brightness and cheer around the table!

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Keep it Simple

Have a teeny table in a dining nook? Go simple with your Christmas table decorations. We love using small wreaths as a simple centerpiece. They look (and smell!) festive on their own—but you can also throw a few candles in the center for a lively and bright Christmas centerpiece for an intimate holiday gathering! A lower centerpiece like this in a small dining nook doesn’t take up a ton of space, and it really elevates the look of your tablescape.

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The Case for the Coffee Table

This one might be one of our favorite Christmas table setting ideas for 2020. If you’re flying solo or celebrating the holidays with just one other person, embrace the different year and gather around your coffee table for dinner instead! This small and intimate tablescape is perfect for those who are video calling other members of their family or enjoying a virtual cocktail hour with friends. A coffee table also allows you tons of space to spread out a family-style dinner or charcuterie board! Add festive touches around your coffee table—like seasonal foliage, candles, and cozy pillows and throws!

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A Formal Affair for Just a Few

Miss hosting large gatherings and want to create a more formal tablescape even though it’ll just be your immediate family around the table? We get it—and just because you have a smaller group this year doesn’t mean you can’t go all out with some stunning holiday decor ideas! And pulling it off is quite simple. Showcase a few of your favorite decorative objects (such as vases or nutcrackers) at the center of the table. Then, add in seasonal greenery to create contrast and add a bit of festive color and texture.

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Sprinkling Festive Decor Throughout the Room

Not super into ornate or complicated tablescapes? You can always skip the holiday tablescape and instead introduce other elements of holiday or winter decor into your dining room. We love the idea of setting up a small tree in your dining room, or hanging your stockings into this area to help spread holiday cheer throughout your whole home! (Check out our holiday lookbook for more fun decor ideas.)

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Unexpected and Understated

Ok, so we may have highlighted this look for our Thanksgiving tablescape ideas earlier this fall. But we think it’s still relevant for Christmas! After all, just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you have to decorate your dining room in reds and greens. If understated, neutral, and timeless is your vibe, try going neutral with your decor. Opt for marble or stoneware vases with unexpected foliage. Then sprinkle in bits of cream, grey, and green to create contrast. (But with the green, opt for something other than winter greenery—like a bowl of fruit—to keep things unexpected and understated.)

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Introducing Our 2020 Holiday Decor Lookbook

The holiday season will inevitably look different this year, with fewer (if any) holiday parties, and family gatherings being limited. But that doesn’t mean the season has to be devoid of holiday cheer! In fact, we say that it’s all the more reason to go all out on decor this year, and make our homes a place of joy and delight!

Bringing our community joy through design is always something we strive for at Modsy. And, this holiday season, finding a little extra joy at home is especially important. But, with the world feeling out of control, decorating for the holidays might feel like one more overwhelming thing on your to-do list.

Within this lookbook, you’ll discover three holiday looks: our Hygge Collection, our Traditional Charm Collection, and our Glitz + Glam Collection. Each look includes five decor packs—pillows, wall art, mantel decor, coffee table decor, and textiles—that you can easily layer onto any space and get a fresh look for the season! With these holiday decor ideas, it will be like hitting the “easy” button and instantly adding cozy cheer to your space!

We hope you love these looks as much as we enjoyed pulling them together. Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season!

Who doesn’t love browsing a holiday catalog? Consider this our digital take, full of all of our favorite holiday decor trends. (Bonus: Many of these items are seasonless and can be used in your home throughout the year. Score!)

Flip through our Holiday Lookbook to see our three holiday looks along with the curated decor packs in each look. See something you love? You can shop directly from the lookbook with just a click! And you can purchase everything—no matter the mix of brands—through your Modsy shopping cart for a simple, streamlined checkout.

Explore Our Holiday Decor Collections

Want to dig a little deeper into our three holiday collections and get some holiday decorating tips? Look no further. Our three looks—Hygge, Traditional Charm, and Glitz + Glam—cover a range of styles. They all have a trendy, of-the-moment twist, while still being effortlessly approachable. And comfort is at the heart of all three looks—which is something we all need from our homes right now!

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The Hygge Collection

Our Hygge Collection will bring loads of warmth and comfort to your home. Hygge is a Danish word for a feeling of coziness and comfort. It’s a concept that’s all about embracing life’s simple pleasures, which promote feelings of well-being and contentment. In decor, a Hygge design style is all about coziness, comfort, and warmth. That’s why this collection is full of plush materials like velvets, furs, and chunky knits. We’ve layered all of these plush pieces together with organic shapes and natural materials for your coziest winter yet.

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The Key Elements of Hygge Style

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Layers of Texture

A layered look is key to acing this style. So, pile on the pillows and textiles! We’ve curated the perfect mix to make layering effortless. You can pick and choose one or two of your favorite pieces—or go for the full pack! The key here is choosing pillows with a mix of different materials, which adds depth and contrast. It ensures you have a space that’s perfect for snuggling up all winter long!

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A High-Contrast Neutral Palette

A neutral color scheme is key to pulling off a Hygge look. It helps create calm and cozy vibes in your space. But bringing in high-contrast elements helps energize the look and add a little bit of drama. And don’t forget to add a few pops of greenery or leather to give your Hygge home some extra warmth!

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A Sense of Cozy Calm

Cozy calm is what this style is really all about. Lean into this sensibility with more pared-back styling. Other than your cozy textiles, keep things simple with just a few candles to help set the mood. (Is there anything cozier than sitting under a blanket, with a favorite beverage and book in hand, basking in flickering candlelight??)

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The Traditional Charm Collection

Get festive with a classic array of reds, plaids, and seasonal greenery. Our Traditional Charm collection is all about indulging in nostalgic comforts and your warmest holiday memories. That’s why we incorporated some Christmas decor classics in this look—a red color scheme, pine garlands, reindeer—but gave it a modern twist with some high-contrast moments throughout the collection.

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The Key Elements of Traditional Style

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Nostalgic Patterns

Who says you can’t mix different plaid patterns? If you’re going for a classic holiday look, we’re all about that plaid on plaid. These various plaid patterns evoke a feeling of being at grandma’s house during the holidays. Plaid decor is comforting and creates a very inviting look. Go for more of a classic holiday look with a traditional palette of cherry reds—or deviate from the norm with a mix of non-traditional colors!

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A Twist on Classic Holiday Motifs

This look has traditional style at its roots—but we’ve given it a 2020 spin. Find holiday decoration motifs like reindeers and sleds but in more subtle forms that can be on display all winter long.

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The Glitz + Glam Collection

Wrap your home in luxurious materials, bold jewel tones, and metallic shine. Our Glitz and Glam Collection will instantly infuse your space with chic but playful elegance. This take on holiday decor 2020 is far from traditional—kind of like this whole year. We like the idea of going for something unexpected this holiday season, with a more indulgent spin on comfort.

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The Key Elements of Glam Style

Moody Jewel Tones

A moody palette of rich jewel tones is definitely a different take on holiday decorating—but one that feels no less festive. This rich and luxurious color palette manages to feel both cozy and indulgent. Opting for jewel tones with earthy undertones keeps the look feeling festive and fresh.

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A Bit of Sparkle

Metallics bring a definite sense of holiday festiveness! Gold and silver accents make this look shine, and contemporary Christmas decorations like these milk glass trees and starburst mirrors give the holidays a modern twist. This is also a look that can easily stretch into the new year—which is great if you want your decor to last beyond the winter holidays.

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Luxurious Textures

Velvet on velvet? We say yes. Embracing the velvet decor trend is the perfect way to up the glam factor in your space. This material has a bit of shine and reflects light—which is perfect for winter months. But don’t stop at velvet! Layer in faux fur throws and even a sheepskin rug for extra cozy and chic warmth.

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5 Holiday Color Palettes We Love (That aren’t red and green)

unique holiday decor ideasThe holiday season is upon us! If you haven’t already, it’s time to break out the festive holiday decor — and feel free to get as *extra* as you like! The days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve are the one time that it’s completely acceptable to layer on the glitz and glam and get cheesy festive. So we say embrace the season!

However, this year we’re shaking things up a bit. Rather than sticking with the typical reds and greens for Christmas or blues and whites for Hanukkah, we’re playing with some unexpected—but equally festive—color combos.

Want to join the fun? Keep reading for five unique and unexpected color palettes to inspire your holiday decorating.

holiday decorating1. Blush, Blue, and Gold

Blue and white is the classic color combo for Hanukkah. We wanted to warm up the palette by subbing out white for blush and gold. It still feels festive and seasonal but has a warmer and more inviting feeling while offering an unexpected twist.

Why We Love It

Gold is endlessly festive and celebratory, and the combo of blue and blush has a cozy flair. But we really love that this is a color combo that can be embraced year-round. All you have to do is add a Christmas tree, a menorah, or a few festive accents to make this color combo holiday-ready.

It’s perfect for…

Glam or classic interiors. However, if you celebrate Christmas you can even pair it with a white tree to embrace a super mod look.

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boho holiday decor2. Sage with Natural Textures

We love the idea of taking the traditional green of the holidays and diluting it down to a subtle sage. Then, pile on the natural textures! For this look, you’ll want to keep the rest of your decor in a more neutral palette so that the patterns and textures can shine.

Why We Love It

You may not think of natural textures when you think of the holidays. But they have an inherently cozy vibe, making them a perfect thing to focus in on during the holidays. When paired with sage—which is not only a lovely shade of green but an herb we love using for cooking this time of year—you have a look that feels festive and welcoming.

It’s perfect for…

Those who love a boho look year-round and don’t want to give it up for the holidays. Minimalists will also enjoy this muted and subtle holiday style.

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unique holiday decor3. Jewel Tones with Silver

This color palette is the boldest of our looks. Not only are we leaning into the festive glam of silver, but we’re turning things up a notch with the jewel tones. (Just look at those dining chairs!!)

Why We Love It

Jewel tones have a rich, luxurious feel, which is quite appropriate this time of year. Why not fully embrace the glamour of the season? Paired with silver, it takes on a playful vibe and ups the festive factor to an over-the-top level—in the best possible way.

It’s perfect for…

Classic mid-century modern lovers who want a bold and bright look. It’s also great for those who want to extend the festive spirit well into January to keep the winter blues at bay! Ah, the joys of an artificial tree…

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holiday decor ideas4. Blue, Cream, and Gold

Here’s another twist on the classic blue and white combo that’s full of winter magic. Cream lends a warmer vibe that plays extra nice with gold accents. Don’t you just want to move into this space? We went for a glamorous look here—with velvets, gold accents, and a plush sheepskin throw. Because luxe textures and materials mean an extra dose of cozy!

Why We Love It

There’s a sophisticated and chic feeling about this holiday decor color palette, but it also manages to be quite warm and inviting. We can see ourselves hosting holiday cocktail parties in this space, then turning around and snuggling up with hot cocoa and a cheesy holiday movie without skipping a beat.

It’s perfect for…

Those who appreciate a minimal, sophisticated approach to holiday decor.

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holiday color palettes5. High-Contrast Black and Gray

This is a high-contrast look that plays with patterns and textures. The many textural elements in this look add a warmth to this space that makes it extra inviting. And adding a big garland gives you some of that traditional holiday decor cheer!

Why We Love It

It’s the plush layers that make this style work and give it that cozy holiday vibe. (The pouf! The pillows! The leather chair!) This look also relies on a playful mix of patterns—from plaid to stripes and polka dots. We love that a neutral color palette allows us to embrace this mix of patterns. What results is a modern farmhouse vibe that we’re pretty sure Joanna Gaines would be proud of.

It’s perfect for…

People who love rustic and traditional styles that are approachable and cozy.

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