How to set the perfect holiday table

Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you need a theme of red and green. At Van Houtte®, we’ve got nearly a century of expertise at making things taste, and look, their very best. This year we’ve decided to celebrate like A.L. Van Houtte would have: in a classic way, with a subdued palette that’s sure to make our magnificent meal pop. To follow our lead, all you’ve got to do is use these quick tips and you’ll set a table that’s classic yet modern, with never a seasonal cliché in sight.

1. Go for monochromatic.
The food itself is sure to add colour to your table, so keep your table settings neutral. A black or charcoal table runner will make cream or ivory dishware pop.

2. Focus on flatware.
Since it’s metallic, your flatware will provide the bulk of your shine. Invest in some beautiful cutlery in golden tones (brass and copper are very in) that will create great contrast against your neutral palette.

3. Tone down the centrepiece.
A hefty centrepiece adds so much bulk to a table, there’s barely enough space for the food. Make a sleek statement with a streamlined brass or gilded candelabra—it’ll double as mood lighting—and a couple of glass vases with pine cuttings. 

4. Capitalize on the glint of glass.
Don’t have heirloom crystal decanters? Hunt some down in thrift stores to add storied style to your table. Have one filled with white wine and another with red on the table—instant glint and glamour.

5. Add a celebratory touch.
Inject a spot of tradition in your table setting by introducing Christmas poppers to your gathering. There are lots of tastefully-designed ones now, and the ritual of popping them is one the kids will never get tired of.

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