How to Set a Swoon-Worthy Holiday Table

The Savory Grape's Jessica Granatiero helps us set three distinct scenes for your guests.


Photography by Angel Tucker

Naturally Inviting

Too often we allow calendars to distinguish ordinary days from extraordinary ones (why is that, exactly?). Any evening can be special with the right company and forethought. Draw on the wintery landscape for inspiration: Go clean, crisp and simple. Pair white dinnerware and cream-colored linens with traditional wine and water glasses. Here, natural-edged wooden chargers and a burlap runner warm an otherwise cool palette. Throw in a few greens — a eucalyptus garland with a whisper of sparkle and rosemary sprigs atop napkins — and you have elegant, understated perfection. Why, you may ask, include menus if the aim is comfortable informality? “A menu is less about being formal and more about giving your guests something to remember,” says Granatiero. “It’s just another touch, like adding flowers to a table. It’s a simple way to accent a table. Dinners are about creating an experience and bringing people together.”

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