With a few tweaks, you can take your dining table from Thanksgiving to New Year's with ease.
Let’s keep it real. Most of us have one dining table, one set of dishware, one set of flatware and one set of linens (two, if we’re lucky). And until scientists figure out how to clone humans, there’s only one of us, too—and we’re strapped for time.
So, when the holidays blow in like a freight train, we want hard-working spaces to be as nimble as we are, with items that can toggle from one festive occasion to the next. Whoosh! Enter the transitional tabletop. The ideas are fresh and simple, the materials are easy to find, and the color palette is versatile enough to extend from one holiday to the next.
A copper and blue color palette sets a sophisticated—but in no way stuffy—tone. (See Thanksgiving tablescape above.)
TIP: If you’re using votives, add a tablespoon of water to each before placing a candle inside. The burned-down candle will easily slip out, and you can reuse the votive.
We amped up our handsome plaid palette with blue corduroy, adding seasonal warmth and cheery color to the table. (See Christmas table setting above.)
TIP: A super-safe alternative to traditional candles are flameless votives.
Understated elegance transitions to an electric, let’s-party-like-it’s-1999 blue and silver color palette. (See New Year’s table decor above.)
TIP: You can find inexpensive clocks at a discount store or use vintage or flea-market clocks in their place.
Holiday table settings designed by Stephen Campbell.
Photography by Nancy Yuenkel.