We asked our favorite stylists, bloggers, and lifestyle gurus to share how they'd create a unique and festive holiday table — and how to get the look.
There's something to be said for holiday traditions — I know Christmas wouldn't be the same without my mom's cow-shaped gravy boat and my grandma's delicate china. However, the old standbys can get a bit tired...and maybe I have spilled gravy on the tablecloth a few too many times. Time for a style upgrade!
Seeking tabletop inspiration, I reached out to some of my favorite stylists and lifestyle gurus to learn how they approach holiday entertaining. Needless to say, each of their ideas was totally different — and decidedly untraditional. Learn how these creatives mix unexpected textures, colors and materials to create styles that are distinctly their own — and shop each look below.
Designer and artist Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow: "We like to mix things up during the holidays. I love traditional foods — potato latkes, panettone, and cranberry sauce are forever favorites — but when it comes to how we decorate for the holidays, tradition kinda flies out the window! We are all about making our home festive and fun — and that might mean that we're using pineapples instead of pines, tropical leaves instead of turkeys, and serapes instead of bobbles and bows. It's about what makes our home feel festive to us."
HonestlyWTF Executive Editor Erica Chan Coffman: "This year's holiday table was inspired by Mexico, one of the most vibrantly diverse countries in the world; the vintage terra cotta pottery, handmade ceramic plates, rich leather details and bespoke paper goods were all sourced from Etsy. I hope that my approach might inspire you to try something untraditional, because difference makes us!"
Stylist and recipe developer Beth Kirby of Local Milk: "When people ask me where I source goods for my home, Etsy has always been my answer. So many of my table settings are a familiar mix of handmade ceramics, natural linen, vintage brass flatware, florals and foraged bits, delicate glassware, and handmade accents in copper, brass, and clay."
Alison Feldmann is the head of editorial and brand content at Etsy. When she's not trawling Etsy for pottery, folk art, and vintage oddities, she enjoys traveling, historical nonfiction, thrift store shopping, and cooking (poorly). She loves a good cat video.