Setting for the Season

If you’re planning on entertaining for the holiday season, look no further for table setting inspiration! Five local interior design shops created their version of a holiday table setting with everything from refined rustic accents to tuxedo napkin rings. Find which style works best for your home, and get ready to party!

By Moe Godat

Photography by Kim Dillon

Location: Vanderbilt Homes


A Little Extra Sparkle, Design by Forshaw of St. Louis: This glitzy forest place setting doesn’t shy away from sparkle! A white, gray-rimmed dinner plate and 8-inch driftwood plate sit on a gold monstera leaf placemat. A leaf with gold accents act as the name card. To make the setting shine, an elaborate centerpiece adorns the table. The wooden lantern with electric flame candle add height and various sparkling greenery add substance. Large, blue-green flowers with golden sparkles accompany the lantern with faux branches complete with blue buds and sparkling berries. Assorted ornaments such as blue pinecones, a large matte bauble and a bejeweled and colorful ball add a final touch of glam.

Tartan and Tuxedos, Design by Mary Tuttle’s Flowers: Dress up your holiday table with classy and elegant Juliska tableware. The beautifully textured red Kim Siebert placemat adds interest beneath a scalloped white charger. A classic mix of Christmas greens and reds decorates the tartan dinner plate. A Country Estate “Winter Frolic” salad plate depicts a playful red and white holiday scene, and a Juliska tartan napkin with tuxedo black napkin ring sits on top. When dinner is served, turn to the bright satin 5-piece flatware set to tuck in with style.

Oh, Christmas Tree, Design by The Great Cover-Up: Present a refined holiday tea time with this festive set, complete with decorated trees of various sizes! The Spode Christmas tree set includes a tea saucer and teacup, 10.5-inch dinner plate, 8-inch salad plate and 6.5-inch bread and butter plate. The “Winter Festival” salad plate with monogram adds a personalized touch to the setting. An eye-catching Two’s Company beaded Christmas tree napkin ring decorates a bright red napkin in the center. A gorgeous Florence silverware set completes the picture.

Foxy Festivities, Design by The Porch in Wildwood: Rustic charm meets sophisticated finishes in this woodsy vintage table setting. The black table runner with a white striped border lays a tasteful foundation for a rough wooden shield. A dot rim metal charger holds a cream plate topped with a black stoneware bowl, in which sits a matching black napkin with white striped border and dot rim metal napkin ring. Above the tableware on the shield sits the silverware set bound with custom greenery and cloth ribbon. A vintage hand-painted bucket with a fox carries additional greenery, pinecones and wine, and a vintage wooden trug offers cookies close at hand for dessert. A medium candle holder with electric tea light sets the mood, and a decorative wine glass waits to be filled. The black rotating chalkboard instructs, “Mangia Bene,” or eat well!