Here’s How to Get Your Dining Room Table Holiday-Ready

By Kelsey Mulvey for Modern Muse

Just because ham, gingerbread cookies, and spiked eggnog are the season's main attractions doesn't mean your tablescape has to take a back seat.

Creating a warm, inviting atmosphere is a must for any soiree — and your upcoming crop of holiday parties are no exception. But while there are tons of festive candles, linens, and glasses to choose from, they're not always stylish.

Luckily, we've found the pieces that are cheerful, not cheesy. Whether you're hosting an intimate dinner with your immediate family or a big blowout with friends and colleagues, the accessories below will turn you into the hostess with the mostess.

Seasonal Table Runner

Consider Anthropologie's gilded runner a great alternative to those tablecloths covered in mini Santas and snowflakes. If you want your table to look great all winter long, add some colorful accessories.

Wintry Wine Glasses

How can you possibly eat, drink and be merry without some showstopping wine glasses? Sure, most hostesses already have some wine glasses on hand, but since your party will eventually leave the confines of your dining room table, some new ones will keep the celebratory spirit flowing throughout your home. Technically, this set from Williams-Sonoma is for red wine, but we won't blame you if you use them with white or rosé blends too.

Beautiful Gravy Boat

Because your juicy sliver of Christmas ham won't douse itself in mouth-watering brown sugar glaze, right? You could drizzle it on with a standard (albeit unstylish) ladle or borrow Grandma's gravy boat, but if you host a lot of parties, why not grab one for yourself? This option from Kate Spade hits the sweet spot between trendy and timeless.

'Gram-Worthy Greenery

Part of the joy of decorating for a holiday party is making the dining table look enticing before dinner is served. Enter Restoration Hardware's gorgeous garland. The blend of bay leaves and eucalyptus is festive yet elegant — not to mention more affordable than buying a pricey bouquet every time you want to have a party. Once you're ready to seat your guests, move the garland to the mantle.

Dramatic Candlesticks

Once dinner is served, your table will be covered in entrees, sides, and desserts, so you'll barely have room for any decor. That's where candlesticks come in. Not only do H&M's tall candlesticks offer a dramatic, space-efficient flair, but they'll be sure to provide some much-needed mood lighting. Want to give your table a jolly twist? Pop in a woodsy candle.

Decorative Dish

As the most wonderful time of the year, the holidays call for something fancier than your regular china — which is the perfect excuse to go big with Potter's Workshop plates from West Elm. They're a great pop of color for your tablescape and will look fetching with some sweet potato casserole.

Fashion-Forward Flatware

This matching matte set from West Elm is a flatware gamechanger. The black color will not only complement patterned plates, but it'll also look great with just about everything in your home. Practicing proper table manners has never been chicer.

Shimmery Serviettes

For a tablescape that will truly wow, forgo your disposable paper napkins for some luxurious linens. Whether you use them for appetizers or dessert, these dip-dyed napkins from Kim Seybert, available at Barneys, are the perfect finishing touch for any fancy feast.

Cute Placecard Holders

Nobody said playing hostess would be easy. Between whipping up appetizers, uncorking bottles of bubbly, and creating a hip-shakin' playlist, prepare to wear a lot of hats come party time. The last thing you'll remember to do is introduce your second cousin to your old coworker, so we recommend creating some placecards. These holders from Crate & Barrel will incentivize your guests to introduce themselves, plus you can use them well into spring.

Gilded Placemat

No tablescape is complete without some placemats, which is why you should pick up Chilewich's shimmery style from Barneys, stat. The drift weaving resembles flames from a cozy fireplace, while the gilded hue is absolutely festive. Whether you pair it with white plates or some eclectic serveware, your table is a shoo-in for best dressed this year.