Anyone who's ever hosted a holiday dinner party knows that it's easy to overlook certain tabletop essentials until it's almost too late. You may be hosting a dinner for 12 but realize at the last minute that you only have nine steak knives or six red wine glasses. Unless you've accounted for all these tabletop essentials a few days (or even better, weeks) before the big day, you're left in a pinch—mixing and matching cutlery or asking a sibling to bring an extra serving platter or napkins.
One easy trick to avoid the last-minute panic is to do a test run of your table decorations a few weeks before the big day. That way, you can ensure you have time to order all the missing essentials—from a large serving platter to serve your turkey to enough linen napkins for everyone around the table. Think of it as a rehearsal—ensuring that everything will go off without a hitch on the big day.
If you find out that anything is missing or simply want to upgrade a few things, we handpicked the best table decorations you'll want to use over the holidays and beyond. Keep scrolling to shop our favorite finds.
This rustic serving platter would be the perfect backdrop for your sweet potato casserole or green beans. For larger parties during which trays will be passed all around the table, we always opt for a more durable material than something more delicate just in case someone drops it. This platter is made of shatter-proof melamine, making it the perfect dish in our eyes.
If you've chosen to forgo a tablecloth or runner this year, consider these gorgeous minimalistic placemats in jewel tones instead.
Even if you're not serving cake for dessert, you can still use this gorgeous cake stand from Kathy Kuo. Whether you pile on freshly baked cookies, pie, or any other decadent dessert, it will look even more delicious when you present it in this dish.
Dried floral arrangements mean you can use them on multiple occasions, creating a chic timeless winter centerpiece.
There's nothing like a good holiday punch bowl, especially if it comes in a chic receptacle like this one. These are perfect for any big-batch cocktails you'll be making.
Elevate your holiday table this year with these charming and sophisticated plates from Pottery Barn. The best part about all-white dishes is that they go with everything, so if a few of your serving pieces are different colors or materials, the plates won't look out of place.
Flutes are great, but we like to think that classic champagne coupes add a slightly fancier element. Plus, you can serve any cocktail in this chic glass.
Get ready to take your charcuterie spread to the next level with this show-stopping marble serving board.
Get a wide variety of meats, cheeses, nuts, and fruits so that there's something on the board for every guest.
This matte black flatware set will turn heads at any holiday table. We love it because it's different than most people's sets, which are usually silver- or gold-toned.
Jump on the ribbed glass trend this holiday season with this etched barware from West Elm. Whether you're serving water or cocktails, you'll have more fun handing people a beverage in these fun and colorful pieces.
You'll never want to serve cheese on anything else after you've tried it on this statement-making board from Anthropologie.
There is nothing chicer than simple crisp white linen napkins, and Crate & Barrel has great ones at an unbeatable price.
There's something cool and moody about dark-hued entertaining pieces, and these smokey wine glasses are no exception. We're absolutely obsessed.
You'll never want to serve any other way than family-style if you have these servers to show for it.
For a more modern tablescape, opt for a raffia or linen runner instead of a formal tablecloth.