3 Ways to Set a Beautiful Holiday Table

Our friends at Kitchen Stories  came up with three unique ways to set a beautiful holiday table (using some of our favorite Villeroy & Boch dinnerware!). Check it out and be inspired to set gorgeous holiday tablescapes of your own:

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Give Your Holiday Table a Fresh Look with Casale Blue

Article By Stephen Milioti
Villeroy & Boch Casale Blu

“The holidays hold so much meaning for so many people,” says Isabelle von Boch. “But beyond that, the holiday season — especially Thanksgiving — has become one of those rare times when entire families sit around a table for an extended period of time to enjoy a meal.”

Because it’s a rare moment for people to slow down, set their phones aside (hopefully) and enjoy time together, the table has to be memorable. And this year, Villeroy & Boch has reimagined the holiday table’s traditional aesthetic in a cooler set of hues. “It’ll make you look at the holidays in a different way, with fresh eyes,” says von Boch, the company’s brand ambassador and an eighth-generation member of its founding family.

Enter Casale Blu

Casale BlueEnter Casale Blu: defined by saturated-yet-subtle blue tones, it evokes the graphic decorative style of traditional Italian ceramics (specifically, those practiced in the Umbrian town of Deruta since the 12th century). But, as with so many Villeroy & Boch lines, this style, while historically relevant, is made contemporary enough to fit perfectly into any table or décor style. And we’d like to present it as the basis for not only the Thanksgiving table this year, but the rest of the festive season, including Christmas or Hanukkah.

“I’m always fond of formalizing the casual, and casualizing the formal,” says von Boch. And, ironically, Casale Blu will do both for the holiday table: Its bowls and plates, with their eye-catching color and graphic details, add European flair to any space you grace them with.

When it comes to setting your table with Casale Blu, von Boch’s advice, as always, is to mix and match within the collection. And this collection makes that very easy (and fun) to do. The primary blue color is peppered with accents of yellow or green in four distinct patterns. Mix plates, bowls, cups, and more in different patterns, even within settings, and you’ll evoke the Italian way of life — aesthetically beautiful yet effortlessly laid-back.

Into this “perfectly mismatched” look, add some bold blue or green glass accents (like the Verso vase, in the bold “Caribbean Sea” color). Beyond that, von Boch recommends introducing natural elements into the mix, for a richly textured, undeniably autumnal look and feel. Woven jute or sisal placemats, wooden serving bowls and utensils (like an acacia plate or salad servers from the Artesano Original line), and even stone accents will bring nature in, adding a relaxed tone to this inspired, global look. The result: a setting in which you’ll want to linger for hours, making memories — and setting some new holiday traditions.

Isabelle von Boch’s Holiday Tablescapes

Celebrate the season with a festive Christmas tablescape. Traditional or modern? Formal or casual? Whatever your tabletop personality, we’ll provide the inspiration with tried and true classics as well as innovative ideas.

Christmas Table Ideas

Pictured: Villeroy & Boch New Wave Dinnerware

Modern white china complements bold red and green napkins. For a fresh twist on a traditional Christmas centerpiece, try a garland of fresh greens tied with ribbon and adorned with your favorite Christmas ornaments.

Christmas Tablescapes

Pictured: Villeroy & Boch Anmut Tableware

Try pairing natural colors, like these brown linens and straw napkin rings, with metallic accents for a festive holiday table. (To make the gilded pine cones and walnuts, purchase gold metallic spray at your local craft store.)

How to Decorate for Christmas

Pair classic white china with your finest white linens, soft candlelight and silver napkin rings for a formal holiday dinner. Decorate with fresh holly and snowflake ornaments for a subtle nod to the season.

Simple Christmas Decorating Ideas

Delight your guests by presenting your plates like holiday presents, packaged with pretty ribbon and a small Christmas ornament.

Villeroy & Boch Flow Dinnerware

Little touches make guests feel special and appreciated. Greet your guests at the table with a small favor, like a beautifully-wrapped cookie or candy, that also serves as a place card.

Christmas Tablescapes

Pictured: Villeroy & Boch Flow Dinnerware

Instead of using traditional napkin rings, incorporate your holiday ornaments for more festive flair.

Villeroy & Boch Country Heritage

Pictured: Villeroy & Boch Country Heritage Dinnerware

Make your own napkin rings with ribbon and fresh greens. Perfect for Christmas entertaining, this classic table would be appropriate for any time of year.

Villeroy & Boch Urban Nature

Pictured: Villeroy & Boch Urban Nature Dinnerware

Add some cheer by decorating your table with Christmas balls and pillar candles.  Plum linens are a beautiful choice for a holiday table and a practical investment you can use year round.

Isabelle von Boch