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8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

by | Nov 24, 2015 | Decorating Inspiration, Simple Gatherings, Welcome + Gather

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8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

When you take a little more care with setting your table around the holidays, it is not only a special gift to your guests but it can set the tone for a memorable celebration! At our house, there’s nothing more perfect for setting a festive mood than a cozy mix of rustic with a bit of glam. The decor doesn’t have to be over the top, simplicity can be beautiful! The rustic takes a bit of the stuffiness out of the glam and the glimmer adds a bit of class. It’s fun to celebrate around a pretty a holiday table (whether it’s for Thanksgiving or Christmas!).

Everyone is happy when they are celebrating, right?

Here are eight easy ideas I used to create the cozy glam ambience!

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

1. Add special little details to create interest and conversation around the table. Mix in ornaments, decor and seasonal elements to your centerpiece. I used a metal napkin ring as a cute base for a little DIY glittery pinecone tree! Just set the pinecone on top of the napkin ring, easy peasy!

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

2. Wreaths are not just for doors, use them to create a festive focal point in the center of a table.

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

3. A pedestal cake plate can elevate food, candles or other decorative and practical elements to just the right hight for an eye-catching centerpiece (but not so high that you can’t have a great conversation across the table!). The centerpiece has a tiered effect with the wreath and cake plate.

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

4. Mix and match natural and organic elements like wood and pinecones with soft linens in contrast to shinier material like glitter, glass and gold for a perfect blend of holiday glam and cozy rustic.

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

5. Layer plates for a more dramatic presentation. Here I paired a gold-rimmed glass dinner and salad plate with gold glass basket weave chargers. Notice how you can see through the glass plates, maximizing the design of the charger below.

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

6. Dress up your buffet and console tables to spread the mood throughout the room. You can use a simple strand of amber glimmer strings to add sparkle and leave room for your favorite dishes, and create more drama with these oversized frosted pinecones and beautiful branches with snowy pinecones on a table or in a favorite container.

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

7. Add softness and create a more cozy winter mood with plaid pillows on chairs.

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

8. Use what you have! Collect basic elements that will be a beautiful addition to any table all year round. The gold polka dot table runner (we used it on our fall outdoor table!) and cloth napkins feel fresh and pretty for every holiday and can mixed and matched with other seasonal pieces. The gold rimmed plates, napkin rings and wine glasses can also be used year round with a different mix of linens and accent pieces.

What is your favorite mix for a holiday table? 

Below find all the products I used on my table:

Clear Crackle Drinkware
Gold Dot Table Runner
Metallic Polka Dots Napkins
Napa Cake Stand
Gilded Royal Glass Dinnerware

Infinity Glass Charger
Hammered Gold Finish Napkin Rings
Glitter Berry Wreath in Gold
Oversized Frosted Pinecones
Glittered Pinecone Bowl Filler

Golden Border Placecard Holder
Woven Plaid Pillow
Luster Pillar Stand
Frosted Tree Votive Holder
Glitter Eiffel Tower Ornament

And more! Check out the full selection of holiday items from Pier 1

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday TablescapeThis post is brought to you by Pier 1 Imports.


  1. Cristina Festa

    I’m loving the Gold accents. I’m changing out my decor this year for a more white and gold theme also. I picked up some ornaments and decor from a craft store to easily update what I already have.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      It’s such a pretty combination! It is fun to just update what you already have for an all new look. Have fun with it! :)

  2. Teri

    Plaid pillow details, please!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      It’s from Pier 1! There’s a direct link at the bottom of the post in the source list! :)

  3. sj

    Love those gold polka dot napkins, but Pier 1 website says to “dry clean.” Have you washed yours yet? How did they hold up? Thanks.

  4. Natasha

    I love adding gold for holiday decor! So warm and cozy!

  5. Orianne

    Rustic Glam is one of my favourite ways to dress a holiday table too and I find it’s simple enough to achieve with the items you already have at home and few collected ones from outdoors.

    For an easy and effective centerpiece for my rectangular table, I arrange an array of votives, candle holders, wreaths, glass ornaments and pine cones that meander down the center, in different heights that create a pretty display of mercury glass, branches, silver & muted golds. I might also add some evergreen, use some fake snow to fill the base of some hurricane or candle lanterns and if I want to really create more of a winter magical setting, I will use simple LED lights to elevate the the warm, glowing, twinkle effects of the flickering candle light.

    This may sound silly but Europeans are big on table linen and its a detail that is much appreciated and rarely missing, and since I seldom use mine on a daily basis preferring table runners or place mats, I make sure to get out the full linen tablecloth with napkins.

  6. Corinna - A Designer At Home

    So beautiful! The mixed metals is perfectly glam and casual. I love the wreath and cake stand idea. The multidimensional centerpiece is so interesting!

  7. Orianne

    I forgot to mention how much I love your pine cone display & boat shaped wood bowl. It’s so gorgeous I would want to keep it out all winter long.

  8. Ms. Maggie the Elder

    My sister just donated a new (vintage) candlewick divided plate to my collection so it is now part of the table scape for our party to celebrate the Season~~~

  9. Maria M.

    Gorgeous! Those charges are my favorite! :-)

  10. Laura

    Ah so much beautiful pieces! This table is so beautiful and you are so talented! <3 I love Eiffel tower decoration.


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