Give thanks and spread good cheer with a well-dressed table.

Pinterest is filled with table settings that are better dressed (and have more bling) than Tom Brady. But the good news is that you don’t need to be Nate Berkus to set an inspiring table. All it takes is a little prep, a few seasonal elements, and Clink’s crystal serving pieces and glassware. 

Here are a few simple ideas to enchant your guests.  

Go natural with decorations.

  • Pears have a lovely shape, and are abundant right now. Use them to top off a plate setting by placing a folded napkin on each plate, and setting a pear on top of each napkin.
  • Tiny pumpkins in orange, white, or green can serve as centerpieces when grouped around a candle or beside a flower arrangement. For a more rustic look, place small pumpkins on top of three or four wide, sturdy candlesticks.
  • Tie a few leafed branches into a Star of David shape for an inexpensive addition to a Hanukkah table.      
  • Scatter pinecones—either painted or natural—on the table or use them as place card holders. Or, create a centerpiece by filling vases or large bowls (like Green Catcher Salad Bowl) with pinecones and holly leaves.

Consider a theme that represents you as the host.

If you’re a musician, use sheet music as placemats. If you’re a frequent flier, use maps as placemats and place your barware in an open vintage suitcase. Want guests to leave their mark, too? Use brown paper as a runner and top with candles in various sized vases. Place pens on the table so guests can scribble you a note. ‘

 

Add a personal touch.

Dazzling glassware can be the focal point of a table. Monogrammed crystal wine glasses and cocktail glasses not only sparkle—they’ll start conversations. Use a glass pitcher (monogrammed, of course) for serving water. Take the extra time to learn each guest’s drink of choice, and serve each beverage in the appropriate glass. Top-shelf whiskey drinker? Try Clink Bitters in solid crystal. Mojito or Shirley Temple? Opt for the Smokin’ Barrel Hiball.

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