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While the cooking is certainly important, and being surrounded by loved ones is probably non-negotiable, can we all agree that what truly makes a holiday meal special is all the fun, thematic decor? Plates adorned with Santa’s face, mugs decorated with snowy scenes, and napkins dressed up in wreaths are generally the norm each season, but you can also elevate your tablescapes with slightly more subtle holiday vibes. Here are just some of the chicest serveware we’ve laid our eyes on for that very purpose this year:

Farm Animal Dinnerware, Starting at $27.95 at Stone Wall Kitchen

A geometric pattern of chickens, cows, pigs and goats will give your table an updated farmhouse feel.See it

Peyton & Parker Plaid Mug Decorative Stand, $20, at JCPenney

JC Penny

Finally—a plaid mug set to sip your coffee or hot cocoa from on Christmas morning that’ll match those flannel pajamas from L.L. Bean.See it

Misto Tray, $69 at West Elm

West Elm

Throw on some Camembert, cheddar and blue cheeses, a variety of nuts, and dried fruits on this wood and stone beauty and you’ve got yourself the making of an award-worthy cheese board.See it

1960s Italian Brass Cocktail Pitcher, $107 at Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

This 1960s-inspired brass cocktail pitcher will add warmth to your holiday tablescape—and serves a very important purpose: optimal hydration during and after all that holiday wine and Champagne.See it

Carnets D’Equateur Soup Plate, $225 at Hermes

Hermes

It’s certainly not your grandmother’s china, but what’s old is truly new again in Hermès’ Carnets d’Equateur collection—which depicts jaguars, panthers, macaws, and impalas through the lens of artist Robert Dallet.See it

Fishs Eddy Gilded Serving Platter, $49 at West Elm

West Elm

Your Christmas ham, turkey—or even seven fishes—will look extra fancy on this gilded serving platter.See it

Lipper International Large Acacia Wave Bowl with Salad Servers, $25.99 at Target

Target

Easy to clean, holiday appropriate, and yet somehow still right to repurpose for the rest of the year, you can extend your mid-century modern decor to the table with this environmentally friendly acacia salad bowl.See it

Cafe Cup Set of 6 Porcelain Cups, $84 at Tea Forte

Tea Forte

These classic porcelain tea cups will look decidedly cheerful when you pair it with one of Tea Forte’s signature pyramid teas so that the adorable leaf pops out the top of its cover. Speaking of the teas, this year, holiday flavors include Raspberry Ganache, Rum Raisin Biscotti, Spiced Ginger Plum, Winter Chai, and Ginger Snap.See it

Mosser Pink Milk Glass Tumbler, $15.96 at Sur La Table

Sur la Table

The ideal vessel for your eggnog, coquito, mulled wine, Irish Coffee topped with whipped cream, or even some milk to accompany Santa’s cookies, this adorable pink mug will make visions of sugar plums dance in your head.See it

Three-Tier Glass Server, $279 at Maison Numen

Glass Three-Tier Server

Maison Numen

This enchanting, three-tier hand blown glass server allows you and your guests to pack on as many desserts as you can fit—now, if you could only fit it all in your belly.See it

Winter Cardinal Salt and Pepper Shakers, $8.99 at Stonewall Kitchen

Stonewall Kitchen

You can find a salt and pepper shaker in pretty much any shape, color, or size these days, but none will look as refined and festive as part of your holiday getup than this winter cardinal.See it

Wood Bark Pedestal Stand, $29.99 at World Market

World Market

Whether you use it for finger foods or as a cake stand, this wood bark pedestal stand adds natural serving splendor.See it

Leopard Salad Plate, $8.99 at Macy’s

Macy’s

This guy—and his Frenchie, Giraffe, and Panda friends—are all decked out for the season, and a conversation-starting way to enjoy your first course.See it

Related Video: Here’s How Gail Simmons Would Style a Holiday Table

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Dan Koday is a New York City based digital and social media content expert, writer, and editor. His work has been featured in Food & Wine, InStyle, Robb Report, Marie Claire, BRIDES, Martha Stewart Living, and American Airlines, amongst many other prestigious publications. Before becoming a full-time digital and social media content consultant, Dan most recently held the titles of Managing Editor at Time Inc. and Digital Director for Teen Vogue. He is dad to a black and tan Pomeranian named Fluffy.
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