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Expert Advice: Designing Your Perfect Holiday Table
Everything you need to know about planning and styling your perfect holiday table, with vintage and budget-friendly tips and tricks from blogger Jodie Kammerer.
It’s the perfect time of year for hosting. Whether you’re throwing a holiday party or having family over for a Christmas feast, use these tips from blogger and designer Jodie Kammerer to create a tablescape that will keep your guests gushing all night long. With an eye for vintage appeal, Jodie offers advice on creating... Keep Scrolling
Written by Jessie Yount
Photography by Treve Johnson
Styling by Jodie Krammerer
Captions Written by Sarah Yoon


It’s the perfect time of year for hosting. Whether you’re throwing a holiday party or having family over for a Christmas feast, use these tips from blogger and designer Jodie Kammerer to create a tablescape that will keep your guests gushing all night long. With an eye for vintage appeal, Jodie offers advice on creating a theme, structuring a sophisticated look, budget-friendly finds and tips for inspiration.

Jodie Kammerer's holiday table
Entertaining Motifs. Jodie’s placemats and dishes could be used any time of the year, but the right pairing helps them shine. With the red runner and bottlebrush trees, the place settings take on that special holiday magic.
Jodi Kammerer's farmstyle holiday table
A Touch of Color. The dining room table bursts with cheer but the only colors are a touch of red on the runner and the natural greenery on the places and the centerpieces.

A Fresh Start

It begins with a theme, or a few key pieces of decor. Jodie reveals, “Every time I create a table it’s something different: sometimes I have a few specific elements in mind and sometimes I’m inspired by a mood.” It can be as simple as selecting a red and white color scheme, or centering your design around a few antique collectibles. For this look, Jodie began with a vision for an “Elegant Farmhouse.” This meant incorporating vintage pieces into her design. Knowing that these antiquated trinkets would bring plenty of personality to her table, “I wanted to keep the palette neutral with creams and whites,” Jodie says.

When it comes to centerpieces, Jodie recommends “building around the big element(s).” For her table, she began with vintage soup tureens and filled them to the brim with flower arrangements. Mixing vintage-style pieces with natural and earthy décor brings an “elegance and drama to the mix,” Jodie says.

A Tried & True Trend

With these simple goals in mind, Jodie brought sophistication to her tablescape with layers. “For this table I used pine greenery, white flowers, stoneware, metallic, pewter and glass to create neutral elegance,” Jodie says. Combining different textures and materials creates a unique visual appeal. If you like the idea of a layered look, Jodie recommends, “adhering to a color theme to avoid a cluttered feel.” Although Jodie’s table is full of texture, with woven placemats and stylized dishes, she maintains a neutral color palette. Her touches of color are subtle and delightful: a table runner with red stripes and a few pieces of greenery bring festive Christmas cheer to the look.

Collect, Curate & Create

You don’t need to start from scratch–use décor found in your own home! Jodie is always in favor of a neutral color scheme, which allows her to use her décor pieces all year long. Over the years, she’s curated a collection of dishes by many different makers. “I feel a great freedom in mixing,” Jodie says. Both real and faux dishes can be found in her home.

If you don’t have vintage collectibles in your home, you have plenty of other options: browse thrift stores and magazines to find pieces that speak to you. Included in Jodie’s array of vintage beauties are “authentic French antiques, like the red runner, soup tureens, vintage books and crystal cake stands, which are all sourced from a local vendor, Elsiegreen.com,” says Jodie.

So where does all this inspiration come from? Jodie says, “I find inspiration everywhere, from Instagram to antique stores and magazines.” But it’s always helpful to have another set of eyes: although her twin sister Julie lives out of state, they are constantly playing their designs off of each other and communicating through FaceTime. “Julie helped me brainstorm and finalize a lot of ideas,” Jodie says. Together, Jodie and Julie run the blog The Design Twins.

Jodie's vintage vignettes
Creative Transformations. The dining room wall is the most flexible design space Jodie could wish for, wide open for interpretation. Here, she displays a vintage-style window frame with a holiday wreath for a simple and elegant appeal.
Jodie Kammerer's holiday decor
Framing the Season. The dining room wall is the perfect design for Christmas cheer. The frames naturally invite seasonal additions like boxwood wreaths and cream ribbons.

For more tips on styling and budget-friendly DIY designs, check out their blog or see them on Instagram @jodie.thedesigntwins and @julie.thedesigntwins.

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