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Holiday meals are the stage for memories-in-the-making. Designing a Pinterest-worthy dining presentation is easier than you think. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Tip  1

Create visual interest by mixing up the color palette of place settings.

Complementary colors, or colors that are opposite from one another on a color wheel, provide appealing contrast. Meanwhile, a monochromatic scheme, using a single color in various hues, provides a refined and sophisticated look.

Tip  2

Layer the place settings.

Layering the place setting creates interest and dimension to a guest’s dining experience. Begin with a central, eye-catching piece for each setting, add napkins and napkin holders. Complete the place setting with an accent such as a themed element or embellishment.

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Tip  3

Use various textures and materials for place settings.

Mixing different types of metal, glass, fabrics and finishes provides guests with a dining experience displayed with texture and depth. Consider your theme when choosing your materials but don’t be afraid to juxtapose your items — crystal and metal glassware, a rough charger with china dishes, etc.

Inspirational settings provided by Wishing Well Antiques & Gifts of Lufkin.