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Trying to be the host with most this year? Want a holiday table with a ton of stunning style? Host your family and friends this holiday season with these eight smart, budget-friendly table-setting ideas and you might be surprised by how impressed they are.

  1. Always Add Placemats

Placemats are an easy way to add a pop of seasonal color or texture. They’re an inexpensive investment, or you can make your own from felt or fabric remnants.

  1. Invest in Classic White Dishes

For a versatile, timeless look, use classic white dinnerware for both every day and entertaining. White dishes also show food to its best advantage – which is why the pros use it.

You can purchase inexpensive white plates and bowls in complete sets or a few pieces at a time, since whites will always match with other whites. Bonus: It’s easy to replace pieces if they break.

  1. Or Pull Out Your Vintage China

Dinner parties and the holidays are a great time to use your heirloom china – or the mismatched collection of flea market finds you’ve assembled. When using different sets of dishes on the same table, try to stay in the same color family for the most cohesive results, or unite different patterns by mixing in your white dinnerware for a visual break.

  1. Skip the Fancy Flatware

No one notices, anyway, so press your everyday utensils into use if they’re in good shape. If you need more sets than you own, buy a big batch of discount silverware that you’ll be able to put into service year after year.

  1. Stock Up On Stemmed Glasses

Buy sturdy, large wine glasses with plain stems. They can be used for red, white, or sparkling wines, and can even serve as water goblets.

  1. Extra Water Glasses are Useful

Plain 12-ounce water glasses are also a good entertaining investment, and also can be used for room-temperature wine or mixed drinks.

  1. Add a Table Runner

A white tablecloth is always classic, but you can add a layer of color and dimension to your table setting by choosing a runner cloth in a contrasting tone or design. Or leave a beautiful, textured wood table bare and simply use a table runner in the center.

  1. Cloth Napkins Add Extra Decor Style

Cloth napkins are one of the most inexpensive ways to instantly dress up your table. Napkin rings aren’t necessary; simply fold napkins or roll and tie with a ribbon and a sprig of green. If you have time, iron your napkins first for a detail that makes a difference.