Cheek plates from Said the KIng.
Cheek plates from Said the KIng.

One of a Kind Table

Tips and inspiration for creating your own special holiday hub for meals and merriment.

Gathering around the table is one of my favourite things to do at Christmas. Time to slow down and share gorgeous meals with family in a magical setting. So, I was like a kid in a candy store when I recently had the opportunity to curate a holiday tablescape from the hundreds of artisans selling their wares at the One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale and offer some advice and inspiration to attendees. Here are some highlights to help you get your own festive table on.

Top Table Setting Tips

  • Begin with a theme. Be it red, green and gold for a traditional look, or silver and Tiffany blue for a bit of glam, or a toy theme with a special collection gathered over the years, it’s always a good idea to begin with focus. With so much selection, I had a hard time choosing just one direction as I scoured the booths at the One of a Kind Show. In the end, I landed on Winter Woodland – inspired by the abundant display of raw wood, organic forms, natural colours and beyond-adorable forest creatures.
  •  It doesn’t all have to match. I love harlequin dinnerware sets where not every piece comes from the same place or has the same pattern. But to make sure there’s not too much chaos, think about some foundation pieces like simple white plates and layer on from there. It makes it easier and less expensive to switch things up and add on-trend pieces from year-to-year.
  • Repeat after me. While things don’t have to match, having certain pieces echoed on the table is like the chorus that makes a song connected. I opted for cream-coloured ceramic cups for wine glasses and then used the same cream-coloured ceramic for a serving platter. The touches of light blues in some of the soup bowls were repeated in the accent blue of the water pitchers and in the water goblets.
  • Use various heights. To create interest, use decorative elements with different elevations. In my tablescape, to add some stature, I used a glass cake stand, tall pitchers, and vases filled with winter berries. Just make sure you don’t block the view of table mates.
  • Decorate with food. It’s so simple, inexpensive and impactful to replace florals with food. Open a $2.99 bag of fresh cranberries and place them in a white, oblong platter for instant Christmas pop. Three pomegranates on a serving plate or wooden cutting board bring edible charm.
  • Gift your table guests. Not only is it lovely to give, but your token can be part of the table design. On my One of a Kind table, I placed mini gourmet vinegar bottles with wooden animal ornaments around their necks and hand-painted Christmas balls in creams with touches of gold.

Top Picks for a One Of A Kind Christmas Table


Cheek plates from Said the KIng.
Cheek plates from Said the King.


Blisscraft and Brazen make a lovely birch tree. Can you find the bird?


Blackbird Pottery for pretty bowls.


Large crown jar from heyday design beautifully holds evergreen sprigs. Use the cutoffs from the bottom of the Christmas tree.


Brilliant and so creative – salvaged table art from Carl & Rose.


Adorable fish Christmas balls from Judi Myers Studio.


Stunningly simple table linens from objective.


Here’s what the table looked like when we pulled it all together.


Live beautifully,