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Family gatherings will look different this year, but there are many ways to make the holiday feel special. Dining experiences of the past were rooted in tradition, etiquette, and elegance, so this is an opportunity to reimagine your vision to highlight both the old and new. Set the scene with items that make you smile!

Add an extra serving of merriment with these few tips:

· Forget the notion that all your china must match — mix old and new for an extra flair! Incorporating a few vintage items such as antique flatware passed down through generations paired alongside more modern and oversized stemware will create a traditional look with a modern attitude.

· Pewter or sparkling silver or gold napkin rings on chic velvet or more traditional Scottish plaid napkins is eye catching. Greens, greens, greens from your yard nestled around the table, of course.

· Combine tall candlesticks and/or an antique candelabra with a sprinkling of votives. The soft and dancing glow from the varying heights and different shapes and textures is fanciful for a wintry occasion.

When your table is finished, you’ll see that each piece tells a story, which is a perfect way to inspire reminiscing about loved ones across the miles.

Add the finishing touch to your table with a beautiful and thoughtfully prepared holiday dinner menu from The Catered Affair.

May your holidays sparkle brightly!

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