As cheery and festive as the holiday season is, the table might just be one of the most boring things to decorate. Let’s be honest—traditional tablescapes always seem to consist of the same dreary and stifled look: beige tablecloths, muted candlesticks, with maybe some dashes of red and green thrown in (and if you’ve read Saturday’s blog, these two colors have definitely had their moment).

Questioning how to break from tradition? 2108 style trends are here to help. Shelby Girard, head designer at says, “I’m seeing a lot more casual table settings that feel welcoming and comfortable while still feeling like a special occasion setup. Overly formal settings with precious china and a multitude of flatware pieces you likely don’t need are no longer the norm.”

The best part? You can create a fabulous setting that works for the holidays without breaking the bank and go from blah to tah-dah!

Below are some decor ideas—all under $50—for a holiday tablescape that your friends and family will feel welcomed and impressed by well into the New Year.

1. Bold-patterned tablecloths

A way to save on this look is to keep the china and stemware you already own. That way, you can indulge in something bold and arresting.

“This year I’m seeing fun patterns used for holiday tables,” Girard says. “Look for patterns like buffalo check napkins and botanical table runners.”

Or try mod designs—like ovals and circles (geometric patterns are in)—or bold florals to give your traditional tablescape a remix.

2. DIY greenery and florals

Anyone who has ever hosted a wedding knows that floral centerpieces don’t come cheap. But luckily for your table, and your budget, this doesn’t have to be the case.

“DIY greenery and florals are definitely in now more than ever,” Girard says. “So instead of splurging on a premade bouquet, opt for individual stems or affordable greenery to tuck into your napkin rings or run down the center of the table.

“Keeping your florals low and simple leaves more room for food and drinks and won’t obstruct any views when catching up with your nearest and dearest over dinner,” she adds.

A trip to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s to look for greens like eucalyptus, which looks—and smells—heavenly. For a little extra wow factor, throw in a couple of sprigs of rosemary to place in napkin holders.

3. Copper mugs

Amira Johnson, an interior designer at Emerald Doors recommends buying a set of copper mugs for a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to take your tables entire look to the next level. Friends will love enjoying something cheery out of one of these special cups.

“Copper mugs are everywhere now that the Moscow mule cocktail has grown in popularity,” she says. “But even if you’re not serving Moscow mules for the holidays, I still think they make a nice touch. Try serving cold apple cider in your mugs, or any other cocktails you might have on your menu.”

4. Modern farmhouse touches

The modern farmhouse look is still very trendy in home decor, which can transition very easily into your holiday decor. And the best part? You can get the vibe on a budget, Johnson says—just try some fun but affordable accents like birch logs, buffalo check patterns (see above), glitter antlers, and moss.

“Glitter antler decorations will add the perfect quality of sparkle for your table setting,” Johnson says. “Then drape moss across your mantel and incorporate it into your dining room centerpiece for an extra comfy touch. And don’t forget the candles!”

5. Brighter than bright accents

Feeling brave? Skip past the traditional holiday colors all together. Working with neon accents, you can create a vibrant and bold tablet that’s sure to make your holidays merry and bright.

This look is great for trying something new and also won’t have you spending too much. Take a clear bowl full of neon-colored Christmas ornaments and use it for an eye catching centerpiece, and devise some colorful garlands. Some bright napkins and neon spray-painted pine cones complete the look.

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