The holidays are fast approaching and the pressure is on: maybe you are rushing after work to find a great hostess gift (psst… we have a few ideas) or maybe you are the one hosting the dinner party. If that’s the case, we feel your stress (the shopping, the planning, the cooking, and then the rushed shower and blow-dry). There is, however, one thing that you can already have settled that will make a huge impact, and that is how to set up your table.

You may want to resort to your usual table-setting game (tablecloth + nice cutlery + non-chipped plates) but we’re here to inspire you to try something different this year. We’ve pulled three amazing holiday focused designs that can give you some easy ideas of how to mix it up. Maybe you already have some fantastic plates that you inherited from your mom, but all they need are modern placemats to personalize the look. Or perhaps you don’t really have the budget to pay for professional floral arrangements – our second inspiration image shows that with a clear vase and simple greenery you can create something equally attractive.

We have pulled three easily achieved ideas from our mag, but there is a lot more you can borrow. The main thing is to have a few pretty candles to set the mood!