Eddie Ross Holiday Tablescapes

A Different Take on the Christmas Tablescape

Here's an easy, elegant way to create your own makeshift home bar: begin with a black or white lacquer tray (this one is from West Elm is $24), then arrange everything (vintage stirrers, bar tools, Christmas decorations, wine glasses, napkins . . . you get the idea) with cocktail stirrers or bar foods. Impress guests with a brightly hued cocktail of Champagne, limoncello, and blood orange soda.

If you're not in the mood this year for the usual Christmas tinsel and trim, fear not: there are ways to get away from the typical yuletide tabletop scheme. Lifestyle guru and style expert Eddie Ross has the right idea; he recently shared his interpretation of a (wallet-friendly!) contemporary Christmas table with CasaSugar, offering plenty of ideas for mixing affordable new dinner and servingware with unique vintage textiles.

Ross, whose past stints include food editor at Martha Stewart Living and design director at Food Network, doesn't just have good aesthetic taste — he's got a pretty solid palate as well. Keep reading for more sweet ideas when it comes to hosting friends and family at the table this holiday season.