Setting an elegant table for the holidays need not be expensive or complicated. Even simple white dishes and plain silverware can be embellished easily with a bit of time and creativity.
One of the best tricks for fancying up any tabletop is a decoratively-folded napkin. Check out my two favorite online tutorials that make the job easy.
The first, below, is created with a paper napkin, which would look fabulous in a bright color or in a decorative print.
Add a few candles and you are good to go.
The clever napkin design above is more complicated and suitable for cloth napkins. On chocolate brown pottery or shiny black dishes? Stunning!