We tapped Camille Styles, Target Home Style Expert, for her smart and affordable holiday table tricks.

cayne table setting
Photography by Melanie Acevedo
| Credit: Photography by Melanie Acevedo

1. Don't buy all new stuff

"I usually lay a neutral foundation with sturdy pieces I already own, then add fun seasonal details to make every year's gathering feel fresh," says Camille Styles, Target Home Style Expert. "Simple, stackable white plates are great to have in your collection for every season, and at Thanksgiving, they allow for the food to take center stage," Styles says. "The same goes for Threshold's speckled farmhouse ceramics – they're my favorite pieces this season because they look and feel homemade and timeless, like family heirlooms that you'll use for years to come." 

2. Give your centerpiece some life

"In the fall and winter, I love to bring the outdoors in by using beautiful leaves, berries, and acorns in my centerpieces. Sometimes I'll add a farmer's market vibe by filling a bowl with pomegranates, winter squash, and pears."

cayne brunch party
This pretty spread is from Alison Cayne's Black Friday brunch. a href="https://www.rachaelraymag.com/real-life/how-to-host-a-black-friday-brunch"Get the menu and garland how-to here/a!
| Credit: Photography by Melanie Acevedo

3. Don't go DIY crazy

"I usually leave my 'DIYing' to handwritten place cards and an easy centerpiece made of leaves and berries. I'll usually buy the rest of my decorative pieces, so I can focus my attention on all the holiday cooking!" Styles says.

4. Seek out functional items that work year-round

"If there's one item I'd recommend adding to your entertaining collection this season, it would be a great pitcher or a pretty beverage dispenser for serving batched cocktails," she says. "Everyone loves a festive spiked punch, especially around the holidays. The best part is that guests can help themselves so I'm not playing bartender all night!"