Entertaining over the holidays? Putting together a festive dining room table is an easy way to create a warm and joyful setting for your celebrations.

“In a world of haste, taking the time and effort to lay a beautiful table adds to the festive mood of any occasion and makes the event even more special,” New York-based textile designer Michael Devine says.

Known for his hand-printed fabrics and fine home furnishings, Devine recommends a classic tartan tablecloth as a colorful base for your holiday table. He plans to use a red one this season.

“I wanted to do a classical Christmas that harkened back to Scotland and the traditions that have been upheld there for generations,” Devine says. “Tartan prints are often passed down in families in the U.K. At Christmastime, I like to think of the generations upon generations that have come together to celebrate the season.”

Set a beautiful table for your guests with his holiday suggestions.


(Neiman Marcus; Pier 1 Imports)

SPLURGE: Four five-piece twig flatware place settings ($300, neimanmarcus.com ), left. SAVE: Arbor 20-piece flatware set in silver ($99.95, pier1.com ).


(Scully & Scully; Crate & Barrel)

SPLURGE: Four Royal Copenhagen White Plain dinner plates ($220, scullyandscully.com ), left. SAVE: Four Olivia dinner plates ($107.80, crateandbarrel.com ).


(Ralph Lauren Home; Neiman Marcus)

SPLURGE: Four Duke dessert plates ($340, ralphlauren.com ), left. SAVE: Four New Traditional tartan salad/dessert plates ($98, neimanmarcus.com ).


(Williams-Sonoma; ScotlandShop)

SPLURGE: Classic tartan plaid tablecloth, 70 by 90 inches ($103.96, williams-sonoma.com ), left. SAVE: Rectangular plaid tablecloth in Stewart Royal, 58 by 70 inches ($48.93, scotlandshop.com ).


(Scully & Scully; r.h. ballard shop & gallery)

SPLURGE: Four eight-ounce Felicity wine glasses by William Yeoward ($612, scullyandscully.com ), left. SAVE: Four eight-ounce Artois wine glasses by La Rochere ($51.80, rhballard.com ).


(Ballard Designs; QVC)

SPLURGE: Set of three Suzanne Kasler vintage mini trees ($49, ballarddesigns.com ), left. SAVE: Set of three graduated bottle brush trees with decorations ($28.48, qvc.com ).

Designer and author Michael Devine (Courtesy of Michael Devine)