Holiday tablescapes need not always feature red and green, holly and fir. Mix it up this year with rich jewel tones and festive fruit and flowers.

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Pack this gorgeous Astier de Villatte footed bowl with oasis and pile in seasonal fruit and flowers and branches from the garden. Then use the matching footed cups as bud vases and scatter them beneath. The bowl can also do double holiday duty as a fabulous receptacle for Champagne punch or eggnog accompanied by the same faceted cups.

We love all of the blue-and-white porcelain pieces from And George, but we are especially fond of this pair of blue and white urns. Put them on a mantle or a sideboard filled with kumquat or camellia branches, or go for armloads of fragrant rosemary or the more traditionally festive holly.

This amber glass vase has a mouth made for floppy French tulips or one or two tall and dramatic branches.

This pair of Chinese porcelain vases from Corzine & Co. can be mixed with others on a table filled with a sprig or two of berries or a stem of fragrant narcissus.

Mix pieces of Vieuxtemps’ gorgeous fruit (the peach is pictured here, but there’s also a pear and some cherries) with the real thing for lovely tabletop landscape.

About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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