Cool Blues
Jean Allsopp

Create a holiday tabletop with colors from a coastal palette.

By Julia Rutland

Cool Blues
Silver accents sparkle when paired with dinnerware in watery hues. Arzberg Tric Caribic plates, mug and saucer, and coffeepot, etabletop; 212/251-0621 or Silver pinecone, Still Life Gifts; 800/211-2511 or e-mail

Natural Neutrals
Texture―from smooth mother-of-pearl to rough pebbles―adds interest to a soft, white setting. Odeon Platinum Tone dinnerware, Target; 800/591-3869 or Black Shagreen flatware, Asiaphile; 818/550-1450 or Twig and round white napkin rings, salt and pepper shakers, and mercury-glass votives, At Home Furnishings; 205/879-3510. The Fish sea horse napkin ring, Bijoux de la Mer; White Stone table runner, Viva Terra; 800/233-6011 or Candleholders, Michael Aram; 212/461-6903 or

Sea Greens
Who needs red? Gleaming emerald barware elevates ordinary holiday entertaining. Ice bucket and tongs, Table Matters; 866/861-0125 or Cipriani green cordial glass, Vietri; Facet glasses in Green, Champagne flutes, and "crystal" stopper, Slant; TranSglass vase and three cups, Artecnica; Bottle opener, At Home Furnishings; 205/879-3510.

Bold Black and White
Go for drama with starkly contrasting plates and accessories. Hammered-metal accents complement the theme. Seychelles Black dinnerware, Philippe Deshoulieres; Solar Palazzo napkins, Dransfield & Ross; 212/741-7278 or Fish plate, Jonathan Adler; 800/963-0891 or Votives, Beach Dwelling; 800/941-9690 or

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