It’s that time of year again. The air is crisp, the weather is changing and friends and families are gathering around the table to feast for the holidays. Celebrate the season with these festive table decorating ideas that are sure to inspire your guests to get into the spirit.

For a dinner party that feels both approachable and special, balance formal elements with more laid-back ones. Think of a high-low mix with more casual, farmhouse chic pieces, like striped linens, wooden dinner plates and makeshift vases. Think wine bottles or glass jars that can hold your décor.

If mixing prints is more your vibe, combining tartan patterns, cinnamon candy, classic holiday motifs and a pattern-packed tablecloth makes for a festive setting full of personality.

The other end of the spectrum uses monochrome décor, which completely sidesteps the usual red and green. Mixing metals of gold and silver with porcelain plates gorgeously evokes winter, making for an upscale and sleek holiday setting.

Are you hosting a nondenominational holiday gathering? Then you’ll definitely want to bring out the winter theme with sheepskin throws, blue-gray candles and a simple linen table runner. For a splash of color, add garland around the entryway or window for a woodsy, wintertime twist.

Using natural materials like pine branches, eucalyptus or even trees is a great way to bring the outdoors in. Add in some fresh greens in unusual containers, like wine goblets.

Lastly, add a touch of holly leaves to napkin rings or add garland as a runner, and you’ve got a basic but beautiful Christmas-inspired table.

With so many great ways to decorate, all that’s left is to get creative! Have fun with it!