When it comes to holiday décor, sometimes, more is more. If you're looking to add a touch of extravagance to your next winter gathering—and truly stun your guests—go high-contrast and bold with this sophisticated black-and-white setup, which allows the delicacies you bring to the table to really pop. If you're stumped on how to achieve an Instagram-worthy tableau, just follow these four steps and scroll through to shop our décor picks. Oh, and let the likes flood in.
1. Create a World
The key to getting this look right is to be utterly strict with the colors of your serving pieces, so stick to black, white, and gray. Line up marbleized bowls (we turned one upside down to vary the display height) next to cake stands, and tuck small bunches of white flowers, like anemones, in vases. Swirly-patterned balloons tied with matching baker's twine keep the mood from getting too serious.
2. Dish up the Delights
Tricky treats mean guesswork. Instead, go with a classically inspired spread that's simply rich and enticing. Cheese, prosciutto, dark red grapes, and ripe figs play beautifully within this color scheme, and it's the ideal theme for old-time favorites like black-and-white candy swizzle sticks and iced cookies. And, of course, it all works so well with both red and white wine.
3. Offer an Activity
A brimming bowl of letter beads plus a spool of cord spell good times. Invite guests to make bracelets—a crafty icebreaker!
4. Give Gifts to Go
Oversize chocolate bars are a decadent take-home treat, and the packaging from this Japanese variety adds an industrial-cool vibe to your display.
1. French Kitchen Marble Fruit Bowl
Crate & Barrel | $50
2. Medium Vessel
Tina Frey Designs | $85
3. Slate Cheese Board
Brooklyn Slate | $30
4. Grey Ebru Marble Ceramic Cookie Stand
Simple Life Istanbul | $125
5. Grey Ebru Marble Ceramic Serving Board
Simple Life Istanbul | $75
6. Melange Entertaining Plate
Kelly Wearstler | $295
7. Darice Alphabet Beads
Michaels | $5/160 pieces
8. Asher Black Tumbler
LSA | $20
9. Estetico Quotidiano Percolator
Seletti | $39
10. Old Fashioned Hard Candy Sticks
Candy Warehouse | $16/80 pieces
11. Marble Handmade Ceramic Bowl with Glossy Glaze
One & Many | $58
12. Black/White Marble Party Balloons
Knot & Bow | $10/set of 8
13. Habanero Salt Bar
Fine & Raw | $10
14. Fresh Homemade Black & White Cookies
Gimme Jimmy's Cookies | $20/dozen
15. Chocolate Bar
Royce | $8
16. Cotton Dinner Napkin
MyDrap | $30/12 napkins