By: John Hunt
I love to welcome friends and family into my home for the winter holidays. It is one of the true gifts of the season; decorating my house and sharing it with others. Whether it be Christmas or New Years, nothing warms the heart and soul like togetherness. And though the weather outside MAY be frightful, there is always warmth and cheer in a well-dressed holiday table. Here are some ideas and tips which hopefully will get your creative juices stirring!
This French Country-Inspired setting plays heavily on natural elements and welcomes guests with topiaries, moss-filled pots, pears, and chrysanthemums. A simple wreath adorns the back of each chair, and place cards hang from miniature boxwoods. A pitcher of breadsticks completes the look!
Ahhhh…chartreuse! A favorite color, with it’s warmth and vibrancy. A favorite color of nature as well! Greet guests at the door with a festive swag of mixed greens, ornaments, and chartreuse ribbons at the door, and continue the theme onto the dinner table. A chartreuse hydrangea and apple place card at each setting add to the charm.
A soothing mix of blue, silver, and white lends an air of class to this table setting and buffet. A silver pinecone with a simple greenery and ribbon treatment makes a wonderful place card. The same pinecone and greenery treatment is echoed on the buffet with added bead garland. A long centerpiece of greenery, serving pieces, and ornaments completes the look.
Red and white transferware is mixed with rustic elements in this tablescape. The elegant toile pattern is paired with silver flatware, crystal stemware, and rustic woven chargers. The centerpiece of greens and pinecones is lit with many different sizes of candles, all nestled in a galvanized container. A Christmas ornament nestles in a silver cup of moss; A pomegranate wears a greeting of joy….or is that a guest’s name?
The woods come indoors for this woodsy tablescape. Different heights of freshly-
sawn wood are arranged with a myriad of varied candleholders. Moss and pinecones about the table add to the rustic charm. At each setting, an evergreen clipping wears the name of the guest on simple shipping tabs. In a nearby fireplace, candles flicker among galvanized containers and greenery.