START WITH A MODERN COLOUR PALETTE
Especially in an urban setting, a modern colour palette can be really fun to experiment with at the holidays. I chose to go with various shades of purple, using ribbon and various sized ornaments loosely strewn on the table. There is a regal nature to purple that is very fitting to the holidays. Other fun combinations to try include shades of navy and teal.
SHOP YOUR HOUSE
Almost everything on the table I had in storage. A decorative candy dish was instantly made into holiday decor by placing small ornaments in lieu of sweets. A large glass floral vase filled with ornaments adds instant glamour and height to the tablescape. Candle-holders, which I use year- round, add a lovely shimmer and glow so essential for a holiday party. Spools of ribbon that I had in storage can easily be re-used to wrap a gift after my party. Especially in a small space where storage is at a premium, being able to use items beyond a holiday context is a great strategy to maximize space.
LAYER AND VARY YOUR HEIGHTS AND TEXTURES
What makes a tablescape most interesting, holiday or non-holiday, is variety in texture and height. In this setting, I used flowers in a casual arrangement with leafy greens adding lots of height. The scale of the large Christmas balls provides great contrast and the entire arrangement is grounded by loosely strewn ribbon. I love the contrast of the glittery ornaments against the natural texture of the ribbons. Mixing your heights and textures keeps the entire spread visually interesting and sets a glamorous backdrop for your guests.
The holidays are a fun time to be whimsical. I picked up these adorable cocktail napkins in the check-out aisle on a recent client shopping trip. While I might not use these for the day-to-day, a little bit of humour and whimsy at the holidays is always appropriate.