End the year of entertaining with a table setting that doesn’t rely on perishable flowers. Put the pieces in place on December 1 and let it ride through every cocktail party, holiday open house, Hanukkah or Christmas celebration the month throws at you.
Essentials: Larger gatherings might necessitate supplementing your supply of plates and glasses. Rather than worry about everything matching, embrace an eclectic look. If your existing dinnerware is white, hunt the shelves of thrift stores for vintage china to mix in. If you use stoneware, do the same but look for metallics or plain white to offer contrast.
Add-ons: Rely on decor that can be interchangeable with the type of party you’re hosting. A string of battery-operated mini lights can run down the length of the table for a sit-down meal or nestle around serving dishes on a buffet during an open house. Fill a bowl with vintage Christmas ornaments, colorful glass balls, or even holiday cards. You can add the battery operated twinkling lights inside the glass container along with the ornaments you choose.
For a cocktail party or open house, use the bowl as a centerpiece. For a dinner party, pull the ornaments from the bowl and place one at each setting. I love giving ornaments as gifts the guests take home as a reminder of the gathering.
Smart Tip: Play up the glow from the lights with metallic serving vessels. Think: small silver dishes filled with pistachios, dried fruit, and small chocolates. You’ll get shine and texture on your table, and your guests will get a little treat. Small mirrors under candles or lights double the sparking effect.
Happy entertaining this holiday season!