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Holiday Table 2018

Updated: Feb 22, 2019

Natalie Myers in front of the holiday themed table setting

Every year I try to put together a holiday table. Some years are more elaborate than others. But they all serve the same purpose - a one and done attitude. I just don't have it in me to do a different themed table setting for Thanksgiving, then Channukah, then Christmas. Its just too much. With a few small tweaks; the same set of dishes - napkins - tablecloth - etc.- can serve for any and all occasions.

View of table top including lighting

This year I'm taking it one more step towards relaxed -- buffet style serving. Genius. Forget individual table setting with personalized name card. Nah. I'm into a stack of dishes, a pile of matte black flatware; everyone grab your own and serve yourself. A nice cheese platter on a large wood tray ready to go. Plenty of wine. It leaves more time for socializing.

View of tabletop showing cheese platter

The reason this table concept came to me is that we won't be hosting many a sit down dinner this season. Instead, there will a progressive dinner for the neighborhood (about 100 people passing through for a soup and salad course before the next course at the next neighbors house) and larger casual parent group for a Channukah celebration. I want to host and yet still have it feel special and thoughtful.

View of table top showing cheese platter and glassware

Birds eye view of the table top

Its nice to start off with the good stuff like the cheese platter (of course) and dessert.

Detail shot of napkin stacks

Detail shot of glassware

Displaying your pretty cloth napkins, designer dishes, flatware, and wine glasses in clusters so people feel free to grab them, but also get the sense that you brought out the good stuff and not paper plates sets the right tone. Using a table runner and not a formal tablecloth also sets the tone.

View of sideboard in dining room

View of flower arrangement on table

I like to pepper the table with foraged natural elements like pampas grass, seasonal wood garland, persimmons, gourds for Thanksgiving and then pine cones for Christmas, and eucalyptus. Along with my vintage goodies.

Wide angle view of holiday decked dining room

Easy, casual, pretty. This may become the new normal around here. You may have noticed the new light fixture from Lamps Plus. I installed it to elevate the dining room and make it feel more special for the holidays. Its not something everyone can do, but I do believe adding the glam factor around this time of year with a permanent light fixture takes off the pressure from making it glam for a temporary installation and then you can rest easy for years to come. Just my two cents. Happy Holidays.

View into dining room from the entry showing wood table with black chairs


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