the majority of products seen here were loaned by my friends at Weston Table and gifted by my friends at Afloral For the first time in my 42 years, I can say that I’m hosting Christmas! And as a Jew, that’s a big deal. Ha but really, we are so excited to have Bill’s family up for a couple days and to celebrate altogether in our new home. Last year was the first time we celebrated at home (in the old house) but it was just the 3 of us so while wonderful in many ways, it wasn’t exactly the norm.
We’ll get to expand our EQ3 dining table for the first time (it’ll be an um, tight, fit) and given my love of all things tablescapes, I’m pretty darn excited to set said table! I put together a festive and laid-back design featuring an ombré floral canopy, something I was inspired to do when I came across this Over-the-Table Rod from Terrain months ago and this insanely beautiful mantel garland by Hello Flora (via Coco Kelley). It’s the floral version of dining under the stars…
t was all quite easy and decidedly imperfect…no need to make this hard on yourself. I set up the rod and got to work tying everything on with floral wire, using mostly dried, preserved + faux florals from Afloral with some fresh greenery mixed in. Did you catch my installation timelapse? For the tablescape itself, I used the most beautiful glassware, textiles, and ceramics from Weston Table. Farmhouse Pottery taper hurricane holders, Libeco Pacifico Linen Placemats that I used as napkins, Simon Pearce vintage style champagne/wine coupes and so much more!
Because the focal point is the install, I didn’t want anything too elaborate on the table. I’ve long been a fan of forming table runners with greenery or florals so I did just that with some faux holiday greens and I love how it came together.
So after designing dozens and dozens (and dozens) of tablescapes over the years, I’ve got some tips for creating a fun, festive, and not-too-fussy tablescape!
01. Stagger your plates. Place the salad plate a bit off center for a more bespoke look. 02. Make sure your guests can see each other so nothing too tall on the table! 03. Experiment with the location and presentation of the napkins. 04. Garnish the placesetting with greenery, florals, or herbs (in this case, I used thyme). 05. Think about other accents that add a whimsical touch, such as ribbons. 06. Don’t want to go faux? Foraging the day of in your yard or the woods is even better. 07. A beautiful tablescape is possible without any of what I used. You just need a little creativity!
While many of the Afloral products aren’t available anymore, they might come back in stock (or you can save them for next year!) so I’ve rounded up what I could (along with some similar options) plus everything from Weston Table below…
Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday!
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