Christmas Table Setting

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I actually get giddy with excitement when setting a Christmas dinner table. It makes me feel full of joy – anticipating the gathering of loved ones, food and laughter that is to come.

We have dinner later in the day, around 5pm, so tons of candles are a must for lighting ambiance. I have a drawer full of white candles on hand in different heights at all times, to be able to use throughout the year – pillars, tapers, and tealight candles. I like to use an assortment to create interest and movement throughout the tablescape.

Every year I come up with a color scheme and flower selection for the day, this year it was red white and green, using a combination of white roses and red ranunculus.

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Each guest went home with a Godiva Chocolate Favor. The gold box and red satin ribbon were packaged so beautifully that I made it part of the table design, by placing a box on top of each dinner plate.

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Nature Inspired Holiday Gift Wrap

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The presentation of your gifts can be just as exciting as what’s inside. During the holidays, I like to amp up my gift wrapping, since the presents can double as holiday decor as they sit under the tree awaiting Christmas morning!

Nature-themed packaging is perfect for celebrating the season. This year, I was inspired by a beautiful faux white birch wood wrapping paper found at my local Homegoods store. You can find a similar wrapping paper here. I tied each gift up in luxurious red satin ribbon from Paper Source, one of my all time favorite stores. To finish off the design, I added various pine cone and red berry embellishments purchased at my local Michaels store.

You can be creative with gift toppers by searching around your own garden, a local flower mart, or even foraging around the neighborhood park. If you prefer to dry the fresh finds, you can hang them upside down in a dark room for a few days.

How will you be wrapping your holiday gifts this season?

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Christmas Flower Arrangement

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! This festive holiday centerpiece is a mixture of white roses, white peony, red ranunculus, red anemone (which looks similar to a poppy flower), and red berries.

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I absolutely love creating flower arrangements, I find putting them together to be so therapeutic, and the beautiful outcome is always rewarding. Don’t be intimidated – you can’t really mess up with flowers – they will remain incredibly gorgeous no matter how you place them! Keep in mind that a table centerpiece should never block guests’ views of each other during the holidays or gatherings, so use a low container. In this photo I used an oblong glass rectangular vase, a local Homegoods find.

How will you be decorating your holiday table this year?

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