Okay…this year, as usual, I am way into setting the holiday table for my family Christmas Eve dinner. I usually gather a lot of things and flowers and greenery and play it by ear on the day of dinner. This year, I decided to do a Christmas tabletop rehearsal! Who does that? Right? Well now I do! The reason…my holiday tabletop settings in year’s past have looked more like holiday wedding dinner tables…click here to see last year’s holiday table. This year I want the table to say CHRISTMAS all the way!
I did get a little help from my friends on this holiday tablescape. Via Facetime, when I was veering towards a blue and white table, best of friend AM suggested red plaid napkins. And then, I ran into my design friend Tom Newman at the store and he helped me pick out the crystal.
Anyhoooo…so I ran over to the COCOCOZY offices in Beverly Hills this morning with our marketing social media Director VS. I and lugged 4 of everything to our COCOCOZY Headquarters to set up a mock dining table. This means I can figure out what extra I need to make this year’s table just perfect. Well, first off, I forgot to lug wine glasses and forgot some plates and some of the other decorative items but essentially I was able to pull together a decent enough rehearsal to know what I will be doing in 2 days.
Here is what I brought with me for the tabletop dress rehearsal:
1. Linen table cloth
2. Striped Runner
3. Safari Branches – 1 bunch
4. 1 Small wreath
5. Silver chargers
6. Grandmother’s silverware – The back of the silverware is monogrammed with my Grandmother’s initials!
7. Crystal goblets (forgot the crystal wine glasses at home!)
9. Votive candles and hurricane lantern
10. Anything silver I could find
11. Red plaid napkins
12. Silver napkin rings
My actual dinner party table for Christmas Eve will seat 11 people – 5 down either side and one at the end. What I realized is with this rehearsal is that I will need a lot more greenery, more hurricanes, more silver items and more votives to fill out the table. Take a look and let me know what you think? My time is running out, so let me know!
Here is a video of me and VS this morning. I am wearing the sparkle navy sweater…VS is in the camel!
Happy Holidays! I am off to get the rest of the decor items…and some small takeaway gifts for each guest. Then I’ve got to shop for my meal. So much to do…so little time! I’m off and running!
P.S. Feel free to share these images with a friend who may be in need of a little holiday inspiration!
Photos: All photos and styling in this post by Coco of COCOCOZY