8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

When you take a little more care with setting your table around the holidays, it is not only a special gift to your guests but it can set the tone for a memorable celebration! At our house, there’s nothing more perfect for setting a festive mood than a cozy mix of rustic with a bit of glam. The decor doesn’t have to be over the top, simplicity can be beautiful! The rustic takes a bit of the stuffiness out of the glam and the glimmer adds a bit of class. It’s fun to celebrate around a pretty a holiday table (whether it’s for Thanksgiving or Christmas!).

Everyone is happy when they are celebrating, right?

Here are eight easy ideas I used to create the cozy glam ambience!

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

1. Add special little details to create interest and conversation around the table. Mix in ornaments, decor and seasonal elements to your centerpiece. I used a metal napkin ring as a cute base for a little DIY glittery pinecone tree! Just set the pinecone on top of the napkin ring, easy peasy!

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

2. Wreaths are not just for doors, use them to create a festive focal point in the center of a table.

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

3. A pedestal cake plate can elevate food, candles or other decorative and practical elements to just the right hight for an eye-catching centerpiece (but not so high that you can’t have a great conversation across the table!). The centerpiece has a tiered effect with the wreath and cake plate.

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

4. Mix and match natural and organic elements like wood and pinecones with soft linens in contrast to shinier material like glitter, glass and gold for a perfect blend of holiday glam and cozy rustic.

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

5. Layer plates for a more dramatic presentation. Here I paired a gold-rimmed glass dinner and salad plate with gold glass basket weave chargers. Notice how you can see through the glass plates, maximizing the design of the charger below.

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

6. Dress up your buffet and console tables to spread the mood throughout the room. You can use a simple strand of amber glimmer strings to add sparkle and leave room for your favorite dishes, and create more drama with these oversized frosted pinecones and beautiful branches with snowy pinecones on a table or in a favorite container.

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

7. Add softness and create a more cozy winter mood with plaid pillows on chairs.

8 Tips for a Cozy Glam Holiday Tablescape

8. Use what you have! Collect basic elements that will be a beautiful addition to any table all year round. The gold polka dot table runner (we used it on our fall outdoor table!) and cloth napkins feel fresh and pretty for every holiday and can mixed and matched with other seasonal pieces. The gold rimmed plates, napkin rings and wine glasses can also be used year round with a different mix of linens and accent pieces.

What is your favorite mix for a holiday table? 

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Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party
I ‘m SO happy it is FALL! As we have been working on getting settled into our new house over the past couple of weeks, the one thing I keep thinking about is how much I enjoy my fall routines. I feel like we moved in  just in time to nestle in and enjoy everything I love about fall.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

A couple of weeks ago, with everything still feeling a little (understandably) disarrayed with my furniture and belongings inside the house, I decided a fall picnic outside in the park was in order! Even though I am really enjoying arranging the house (and can’t wait to show you another room vision post!), getting outside on a sunny day was the perfect experience celebrate the beginning of fall.

How could you not be inspired in nature, seeing the first leaves start to change and fall and feeling that first chill in the air? If you are a fall-lover like me, you probably love being outside as much as possible in this season. It’s perfect and you want to savor it.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

In a glorious spot near us at a local park (Discovery Park) there’s an old rustic picnic table and benches under a twisted old tree that has been just begging us to come and enjoy a fall picnic.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

The park overlooks the water and is filled with gorgeous trees. The whole setting is just perfect for a rustic fall outdoor gathering. “Don’t mind if we do,” we said to ourselves as my daughter Courtney and I packed up a couple of tote bag with crackers, cheese, salami, grapes, apple cider and some fun fall accessories for what we decided would be a “small plate picnic.” Pier 1 had sent us a gift card and invited us to set up a fall party, so how could we resist? This is our kind of fun, we could not have been more excited to get this party started!

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

The setting was breathtaking, the rustic old table was inviting and the accessories were a most charming and irresistible backdrop for our humble picnic.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party
Small plate parties are my favorite for informal or impromptu events like this picnic. I’ve been using small plates for several of my most recent gatherings because they set a fun ambience and create an intentional theme out of simple nibbles and bites that you can pick up easily at the market.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

Crackers, dips and spreads, and appetizers seem extra gourmet and festive with special small plates. I was delighted to find the prettiest wood plates for our picnic at Pier 1, the perfect rustic touch. I know I’ll use these plates all fall, I just love them!

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

We wanted to bring a few accessories to set the rustic festive tone of the table, so we selected a darling wood lantern, the small wood plates, a chalkboard ice bucket (we forgot our chalk, but it’s still cute!) and organic accessories for texture like wood handled forks and knives, a marble trivet, and a woven placement.

To add a fun bit of personality, we fell in love with a gold polka dot runner and navy cloth napkins (that won’t blow away in a gust of wind!). To bring a contrasting shine to the wood small plates, we found hammered copper mugs that so cool! And perfect for drinking our cider. The battery-operated copper Glimmer String added fun pops of light across the table, even on a bright sunny day.

The table looked so charming, people kept stopping as they walked by to see what we were doing! Everyone was delighted by the table, it just goes to show that a little effort and style makes people happy and will draw people into conversation even at a public park. We met so many lovely people who became like new friends at our table.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party
Here are five easy steps for hosting your own Autumn Small Bites Party:

1. Select a pretty setting or location for your party.
2. Gather fall accessories and small plates to set your table.
3. Set out an assortment of finger appetizers and fall drinks.
4. Set the mood with an inspiring playlist.
5. Relax and enjoy time around the table.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

Pier 1 had the perfect accessories for our fall picnic, and I know you’ll see the prettiest touches for your fall gatherings there, too. You’ll find beautiful and garland to decorate your home and door, too, so whether you are hosting inside or outside this fall, have fun setting the tone! Your guests will love it and you will, too.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

Here’s a close up look of the accessories we used for our picnic! Aren’t they just adorable? You’ll find the direct links to the products below.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

If you want to host an autumn gathering of your own, you can find all the accessories you’ll need at Pier 1, including these items from our party:

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We created a playlist with songs we’d enjoy for a relaxing fall evening outside, feel free to use it for your own party. Check out our playlist above or

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I hope you have the opportunity to get outside this fall and celebrate the beauty of the season! I’ll be back tomorrow with another room tour!

 

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