There are few holidays that inspire more decorating excitement than Christmas! From the shop windows to the fireplace mantle and everywhere in between, I just love seeing what beautiful and unique ways others are celebrating the holiday season!!
Such splendor in this statue draped in cedar and pine boughs with pine cones and ribbon. This year, I will keep in mind the advice of Emily Thompson, flower designer of the above,"Everything is so maxi-malist at the holidays, there's beauty in being pared down."
Oh Christmas Tree……
What a beautiful impression these potted Christmas trees make in these antique French Biot jars! Any pot placed just inside an entry or flanking veranda doors with tall, slender spruce trees would be stunningl!!
I love this tree for so many reasons! Foregoing the traditional stand and skirt, the pot the tree is planted in becomes a design feature! The ‘frosted’ branches (DIY for less than $10 here!) and use of limited colors looks so vintage. My favorite part? Storing the gifts in these cute metal tubs; keeping them off of the floor and organized by recipient!!!
When it comes to Christmas décor, you are not limited to boughs of holly alone. Consider wrapping your tree in garlands of grevellea and cedar boughs mixed with Queen Anne's lace, chamomile and bird's nest accents such as this one designed by Emily Thompson.
The Holiday Table…
Whether a sit down dinner or buffet is on your agenda this year, the holiday table is my favorite part of holiday decorating. Maybe it’s because this is where friends and family gather together to celebrate what Christmas and the Holidays are all about.
A beautiful example in layering, this place setting begins with a natural rattan charger. The colored napkin, folded into a rectangle, adds a pop of color between the salad and dinner plates while a petite boxwood wreath completes the stack. A pretty, coordinating ribbon holds the name tag and welcomes guests to the seat they’ll look forward to having!
If simple is more your style this year, try stacking the utensils and napkin atop your dishes. In keeping with the basic theme, a natural woven napkin ring accented with branches of winter wheat and berries makes a lovely touch without being too fussy!
This settings main focus is all about the wrapping! Tied to each guests fork and knife with jute and laid on top of a modest evergreen clipping, this would be an elegant and easy creation for a large gathering. Etsy has great handmade, calligraphy tags like these for $1.50ea!!
Another pretty example, mix in a sprig of cinnamon for a place at the table that inspires all of the senses!
I absolutely adore these standing napkin trees! Topped instead with a handmade snow globe ring (tutorial here!) and you have a table setting and favor sure to impress your guests!! So cute!!!
For the holiday buffet, stack rolled napkins instead of laying them flat for a pretty ‘tree’ effect! In place of the napkin ring, use fresh greenery tied with florists tape and accented with a miniature ornament adds such a pretty organic touch!
The Kids Table …
Christmas is a magical time for all, especially children. Below are some of my favorite ideas for making it extra special!!
What a wonderful way to make the kids table entertaining! Basic brown paper (you can buy at the paint store) set with festive red and white accents and an activity checklist makes eating apart from the adults more fun than ever!
How cute is this to fill these dollar store stockings with utensils! Napkins can also be included in each ‘pouch’ for easy toting and use!
This would be wonderful to include at the place setting for each child! Entertaining them during dinner, they could draw their favorite Christmas scene! At the end of the meal, because they have been perfect angles, they could open their specially wrapped gift!!
I know this isn’t about the Christmas table but I felt this idea was too cute not to share!! These personalized sacks from Santa are straight out of a children’s Christmas dream! Created by London based company Harrow & Green, upgrade from the standard stocking and use this custom sack for years to come!
For even more Segreto Style Christmas inspiration, check out my pinterest board here! I hope all of you my friends have a wonderful Christmas or holiday season with your family, friends, and loved ones! I wish you all health, joy, happiness and love during the holidays and in the New year!!
For your last minute holiday buys, spend the afternoon at Longoria Collection December 17th! I will be signing copies of Segreto Style from 11am to 2pm and admiring all of their amazing home and beauty selections! I hope to see you there!
If you get the chance, check out my sweet friend, Karena at her wonderful blog, The Arts by Karena! where she did such a great feature on our new book!! We'd also like to send a big thank you to Chateau Domingue for their wonderful piece on Segreto Style, they have so many beautiful items featured in our pages; take a look here! I can't thank them enough for the gift of her kind words!!
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