Welcome to Table Ta-Da!, where our art director, Alexis Anthony, shares tips and tricks (along with a little fairy dust) to help you create a wow-worthy table, whether you're serving two people or 20. Cue the oohs and ahhs...
Dust off your party dress and break out your dancing shoes—we're getting ready to boogie! It's time to pull out all the stops for your holiday shindig, from the cocktails to the menu, and a seriously over the top table.
This opulent backdrop is a scene-stealer, for sure, but definitely one you can easily recreate at home. Watch Alexis Anthony show you how it's done, then follow her tips below to give it a try in your own home!
Break Out Those Heirlooms
Do you have an assortment of passed-down treasures that, if we're being honest, just sits around for most of the year? Let this be their time to shine. Give them prime real estate on your dining table. Fill any bowls or dishes with nuts, candy, and assorted fruit. Extra patina, welcome.
Be a Mix Master
Of metals, that is. Shining things (especially those with added patina), bring not only warmth but a touch of glam to any table. "Don't feel like you have follow any traditional 'rules' about mixing different metallics together," assured Alexis. And don't be afraid to DIY your own creations too. Here, a quick spritz with gold spray paint turns ordinary walnuts into objets d'art.
Rethink Traditional Colors
The holiday might be dominated by some key colors (red and green, we're looking at you), but consider other, unexpected palettes. "I love jewel tones for the holiday," says Alexis. "I also like choosing one strong color and running with it." For this look she's using blue as her grounding color, complemented by other beautiful, richer tones.
Speaking of rich hues, hit up your grocer or farmers market, and take a look around: There should be plenty of inspiring, seasonal colors. Ruby red pomegranates, inky grapes, pears with a perfect blush, vivid satsumas with the stems still attached—an artist would be challenged to recreate a more colorful scene!
Spruce It Up
Go ahead and snip some branches off of your abundant Christmas tree (no one will notice, we promise) and insert them into your holiday table. "You don't need fancy flowers here," says Alexis. "Just a little bit of nature coming through, like some pine or some fir, will make everything feel down-to-earth."
How do you like to dress up a holiday table? Share your secrets with us below!