Pass the Pretty, Please

PASS THE PRETTY, PLEASE And just like that, the season of celebration and festivity is here. Most important is the time spent with those around the holiday table, but why not go all out when it comes to what’s on the table? We speak not of food (but please, no skimping there), we’re talking décor. Show guests you’re host extraordinaire with all the bonhomie and panache of those who style life professionally. We’ve assembled a pantheon of designers to share what their holiday table is incomplete without:


Fete Home Pomegranates
Something Fruitful:
“Small groupings of fresh flowers in festive bud vases, like these from Fete Home. Big floral centerpieces can be beautiful but often discourage cross-talk among dinner guests, and these don’t require a professional florist!” -Nick Olsen/Nick Olsen Inc.


Starry Print Placemat
Something Glittery:
“I like to use gold chargers and pretty placemats instead of a tablecloth, which can get dirty too easily and make for extra bulky washing, and no one wants extra laundry at the holidays! I adore the starry print ones from my collection in gold- neutral but festive!” -Erin Gates/Erin Gates Design & Elements of Style Blog


00Something Green: “Every holiday table needs a good dose of greenery, and magnolia leaves are a fixture in our holiday decor. Investing in good quality, faux garlands or branches make for impactful table arrangements that can be used from year to year.” – Dan Mazzarini/BHDM Design


Something Festive: “Get fun and festive with beautiful embroidered placemats and linens…and make sure you don’t forget the cocktail napkins!” -Jessica Schuster/Jessica Schuster Design


Crystal From Sofina

Something Bright: “My holiday table would not be complete without the super fabulous crystal from Sofina in Austria. I love the bright color and the fun skiers on it – instantly sets the mood!” – Harry Heissmann/Harry Heissmann Inc.

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