Holiday Entertainment

Creating a holiday table can be fun and inspirational. You are not only setting the table for the presentation of the meal but also setting the ambiance for friends and family to enjoy food, drink, and each other. We love developing a table that is both comforting and beautiful. Enjoy the following pages as we showcase some ideas that can inspire your own holiday table and one that represents your own sense of style.

This holiday tabletop design is based upon an eclectic combination of dinnerware, mixing clean modern pieces with textural classics, and splashes of elegant sparkle. Soft splashes of burnished golds, warm silvers and shades of creams combine for an elegant and natural feel. Be sure to collaborate closely with your florist to choose the right balance of flowers and greenery for your table – and don’t feel like you need to spend a fortune, either. We created the base of our table runner using sheet moss, and scattered seasonal elements and jute wrapped candles throughout. Working with Beverly Walker of The Flower Stand, we created a centerpiece using a fresh artichoke as the vessel for a delicate arrangement created for each place setting. Not only does this create a balance of earthy organic texture, but also serves as a wonderful gift for your guests at the end of the evening.

The subtle shimmer and layering of linens enhances the festive and naturally elegant ensemble. We alternated silver and gold threaded Turkish napkins at each place setting – don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns, textures, colors, and styles. Choose décor for your sideboards or buffet that enhance your setting, but that don’t encumber your ability to serve food or properly cater to your guests. If needed, be sure to always edit and leave room for plenty of fabulous food and drink!

Wishing you the very best this holiday season. Find those special treasures and share them with your loved ones and close friends, nourishing your guests both visually and gastronomically. Special touches and attention to the smallest details create lasting, memorable occasions.


Lisa McDennon is an award-winning interior designer based in Laguna Beach.

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