I recently become more interested in interior decorating when I began focusing on creating recipes and food styling recipe preparation for East End Taste. My first step in this process is styling my holiday table with place settings, dishwater, and napkins that I already own. We have had our Christmas dinnerware since 2011, or the Christmas after we got married. We rotate it in every season starting in late November and into mid January. I also have some really cute glass Christmas mugs that I purchase at Crate & Barrel when I was in graduate school.
These cooper coquettes that you see below are from Williams Sonoma as are the napkins holders. These are our first set of four napkins holders that we purchased. I like these particularly because you can use them all year round and match all of our place settings. The coquettes really add that touch of awe to the table setting.
You will see me creating new ‘Tablescapes’ throughout 2018. The focus will be on minimal accessories, incorporating small, rustic details and floral arrangements, and cloth napkins that standout. We only use cloth napkins at home though we do occasionally purchase bar napkins and decorative napkins for the holidays and for impromptu meals with friends. I will be on the hunt for tablecloths to mix it up with our table runner. The yule log makes for a great, quick centerpiece. We will then place it in front of our fireplace on Christmas Eve.
As guests are arriving, it is always a must that food is already presented on the table, whether it be a cheese plate, fruit display, or homemade appetizers and dips. I recently surprised my husband with Edible Arrangements, one of his favorite treats. When he was in medical school when we were still dating, I would ship over Edible Arrangements to him for his birthday, select weekends, and for his graduation. We would spend some of our Saturday and Sunday afternoons together snacking on the fresh fruit and chocolate dipped pineapple and strawberries.
Our daughter loved this arrangement as well! We taught her the name’s of Santa’s reindeer and sang Christmas songs together while spending the weekend in. This particular fruit basket is their Season’s Greetings Celebration that features melon wedges, grapes, reindeer shaped pineapple dipped in semisweet chocolate, strawberries, and more.
Be on the lookout for my next Tablescape story come March where I will go into more detail about each piece and how I chose that particular table setting.