December 2018

Table to mantel, tips for a casual holiday home

In preparation for the holidays, we partnered with Amanda Saiontz Gluck, creator of Fashionable Hostess to get some tips and inspiration for decorating and casual entertaining. This is what she suggests:

Christmas falls on a Tuesday this year, which means that my family will be flying into town and spending the weekend prior to the holiday at my home.

In anticipation of houseguests, I want to be prepared with a casual seasonal table setting to entertain family and friends for lunches and dinners over the weekend. Something casual, festive, and fun that won’t compete with the special spread that I planned for the actual holiday celebration on the 25th. 

I set this pre-holiday table with Garnet Hill’s Sintra Stoneware Salad and Dinner Plates for a relaxed dining experience. I love the hand-formed shapes. They lend a rustic look to the table, and I paired them with Relaxed-Linen Napkins in red for a bold pop of holiday color.

For the centerpiece, I arranged a mix of Bottle Brush Trees and Knit Holiday Trees from the Garnet Hill holiday collection. They add texture and unlike flowers, these evergreen trees will last all season and for years to come.

In the background, I hung the Preserved Boxwood Wreath. I used a Command Strip to safely hang it without damaging the dining-room doors. To complement the evergreen look, I draped Preserved Cypress Garland along the buffet table.

And for a playful finishing touch, I nestled “Days till Christmas” ChatterBlocks® in the greenery, so the children could have fun swapping out the numbers and counting down to the Big Day. An imaginative alternative to an Advent calendar.

Moving on to the living room and fireplace mantel, I hung Garnet Hill’s Woolen Stockings. Hand-knit to resemble colorful ski sweaters, they are adorable. I had my set personalized with my family’s names for a custom, nostalgic touch.

Again, to mimic the look of the dining room, I hung another Preserved Boxwood Wreath above my mantel (Command Strips are your wall’s best friends and they make hanging decorations easy). This time, I draped the Preserved Cypress Garland on the mantel. I love these pieces, because they are actually real preserved greenery; faux wreaths and garlands can look so fake. 

I added some quirky Winter Birds throughout the display for a little whimsy and fun. My kids love them!

Bring on the guests! I’m looking forward to hosting and enjoying the season over the long weekend. Thank you to Garnet Hill for partnering and making my entertaining a success.

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