During the winter months, I crave brightness. Some people call it seasonal affective disorder or some other fancy name, but I just know that by the end of December, I want bright, light and cheery. This need has manifested itself in different ways throughout my life ranging from an inherit need to dress in bright patterns during the winter months to turning on every light in the house come dusk. Fortunately for my electric bill, this year manifested in a need to create a bold and lively table setting for our anticipated New Year’s Day brunch.
Since most of our friends are parents of infants, a night of partying isn’t in the cards anymore. Instead, this year we have opted for a low-key New Year’s Day brunch. The gathering is low-key, informal social gathering where we all wear jeans, the wee ones are fed and placed to play on the shag rug and the occasional tiny dog or two a sneaked a treat of breakfast sausage under the table. The brunch is my idealized concept of effortless perfection and I wanted the table to reflect this mellow vibe. Think mellow but still fun as it’s still a party (even if sparkling cider is subbed for champagne for some members of the group). After all, it is the first “official” social gathering of our friends, so we have to set the tone for the remainder of the year!
To achieve this feeling, I opted to go with a non-traditional color palette – colors you would not typically find on a holiday table. Don’t get me wrong – I am a dude who loves all things shiny and silver. But when I tried it out a color scheme like that, it felt too stuffy for a brunch. So I opted for a palette that was zippy and straight out of a Technicolor dream: turquoise, purple and orange. This color scheme allowed me to do two things: (1) fulfill my innate need for punchy colors and (2) mix pieces from my collection that don’t necessarily “match”.
What I ended up with was a super-saturated table setting that let me run a bit wild. It’s fun, bright and I think I may have my first table setting “crush”…….
Here is a breakdown of the items used:
Tablecloth: 90in round cotton Crate & Barrel
Napkins: Pier One
Dishes: Plate and salad plate are from Anthropologie
Champagne Flutes: Clearance pieces from Ross Dress For Less
Juice Glasses: Pressed antique glass
Silverware: A combination of antique mother of pearl pieces & every day stainless steel flatware
Flower vases: Ikea drinking glasses
Centerpiece: Dollar Store, found branches and holiday ornaments & keepsakes
Mercury Candle Holders: Michael’s Craft
Tea lights: Ikea
Tomorrow, I will highlight the “big sister” version of this table setting……
PS: You can get a sneak peek of the Big Sister version if you visit the lovely ladies over at Living Livelier!