Hope Christmas was a fantastic and wonderful time for each of you! I enjoyed a low-key and relaxing holiday with The Partner at the condo in Oakland where we had a hearty breakfast, opened presents, played with Scruffy and then had an awesome dinner of Butternut Squash & Pear Soup, Ribeye Steaks with Whiskey Sauce, Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Parsnips & Carrots and Brandied Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream as well as a signature Christmas cocktail; the Greyhound which consists of St. George Botanical Gin, grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Overall, it was the perfect dinner…… Since my mind is on dining, I thought it would be nice to do a little stroll down memory lane to look at the tablescapes I created this year……
I loved the non-traditional color scheme of this table. The brown and pink combo was unexpected but totally appropriate for this lover’s holiday.
Upcycled Chic Tablescape
I challenged myself to take the components of an existing tablescape and upcycle them into something new. What started out as my New Year’s Brunch table was morphed into an Asian inspired tablescape suitable for any occasion.
This was my favorite tablescape of the year. I was in love with the paisley pattern and the pastel palette. Totally unexpected for Easter but totally appropriate, this tablescape still makes me smile months later.
Mother’s Day Tea
I traditionally love modern place settings with a geometric pattern. However, for Mother’s Day I opted to use a more traditional tea service but still threw in modern elements like the boldly banded plate and the Vallerysthal glassware.
Halloween Dinner Party
Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”, the Halloween tablescape was a mix of gothic and modern with feather chargers, mini gargoyles and beautiful black and white china. I think the restrained color scheme of black, white, grey and a burst of purple was the perfect backdrop to carry this theme.
Thanksgiving Family Dinner
Purple and gold reign supreme for this Thanksgiving tablescape. It’s rich, lush and bountiful – exactly the feelings I wanted to convey for this holiday of abundance and sharing. I am still quite fond of the centerpiece and the different flowers and fruits I used to create its textural quality.
Chinoise Christmas Chic
This most recent tablescape was a celebration of my family’s approach to our pan-Asian Christmas. It borrowed design elements across various Asian cultures but linked them together through a traditional color scheme of red and white. This tablescape is also the most meaningful since it was the one I did for the Nate Berkus Show.
New Year’s Dinner
The greek key tablecloth is what does it for me in this tablescape. Combined with the super simple centerpiece (coffee filter wreath, a dozen purple carnations and crystal candlesticks), this tablescape was simple yet sophisticated. It was the perfect setting to ring in the new year.
I won’t be setting a table for NYE this year as The Partner and I have been invited to a dear friend’s house in wine country to usher in the new year. Truth be told, I will miss setting the table a bit but what is really important isn’t what’s on the table, but who is at the table. I am grateful that you all have allowed me this year to share my random thoughts on tablescaping with you and appreciate your support and feedback.
So what are your NYE plans? Dinner and toasting in the new year or a low-key evening in your PJs watching the ball drop?