Simple Holiday Table Idea: A Casual and Festive Christmas Open House

Host a classic open house with modern menswear touches this Christmas season, complete with easy appetizers, a signature cocktail and a card-making station.

Easy Open House

A holiday open house is a stress-free option to holiday entertaining. Guests show up within a four- to five-hour time frame and can stay as long as their schedules allow. Entertaining open house-style also leads to more RSVPs and allows you to spend more time with each individual guest.

Bold Buffet Table

A buffet table is the way to go for open house parties. For this look, combine menswear fabrics in tartan and plaid with feminine touches like roses and sparkling accents. Label each dish with a menswear-inspired printable buffet label. For easy access to food items, place plaid-printed dishes on cake stands around the buffet table.

Glittering Backdrop

Sage green sequined stockings provide a sparkling backdrop that reflects light from flickering candles.

A custom tablecloth made using dark-toned wool tartan sets a soft, warm base for the look. To create your own no-sew tablecloth, find a heavy-weight plaid at your fabric store and create a clean edge using an iron and seam tape.

No need to use matchy-matchy dishware; an assortment of tartans and plaids mixed with neutrals adds to the party’s cozy charm. Here, Ralph Lauren salad plates are paired with mint-and-gold dessert plates.

Place tall tapers at the wall-end of the table, then add small votives around the table to create a festive glow around the flowers and food items. Tip: Always use drip-free tapers.

Single-Serving Soups

Serve different winter soups in shot glasses placed on plates for a festive look.

Recipes: carrot ginger soup, whiskey cocktail, blackened tuna with jasmine rice, smoked salmon cream cheese bites

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Reposted from original article and photos created by Manvi Drona for HGTV

Thanksgiving Table Decor : Rustic-Glam Edition

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! While food takes center stage on TG, a pretty table is a must. Is that where all the action happens anyway? So add a couple of thoughtful decorating details to your place settings that elevate the experience for everyone. Here are a couple of tips that you can easily recreate in your homes.

 

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Deck the Halls: Holiday Decorating Tips

Halloween is just around the corner, which means it will be Thanksgiving, and Christmas before we know it. Already, department stores are sewn with the warming scent of cinnamon and decorations for this holiday season are adorning window displays. By now, most of you know if you are traveling for the holidays or staying home to host. If you’re planning on hosting the family for Christmas, there are some preparations that you can make for a comfortable, magical nook that could tempt even Santa Claus to linger for a mulled wine. It’s time to make your winter wonderland. Here are simple steps to create that perfect holiday feel while staying stress-free and keeping spirits bright.

Clear out the clutter

Before hanging the decorations and sending out the invites for the mulled wine mixer, you need to make sure your living space is as inviting as a house made of gingerbread. Christmas is a great excuse to round on all those outstanding chores. Give away surplus ornaments; they’re just gathering dust. Hire a carpet cleaner to revitalize your rugs. Paint that flaking door frame, and have the chimney swept in preparation for gathering around the fireplace.

Nail the tree

It’s the centerpiece decoration of the festive season, so don’t neglect to start the search or your perfect tree as early as possible. Real fir trees do smell divine, but their needles shed everywhere. If you don’t want to be vacuuming daily, consider going for high quality pre-decorated Christmas trees, available at stores like Tesco, which offers a wide range of pre-decorated Christmas trees.

Become a Christmas elf

There’s nothing like filling the long, cold, wintry evenings with a sense of purpose, and Christmas is the perfect goal to set. Make a simple, beautiful wreath with little more than wire, fir branches and a pair of pliers. Trace delicate silver snowflakes onto an organza runner to drape over the Christmas table.  Knit some thick, woolly stockings to hang from the fireplace, or make the ultimate Christmas pudding and stash it in the freezer.

A little extra

If your guests are leaving their homes behind to visit over Christmas, make their stay a delight with a few extra comforts to make them feel welcome. Stock the bathroom with fluffy towels, luxurious hand moisturizer and spare toiletries. Leave a scented candle and a stack of reading materials by the bedside. And the golden rule? Make more than one TV available to avoid disagreements on what holiday show/movies to watch are resolved easily and without frowny faces. Of course, at the most wonderful time of the year all that really matters is being with loved-ones. While getting everything spick, span and sparkly is a fun diversion, if your garlands wilt or the turkey gets cremated, remember not to take things too seriously. Stock up on ingredients for your fav holiday beverages to keep eggnogs flowing.