Christmas look for Bright Bazaar

For my monthly guest column at Bright Bazaar, I created a festive Christmas party look. Keeping things modern and playful I opted for fuscia, magenta with mauve and pink hues paired with a masculine plaid tablecloth for a bit of tradition. I made the tablecloth using medium-weight woollen fabric that doubled as padding for stemware and plates.

For the three-part centerpiece I placed magenta peonies and berzillias in white cube vases, which work really well for short stems. I adorned the vases with a simple gray ribbon for a graphic accent.

To add a little formality to the occasion, I asked stationery designer Claudia of Fig2Design to help me with invitations, menu and place cards, with the calligraphy by Michele of Meant to be Calligraphy. Claudia is absolutely amazing to work with and I LOVE how Claudia and Michele’s GORGEOUS designs complimented my vision for the party.


Designating a surface for gifts and beverages is not only practical when hosting for the holidays but also an opportunity to create holiday vignettes that carry the decor to more than just the dining table.To decorate the wall above this station I hung multiple wreaths and a string of plastic ball ornaments filled with mini pine cones and mercury glass ornaments.

A touch of handmade wreath can really personalize the look. To make the paper wreath, I bought vintage plaid gift wrap, crafted cones and hot-glued them on a circle cardboard cut-out. I added a little star cut out lined with white sequines in the center, and voila, one handmade wreath done. I made mini versions of this wreath to use as gift tags.

Signature drink: Pomegranate sparklers in festive Roost flutes from Trohv


And finally, I decorated the fireplace with a string of battery operated mercury-glass orb lights, a string or ornaments, ceramic cone, a metal tree and a feather wreath.

See the full feature with additional details and recipe for pomegranate sparklers at Bright Bazaar.

Sources: Trohvshop, Fig2Design, Michele of Meant to be Calligraphy

images: styled and photographed by Manvi Drona-Hidalgo


hello monday,

and hellos to you. did you have a good weekend?

hope these pretties help your monday blues. they did mine.

did i mention i have a HUGE fallen branch in my yard? I’m amazed it didnt cause any damage. Its going to be a big pain to take care of it. in other news, we lost power for about ten seconds during the short storm that hit this area yesterday. Lots of homes and businesses lost power for hour and there were fallen branches, leaves, trees on streets. Did your area get any part of the storm?

Have a great week my friends.

images: manvi drona-hidalgo