Entertaining family and friends is one of the true joys of the holiday season. Its a time during which hosts and hostesses take extra care to show their guests how much they are loved and appreciated.
The inspiration for this festive table, which would be appropriate for any of the winter holidays, began with the polka dot accent plates. Using a patterned accent plate gives classic solid china a fresh look and often begins a color scheme on which to create the look of your table. Simple glassware is rimmed with a metallic silver stripe that echoes the striped tablecloth. Green chargers, custom-painted to coordinate with the china, strengthen the color scheme and pop the brown dinner plates off the tablecloth. The floral arrangement, which includes ornamental cabbage, is low enough to not impede conversation across the table and adds sophistication to the whimsical china.
Small gifts at each plate setting, whether simple or extravagant, add to any special occasion. On a celebratory occasion like the holidays, why not include sparklers for each guest to enjoy either before or after the meal? Linen cloth napkins are tied with satin ribbon and an agate belt buckle, which doubles as a luxe party favor for the ladies in attendance. Ribbon-wrapped gift boxes for guests to take home add to the party atmosphere and contain leather belt straps to accompany the buckles.
Of course, the central reason for a dinner party is a special meal. A signature cocktail, whether instead of or in addition to a stocked bar, welcomes guests as they settle in for an enjoyable evening. Menu cards at each place setting allow everyone to anticipate the culinary experience that awaits! If time is short, remember that local gourmet shops create extraordinary dishes that will delight even the most discerning palate.
As the evening draws to a close, the care and attention lavished on each party detail make apparent the fondest wishes of the hosts: May your holidays sparkle and your new year shine!