CHRISTMAS TABLE STYLING TIPS WITH KATE MCLEAN >
Kate McLean. Amazing, talented, kind, intelligent, funny, sweet, beautiful, amazing, great friend and respected colleague (did I mention amazing?!). That’s pretty much my entire blog post, you don’t need to know much else! Nahhhh, Kate is the owner and designer extraordinaire behind Mary Mary Studio. She is my go-to-gal for all of my functions and whenever I need to make things look pretty! Last weekend I hosted my annual Christmas lunch for my high school girlfriends, and now the second generation! I luuuuuuuurve to make things look gorgeous, especially when it comes to table styling. I worded Kate up that the colour scheme was Christmas whites and metallic and I left the rest in her hands! Today I’m sharing some of the images from the day and Kate has also included some of her fave styling tips and tricks. Enjoy!
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CHRISTMAS TABLE/FLORAL STYLING, BY KATE MCLEAN >
There’s nothing quite like a beautifully styled Christmas table. I swear it makes that turkey roast and Christmas pud taste even better! But sometimes colour coordinating your napkins with your Christmas decorations can fall to the bottom of your list as you try to wrangle a Christmas ham and brave the busy carpark of your local shopping centre. Luckily, all it takes to make your table beautiful is a little bit of planning and a few magic touches. I’ve put together some helpful tips to make styling your Christmas table a breeze.
FIND YOUR STYLE: When it comes to designing wedding and event flowers, I always start by asking my clients the same question. “How do you want the day to feel?”. Do you want it to feel relaxed and summery? (think mismatched share platters and colourful blooms) Chic and elegant? (think crisp whites and modern metallics) Fun and festive? (think xmas patterns and a classic green and red colour palette). The overall vibe that you’re trying to achieve plays a major role in determining your colour palette and theming for your table. Have a think about your own personal style, but also the mix of your guests’ personalities and go from there!
USE WHAT YOU HAVE: Found your style? Have a look through your cupboards for some key pieces that you can incorporate into your table. It might be a beautiful set of silver candlesticks, a patterned table runner, a set of geometric vases, or all of the above! Using what you have as a base for your styling will make it easier (and more affordable!) to bring your whole look together.
THINK ABOUT THE FOOD: How will it be plated? How will it be eaten? How you plan to present your Christmas feast plays a big part in your styling. If you’re serving food on large platters down the centre of the table, keep your styling to a minimum. Think tall, skinny candle holders that can easily fit between your plates, and scatter festive foliage down the table to add some Christmas colour (which your serving platters can easily sit on top of). You can also introduce a tonne of character by carefully choosing your platters – think rustic wooden serving boards, antique silver platters, patterned vintage plates or sleek white or black serving platters.
MAKE IT PERSONAL: Create unique place settings for your guests for an extra festive touch. Think about tying a sprig of rosemary or a single bloom to each guest’s napkin using twine or ribbon in your chosen colour palette. Go one step further and create personalised name cards for each guest, which can be tied to the napkins too. Kikki-K have some great stamp and sticker sets you can use if you don’t fancy your own handwriting.
ADD SOME FLOWER POWER: At last, my favourite part! For me, flowers are the thing that brings all your styling elements together. You can approach your Christmas floral in a couple of ways.
- Foliage only – choose some interesting vases (block colours and ceramics work well here, check out Room to Decorate) that suit your theme and fill them with a mix of textured Christmas foliages. Oh so striking and oh so simple.
- Flowers only – pick one type of flower and fill simple glass vases with the same bloom en-masse. Super elegant and a great option if you’re not 100% with your flower arranging skills
- Flowers & foliage – flex those floral muscles and arrange a mix of flowers and foliage in your favourite vases. This is a great way to introduce colour and texture to the table. I always structure my arrangements using Feature Flowers – something large and striking, Filler Flowers – something small and textured, and Foliage – something, well you know what foliage is. A mix of the three will give you a beautifully layered arrangement every time.
My christmas favourites include olive foliage, red currant berries, variegated holly, dahlias, hydrangea, smoke bush (my all time fave!), spruce foliage, berzillia and sea holly.
ADD SOME CHRISTMAS SPARKLE!: This is the fun bit. Your Christmas table isn’t complete without a little festive bling, so have a think about some ways you can really dial up the Christmas spirit on your table. Filling tall glass vases with xmas baubles in your colour theme is a great way to add another festive layer to your table. Or, try filling your vases with twinkling string lights on gold or copper wire. You can snap these up at target or Kmart and they’re a beautiful way to get your table shining. You may even wish to tie a christmas decoration around each of your guest’s napkins to add some sparkle to each place setting. Country Road have some super stylish options (including copper stars *heart eyes*)
That’s it! You can choose to follow one, two or all of these tips to create your dream Christmas table. Keep it simple, keep it fun and have an extra glass of bubbly to toast to your gorgeous work. I hope you enjoyed today’s post, Kate x
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