Last year’s tablescape was inspired by warm, Scandinavian vibes and primarily used green in the color palette. So this year for my Christmas party, I wanted to change things up and showcase shades of vibrant, luxurious red! The pomegranates from Sarah’s centerpiece really spoke to me, so I used those to inspire the rest of my holiday tablescape styling. The overall look feels festive and luxurious, don’t you think?
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Admittedly, I am not usually a red lover, but lately… it’s been speaking to me in a big way! Of course, it needs to the right shade of red. The palette I’m most into lately is a warmer, almost terra cotta leaning red shade. I’d actually call it more of a paprika red. Isn’t it hard to describe color sometimes? HA.
I kept the rest of the color palette neutral with white glazed terra cotta plates. I chose these because the tiniest hint of the terra cotta peeks through the white for a lovely warmth. Also, it’s fun how the pattern of the plate mimics old school paper plates. That gives the table a bit of an unexpected hi/lo feel.
Plates & Tablelinens
Because this is a Christmas party, I wanted a bit more of a formal vibe. Hence, the layered side plate and dinner plate look. Typically, I prefer to layer a patterned or colorful side plate on top of a simpler, white dinner plate. But because it’s the holidays, I like to change things up! The embossed pattern on the rim of each plate adds a bit of pattern, but in a neutral way. It’s safe to say I’ll be using these plates again for future tables. I love them!
As for the tablelinens, I matched the napkins to the pomegranates in the centerpiece. The fringed border adds a beautiful textural element, too. For the finishing touch, I draped a small scrap of beautiful silk velvet under the flowers. Originally, I was going to use a table runner, but felt like I’ve been relying on that trick too often lately. Plus, velvet should always have a seat at the table during the holidays!
Glassware & Flatware
Because I was hosting a Christmas party and wanted everyone to be in a festive mood, I opted for somewhat large wine glasses. It’s the holidays, so let the wine flow! I love the shape of these wine glasses I chose. They feel a bit like a goblet, but with sexy curves. The bubble glass is a really fun addition, too, and will make even red wine seem sparkly.
The tabletop felt like it was missing a pop of metallic, so I used this basic rose gold flatware to complete the look. Ever since I scooped up these affordable pieces, I’ve been using them more and more to style tables. They go with pretty much everything!
One Special Touch
I allllways like to add a special touch to my tablescapes, no matter the occasion. For this one, I scattered the extra pomegranates around the table to unify it with the centerpiece. At the end of the party, guests could take home their own fruit, too, as a lovely gift. If you’re short on pomegranates, you could also use a small clementine orange or spring of greenery leftover from the flower arrangements.
- Elana dinner plates
- Elana side plates
- Carra wine glasses (sold out, but these are similar)
- Fringed napkins (sold out, but these are similar)
- Rose gold flatware
For more holiday tips, you might enjoy these posts:
- Holiday Hosting Tips When You Live Small
- How to Cozy Up Your Home
- On Having Holiday Spirit When Your Partner Isn’t Into It
- Ways to Reduce Waste During the Holidays
- How to Host Guests in a Small Space