‘Tis the Table

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Top tips and tricks for decorating the perfect holiday table.


The quintessential holiday party at home isnt complete without a standout yuletide table. But, that doesnt mean your dcor should be dripping in traditional red and green. We turned to the experts at Cosmopolitan Events to show us how its really done. Armed with a team of talent and one top-notch Rebel Florist, Cosmos Chasley Bradbury demonstrates how to set a breathtaking dining scene that can take you through the holidays and beyondadding some much-needed shelf life to traditional yuletide dcor. Visions of a snowy walk in the woods serve as the primary inspiration for this modern and festive table, while subtle seasonal elements charmingly play back-up. To get the look of this Woodland Winter theme at home, take a cue from the experts and call on a bevy of natural elements for inspirationsome rustic, and others that are far from it.

Posh Placement
Choosing place settings first will help set the tone of your holiday soiree. These steel-colored placemats offer the perfect backdrop to the whimsical, leafy chargers. A taupe napkin is a neutral middleman for the two seemingly opposite colors.

Natural Beauty
Take a nod from nature and mix winter whites with woodsy browns for an understated Woodland Winter theme. Crisp white takes on a warm and cozy feel when paired with varying shades of chocolate. Search your own backyard for tableworthy clippings or pine cones.

Flower Power
A monochromatic palette of all-white flowers is very French and very chic. Multiple arrangements make for a dramatic presentation.

Let it Snow
Wow your guests with a “snowy” table. Shaved Styrofoam, available at many craft stores, does the trick. Keep most of it contained by using a clear, shallow container purchased from your local florist, but allow a little spill-over for disguise.

Glow for It
Now that you have your “snow,” bring it to life! Hide a few strategically placed LED Instalytes for an inexpensive way to illuminate your dining space. Dim the lights for extra impact.

Its in the Cards
Elegant menu cards give guests a sneak peek of whats to come. When designing stationery, choose art and text that complement your theme.

Fire and Ice
Add a frosted effect to clear vases by filling them with ice. For maximum contrast, place the frosted vases near lit candles for a “fire and ice” feel. Using mirrored votives adds a reflective element that also mimics a natural, icy look.

Have a Ball
Decorative balls come in an endless variety of shapes and sizes to complement almost any dcor. The experts at Cosmopolitan Events chose balls made of twig to further enhance the Woodland Winter theme.

Favorite Favor
Handmade truffles playfully dotted with pearls give new meaning to the word “tasteful.” And, simple organic packaging is a sweet way to bring a little “green” to your holiday table.

Room for More
Glasses and flatware and chairsoh my! If you find yourself with more guests than you can accommodate, consider consulting a reputable party rental storeor rely on the expertise of a top-notch event company to help you pull off your party. Premier Rentals, 314.785.1100; Cosmopolitan Events, 314.249.9107.

Woodland Winter table shot at Palladium Saint Louis, 314.799.8886. Designed and concepted by Cosmopolitan Events, 314.249.9107, with the help of Fleurish, The Rebel Florist, Brian Blasingame, 314.226.4842.



Flower arrangement by Fleurish, The Rebel Florist, 314.226.4842.

Flower arrangement by Fleurish, The Rebel Florist, 314.226.4842.


Decorative balls available at Fleurish, The Rebel Florist, 314.226.4842.

Truffles available at Oh Sheila! Chocolates, 314.681.8803.


Menu cards available at M. Haley Design, 636.352.2102. Napkins available at BBJ Linen, 314.447.9200.

Menu cards available at M. Haley Design, 636.352.2102. Napkins available at BBJ Linen, 314.447.9200.


Truffles available at Oh Sheila! Chocolates, 314.681.8803.

Truffles available at Oh Sheila! Chocolates, 314.681.8803.


Photo credit: Photos by Jennifer Silverberg

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