HOLIDAY PARTY FAVORITES: MATTHEW ROBBINS

It's that time of year again, and as a self-proclaimed crazy Christmas lady, I can only really hold out so far. It's here again, our PARTY FAVORITES series, now in HOLIDAY form. Break out the tinsel and let's get merry! If you are new around here, Party Favorites is a sneak peek into what is really in everyone's party stash to throw those signature AWESOME bashes. Starting off our season is the amazing Matthew Robbins, author of INSPIRED WEDDINGS, master floral artist and premier event planner. He shared general entertaining and styling tips yesterday and you can find their goodness here. Let's steal a peek into Matthew's holiday toolbox, shall we?

Take it away Matthew!

Favorite tree: real or fake?  If real: flocked or plain? If fake: white, silver or green? I love both for different reasons but generally I prefer a real tree and I love smaller planted trees that can be displayed on a tabletop or pedestal in a decorative planter. I do own a fabulous silver tree from the 1960s and it can be really fun to display but I have to really be in the mood for that one and I like to limit the decor on the silver tree so it feels chic and festive. 

Favorite color palette for Thanksgiving? I love deep fern green, chocolate brown, aubergine or plum and champagne tones combined for the fall. This is less traditional and not so obvious but it still feels warm, lush and decadent which is what we all crave for Thanksgiving. 

Favorite color palette for Christmas? I'm obsessed with citrus tones combined with rich evergreens. The citrus is unexpected and brings a fresh, vibrant touch to the traditional evergreen palette. 

Chargers: Yes or no? I normally prefer a charger but this can be anything...a small silver tray, a beautiful place mat, a gorgeous piece of slate, etc. Anything that grounds the tables and provided a beautiful backdrop for all of the details is a wonderful thing to use. Chargers also bring dimension and a more layered, textured look to the finished table.

Placesettings: matching or mixed dishes? I generally prefer matching but I do love mixing subtle patterns and tones such as a variety of white on white patterns can be really chic and fun. I prefer to avoid insanely mixed pieces. If you prefer to mix the china, stemware, etc try choosing a "theme" or motif to bring some cohesion to the table such as floral patterns, white on white texture, etc. 

Tablecloth or runner? If the table is beautiful I prefer a runner only but sometimes a full tablecloth is necessary for finishing a table. If you use a very neutral base linen you can layer with a runner for even more texture and dimension on the table. 

Favorite Christmas song? I love "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Judy Garland and also love "Hard Candy Christmas" by Dolly Parton.

Thank you so much for starting off our merriment, Matthew! I wish you and yours a very merry everything! xo