Earlier this month I hosted an event with West Elm in downtown Seattle, where we are lucky to have a store. Now if there is a place I could go dangerously poor, it would be that store. The event was on November 14th and I set a table using some of the goodies from around the store mixed with a few items I made. There were delicious treats from Trophy Cupcakes and a hot chocolate bar from Ticket Chocolate. I shared some of my tips and tricks to setting a holiday table and demonstrated the world's easiest DIY for napkin rings. It was fun and festive and really got me in the mood for the holidays.
I wanted to show that setting a holiday table is easy, so while I planned my table ahead of time, I ultimately switched things up based on what caught my eyes around the store. For the center of the table, I used various trees, like these Wooden Cutout ones and Burlap ones mixed with some faux snow and the plaster trees I made for a DIY over on Front & Main that is coming soon. I also mixed in some Mercury Glass Tapers and Tealight Holders to add a touch of sparkle, like the glistening of snow. The key to keeping it looking interesting and letting your eye wander around the table, is to keep elements to the 1 or 3 rule. Either have one or three of any item in a table scape, dessert table or mantle decor. If you must have two, like I did with the Mercury Glass Tapers, be sure to mix the color or height or style. You want it to look collected, not purchased as a matchy-matchy set.
Also, there were these great vintage looking double old fashioned glasses that looked like cut crystal that I added to the table. I always set for water glasses, in a smaller cozier dinner party but no more. It keeps the table from looking cluttered and people are usually already walking around with their beverage of choice if I have done my job at hosting. Add elements of surprise, like using a warm throw for a tablecloth. The Favorite Throw, I used the ivory one, can be tossed into the wash after your party and has great fringe on the sides.
For the DIY, I made the napkin rings I used for my table settings. It was super simple, you are just restranding the Felt Garlands they carry onto elastic to make napkin rings. Each garland makes about 8 and premade felt balls are a great touch to add to the table. Each napkin ring uses about 9 balls. It is quick and easy to do. I had a lovely time meeting both old and new friends at the event. I especially loved meeting a few gals I have chatted with over Instagram and Twitter but not met in person yet. It was an event wonderland, with the perfect backdrop of all the glorious holiday decorations around West Elm. We were nestled by the mercury glass section, so it was especially sparkly. A huge THANK YOU to West Elm for having me, I am a huge an and it was such a tremendous honor to work with you!