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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017


Whether it’s a fancy dinner party or a casual get-together with family and friends, this time of year is never short of parties. While the fun memories of holiday cheer will be what we hold on to for years to come, great décor can be pretty memorable, too. You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to design a beautiful, instagram-worthy tablescape. Your decor can be over the top or minimalistic – either way, it can still set the mood and make an impact! Take a cue from these local designers and allow these photos to inspire you to design a table you’lllove all season long. ‘Tis the season to be jolly...and to celebrate!


Ashley Gallion
Photos by: Kim Box/Kim Box Photography
Deer antlers, a green wreath with a pretty ribbon and white tree candles will last all winter long, even after Santa has made his way back to the North Pole. The twinkle lights in a large glass vase and placed around a centerpiece add a sparkle that makes a statement. This clean and fresh approach to holiday décor is the perfect example of how chic a minimalistic approach can be. 


Ashley Miller
Photos by: Ashley Miller
This set up is pure Christmas magic. Using your wrapped gifts as décor somewhere other than under the tree is an unexpected and functional way to decorate. Mixing metallics with a pop of red is a modern color scheme that works so well together. Adding a bloom or two to your food display is an easy way to add some flair. 

Montgomery Antique Gallery
Photos by: Matty Drollette
This woodland-inspired tablescape brings the outdoors in. 
We may not get snow very often, but a winter wonderland is still possible with this silvery, snowy design. The strand of pearls is a perfect touch!
I’ll have a blue Christmas every year if it looks this good! A sleigh overflowing with sparkly ornaments makes an impact on the center of a table. 

Southern Posies 
Photos by: Megan Florence/Kim Box Photography 
It’s easy to be thankful when you’re sharing a table this beautiful.  Creative place settings like these are definite conversation starters. Having some light bites on display adds color to your table and gives guests a change to snack before the meal is ready. Don’t let styling a food plate intimidate you, it is easier than it looks. Try adding in easy-to-eat foods with a variety of colors and textures. Greeting your guest with a cocktail is always a good idea, especially when your barware complements the overall look. 

Kara Anne Paper
Photos by: Megan Florence/Kim Box Photography
It’s the little details that make a celebration unique, and hand-lettered pieces are a great way to add a personal touch. From gorgeous invitations that set the tone for your event to personal place cards thatmake your guests feel welcome, there are numerous ways to add special style to your event. 

A Catered Affair
Photos by: Aubrie Moates
Once the table is set and the guest list is made, you’ve got to create the menu. We love this cider recipe from Tammy Griffin with A Catered Affair.

Cranberry Pomegranate Cider 
4 Cinnamon sticks
1⁄2 teaspoon each ground cloves, nutmeg, ginger  
1 cup sugar
1 gallon Cranberry Juice
1 gallon Apple Juice
3 cups Pomegranate Juice
1 cup Orange Juice 
Add all ingredients in a pot and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add to punch bowl when ready to serve. For garnish, add fresh cranberries and oranges stuffed with whole cloves. Stores well in refrigerator and can heat individually in microwave. *Don’t pour hot liquid directly into ceramic punch bowl. Allow to cool slightly and pour slowly.

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