Hands down, Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. There are so many things to be relished right from December 1st - the tree, the carols and the food among just a few. At the heart of the celebration for me though is celebrating the birth of Jesus. It's also a special time to see friends we might not have seen for a while, and so when we do it feels appropriate to make the occasion extra special. With my love of Christmas undeniable, I was thrilled when the super talented Teri from The Lovely Drawer got in touch about her 12 Styled Days of Christmas project, with West Elm. You can see Teri's beautifully styled table for day 1 here, and Heather's crafting table for day 2 here. I'll update the list below as each post goes live for the 12 days, but you can also follow the #kindredspirits project on instagram and on West Elm's blog Front & Main.
And so onto day 3 - my styled table. Since for us Christmas becomes a season of hosting lots of gatherings and parties I wanted to make our dining table look extra festive and sparkly, ready to welcome our guests. As much as I enjoy playing hostess, I enjoy keeping things simple even more. With this in mind, I wanted to style a relaxed table, making it easy to leave as it is throughout advent, with just the food and florals needing to be refreshed as and when new guests arrive. Never one to go big on the traditional colours of Christmas, I went with my favourite hues instead - white, gold and dashes of green. And of course a little sparkle too. There has to be sparkle.
I made a backdrop for the table by attaching a dowel rod to the wall (with a couple of little nails) and from the rod I hung gold glitter baubles and geometric decorations with twine. It creates a lovely focus to the table above the marble plate centre piece.
Taking inspiration from the sweet side plates, I incorporated extra little phrases and sayings across the table. To a little plywood tray I simply added a stamped out (on my trusty dymo machine) 'pick me' sticker, to let guests know to help themselves to a little gift. (The gift was a tiny Roccoco chocolate bar, wrapped in a glassine bag with an added gold glitter bauble for sparkle.) I also added my framed 'spread some cheer' print to the table, which Teri made for each guest at our Gathered Cheer social brunch a little while ago. The hand lettered aspect definitely makes for an informal feel, without compromising on the pretty!
Around the table I dotted the bottle brush trees and hydrangea and eucalyptus posies in mini milk bottles. Again, these keep the table feeling relaxed, and the posies are really easy to style but bring with them bags of charm. The blush colour of the petals is just perfect with gold. Sigh.
To make the napkins more of a feature, I tied sprigs of rosemary onto them with twine, adding a gift tag with an initial for each guest. Set against the gold these look lovely and festive, and smell gorgeous, too! All my crafty bits and bobs - twine, glitter letters and tags etc are from Papermash. To finish the table, and to keep it safe but sparkly, I added a string of battery operated fairy lights.
So, there you have it - my styled Christmas buffet table. Just add a party selection pack and it's complete!
All photos styled and shot by Ruth Garner for Gathered Cheer. Products were given by West Elm for this project, but all opinions and definitely my own.