In past years, we’ve hosted a cocktail party on Christmas Eve for our friends and family. The friends who (like us) don’t have children usually stick around pretty late playing games and spending time with each other. This year, we’re spending Christmas Eve with my in-laws, so we’re enjoying the Christmas with our closest friends on Christmas Eve Eve (tomorrow night) and I’ve worked with Zazzle to create a modern table which reflects this years’ Colonial theme.
I was originally a little worried that I wouldn’t find just the right pieces for the table that I had been thinking in my mind. I’m sure you guys have experienced how it’s always harder to decorate when you have something very very specific already in mind. I had worked with Zazzle on lots of other projects (mostly paper goods for my wedding) and was excited when they introduced me to their tabletop pieces. Now, I get to design exactly what I want… win, win. There are a ton of little ways that we’re carrying on our take on the Colonial theme for this party, but they’re not just specific to our decor scheme, lots of these ideas can be utilized for whatever style you’ve got going on this holiday. I’m sure there will be a few cute ideas you could put to use!
I originally wanted to get pewter everything, but that was a little out of the budget. I’m still thinking that I want some pewter goblets, just because. Instead of going with the pewter, I liked the idea of mixing the modern fresh ‘joy’ illustration with a very classic tartan plaid. All one type of plate would have still been pretty, but I felt that all plaid would have been a little too traditional and with all ‘joy’ plates I wouldn’t have felt any connection to the theme.
To avoid keeping the table too stuffy, I mixed in some woody elements and slightly ‘glam’ elements to balance out the traditional. Each place setting uses a wooden slice as a charger and is flanked by gold flatware. A scrolling, paisley cutting board adds another pattern to the table and doubles as a pretty appetizer tray. I’m using my own designed gold-rimmed Tapas plates for the snacks.
You guys know I’m using lots of monograms this Christmas, and I actually designed the ‘S’ napkins with laurel leaves from scratch. I got a huge box, so I’ll pretty much be using them all year long. For another little outdoorsy touch, pinecones hold each person’s name card right by their plate. Instead of putting together a fancy centerpiece, I just tucked a variety of christmas fruit onto a tiered server. Doesn’t it look festive?
Ready for something cute? I was able to use the same pattern on our ‘Joy’ plates and had them also put on cookies! They’ll be perfect to set out for Santa (ahem, me after the games are done). I also was able to carry the plaid theme into a cookie tray as well. Topped with gold rimmed wood tapas plate and our custom monogram napkins.
All in all, it really isn’t over-the-top Colonial at all, I just had visions of plaids mixed with natural elements and golds. I don’t really know where the idea stems from, but I tell myself its colonial and still love how it turned out.
Disclosure: I worked together with Zazzle on this post and was compensated. I sincerely appreciate your support of the brands that continue to help us bring our ideas and projects to life. I’ve used Zazzle for everything from my holiday parties to my own wedding (5 years ago!!) and couldn’t be happier to be sharing them with you guys.