The holidays are filled with opportunities to entertain and be around family and friends. So, when Antonia Christianson dreamed up this teal coastal Christmas dinner party, we were excited to share the new & modern twist on a traditional holiday dinner. She not only designed a beautiful tabletop, but also contributed a few tips that will help you host your own dinner party – and do so seamlessly.
Antonia shares, We choose to shoot at my home in Coastal Virginia because of the huge picture window with bench seating, and fireplace. It’s the kind of dining room that I grew up wishing I had. Our favorite family picture hangs above the mantle daily, so it only made sense to accent it with fun painted holiday signs. This is traditionally how we decorate our mantle during the holidays, so it truly feels very comfortable.
I wanted to mix and match items that we already owned with a few new details. The peacock chargers, copper plates and simple linens were fun accents to the many pieces we already owned. Plus, they really glam’ed up our every day holiday look.
1. Choose a color palette that works with the room that you will be feasting in. It’s not always your dining room! At my in-laws home, when our guest list gets large, we have to move to the sun room. A gorgeously awesome room with huge windows and a neutral color palette. Or in my home, as pictured, we played off the copper of the floor length curtains and the coastal blues that we love.
2. Mix and Match pieces that you own, before purchasing more. This allows for you to save on your budget, but also to bring in your families heritage with older details and add a few gorgeous new purchases too. On the table we designed, we owned the teal dinner plates and crackled glass mixture of flutes, but added the peacock chargers and copper bread and butter plates.
3. Don’t overdue the centerpiece. One of the things that we love about the holidays is family style dining, which is only achievable when the center of your table isn’t over flowing with decorations. Having an easily removable floral decoration, garland or candle-scape will make the transition from every day display to dining table so much more functional.
4. Have beverages at your fingertips. Whether this is adult friendly, or kid friendly, not having to leave your feasting room once your meal has been placed makes entertaining for your host that much more comfortable and enjoyable.