Deck the Halls

A stylish tablescape can transform an ordinary party into an affair to remember. We tapped several local event experts for inspirational winter looks that are both elegant and easy to create.

Photography by Kristin Hughes-Craig of Kris Marie Photo 
Styling/rentals by Stephanie Romanowicz of Rust & Luxe
Floral design by Kristyn Joyce of KJ Floral Designs 
Calligraphy by Allison DiMaggio of Allison Kathleen Calligraphy 
Location provided by Sherri Romanowicz


CRISP & COOL BLUE

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Inspired by the colors of the sea, this simple table setting was created by playing with gray and blue hues. A two-tiered centerpiece was adorned with silver dollar eucalyptus, plumosa and grapevine and is the perfect place to display a decorative dinner menu.

Always on the lookout for unique items, Stephanie Romanowicz, the owner of the event styling and rental company Rust & Luxe, sourced vintage compotes for this table setting at Savers in Hanover for .50 cents each.

“Using tag sale or thrift store china is a great way to add to your collection without adding a hefty expense,” says Romanowicz, who invites clients to peruse her extensive collection of rental items at the Rust & Luxe studio in Sagamore.


SHADES OF GREEN

Floral designer Kristyn Joyce created a verdant table garland that incorporated wild mandevilla vines and a mix of white flowers.

Floral designer Kristyn Joyce created a verdant table garland that incorporated wild mandevilla vines and a mix of white flowers.

A garland of greenery makes a statement on a rustic farm table. Experienced floral designer Kristyn Joyce of KJ Floral Designs went the extra mile for this particular look by foraging outside for wild mandevilla vines to accent her arrangement. She also used a handmade wooden planter and vintage mason jars to display an assortment of white flowers, adding texture and elegance to the table. Keeping the planter and garland at a low height ensures that everyone sitting at the table can make eye contact. The planter can be easily moved to a side table if the homeowner decides to serve a family-style meal.

Decorative place cards and artfully scripted menus describing the food being served were created by Allison DiMaggio of Allison Kathleen Calligraphy in Plymouth. These fun and functional elements add a splash of color and a personal touch to the overall table design. From simple to ornate, DiMaggio specializes in customizing everything from envelopes and table numbers to place cards and wine charms using different types of papers and modern hand calligraphy.

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BOLD & BEAUTIFUL

festive magenta and burgundy tablescape is a fun alternative to traditional holiday hues.

Mismatched china patterns and vintage brass candle holders add charm to this casually coordinated design. Delicate white flowers decorate pretty, pink holiday sweets.

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5 Holiday Party Decor Tips:

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Everything from plates and linens to unique furniture and centerpieces can be rented from a company like Rust & Luxe. Alternatively, an event designer can help you repurpose items from your existing collection in new exciting ways.holiday-entertaining-12_

Consider the colors and style of your centerpiece, linens and overall decor before deciding on your stationery. Colored paper or a shiny metallic element can add to the glamor of the layout.

Decide if you want to have a menu at each seat or a single menu for the entire table. You’ll also need to decide if you want place cards at each seat or one big seating chart at the entrance to your event.

Determine your budget and time constraints. Hiring a professional event designer will give you a polished look and you won’t have  to stress about the details. But if you love DIY projects, try playing with different arrangements of vintage dishes and glassware and pick up some card stock and pretty pens at your local craft store.

Remember to plan ahead. If you are renting furniture or table settings or hiring a florist or calligrapher, you’ll need to plan ahead and allow time for custom items to be created.

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