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An Intimate Christmas Family Dinner

LifestyleJessica Clinch3 Comments

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It is even better when shared with family, as mine was this year. I finally have the opportunity to write a post about the styling I did for our dinner, and love reminiscing about the evening. It was filled with lots of delicious homemade food, laughter, and stories. As some of you may have read on my guest blog post on Blair Blogs, the color scheme I was going for was silver and gold with pops of emerald.

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I loved creating this table setting, especially the menu. Playing around with various fonts, colors and layouts is always a treat for me. While I was in Nashville, I stopped into Paper Source and found my new favorite crafting tool. They have a collection of stamps that go along with embossing powder and a heating tool to create an embossed effect. The process is quite fast and simple, yet adds the perfectΒ glamorousΒ touch to a variety of projects. I purchased a pearl strands stamp and some gold embossing powder that I used at the top of these menus, and I loved the result. I wrapped everything together with a bow so that the platesΒ acted as a gift for each family member!

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Since many of our relatives were visiting from out of town, I wanted to represent an aspect of Winston-Salem's culture in the table setting. Every year in Winston-Salem, Wake Forest hosts a candlelight service at their Moravian Love Feast. I adapted this tradition into our place cards.

Candles placed at each setting held place cards that matched the menus with fun washi tape! Before dinner began, we said a prayer and read a passage about the tradition of the candlelight service. Everyone lit their candle off of the person before them and reflected on the meaning of the holiday.

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I decorated the table with a mixture of old and new items. My Nana's crystal and our family's holiday plates adorned each table setting. I purchased some new items from Michael's to finish out the decor. Creating the table runner out of gold doilies was another simple trick that made a big impact. I then spray painted pinecones silver and added a variety of silver ornaments to add the pops of silver I wanted in my color scheme.

This dinner was one of my favorite events to design. I adored the modern mixed with classic items, the metallic touches, and the tribute to Winston-Salem culture. As much as I loved designing this tablescape, I loved the memories that were made at the table once dinner began. Christmas, family, and good food. What more can you ask for?