Very excited to announce the kick-off of our monthly guest blogger series. Hope you enjoy this one about table linens from Cassie Bernardi at Pomegranate!
"My job at holiday meals has always been helping my Grandmother decorate the tables. I never really liked to help prepare the food, but I can remember running to the hall closet at my Grandmother’s house and pulling out the dry cleaned, white linen cloths. Getting to choose one for the kid’s table, then the adult table. Picking stemware. Opening the cedar chest of silver and setting each place. Then my sisters and I would run outside and cut holly from the yard, make place setting cards and set out the China. I can almost remember the excitement of this ritual as much as the creamed peas and twice baked potatoes that make my mouth water in memory.
It sounds somewhat fancy, but my family is really a casual bunch. We love to eat and laugh and play games at the holidays. But my Grandmother did impart a tradition of “getting out the fineries” for the holidays. It made the holidays so special to me and I loved helping her set each place.
My grandmother passed away several years ago, and my mom, aunts and uncles now take turns hosting the holiday meals. I still like to take charge of the table setting whenever allowed.
As much as I love the crisp white linens, I am obsessed with color and love prints (how could you not working at Pomegranate). This year, I don’t want to stick with the traditional red and green of Christmas or gold, rust and brown of Thanksgiving.
I am totally inspired by Anna Spiro’s Absolutely Beautiful Things blog. I love the colorful plates, and bold flowers she uses below. I also love the idea of mixing formal with informal… just because we use the silver does not mean the flowers cannot be arranged in assorted mason jars.
I also found some awesome ideas for adding a little extra touch with these cute details. I love this idea of using butcher paper on the kid’s table from Southern Living…
Another idea is letting the kiddos help make place card holders. It keeps them busy and out of the way while they wait for the main event.
I absolutely love the holidays! Spending time with my family and pigging out are two of my favorite things to do! Setting a beautiful, creative, unique table is one of the ways you can make the day and meal that much more special.
Hope you have wonderful holiday season!"
Don't forget that Pomegranate is having their warehouse sale December 8th through 11th at 951 Floyd Drive in Lexington KY. It's a perfect excuse to load up on some fabulous linens for your holiday tablescape!