entertaining, holidays, party ideas, tabletop inspiration

A Celestial Holiday Table

It being our first Christmas in the office, I wanted to do something really special for my friends and co-workers to celebrate. So, when the ladies at Rue asked us to shoot our office for their holiday issue, I knew I wanted to put together a magical little table to go with it…

coco+kelley celestial christmas holiday tabletop

Featured on Rue’s site today, our shining, wintery table was inspired by several items – the rich velvet burgundy in our office chairs, and one of my absolute favorite china patterns of all time – the Bernardaud Etoiles collection.

coco+kelley celestial christmas holiday tabletop

coco+kelley celestial christmas holiday tabletop

Of course, we all know I don’t like to get too matchy, so I had to throw in those stunning swirled metallic dishes by Juliska, and a modern printed napkin from West Elm.

While the idea of having a true outdoor winter dining experience (snow and all) sounds great in theory, the reality seems a bit miserable to someone like me (constantly cold!). So, I decided our all-white office would be the perfect backdrop to create a similar mood.

coco+kelley celestial christmas holiday tabletop

The ‘icy’ table linens were a perfect fit, and I even added a thin dusting of fake snow to the setting! Candleholders in opaque whites completed the icy look, and we left the florals a bit wild to contrast the traditional settings and provide an outdoor feel.

coco+kelley celestial christmas holiday tabletop

coco+kelley celestial christmas holiday tabletop

Place settings were topped with rock candies as a sweet gift for each guest, but my most favorite element might have been the raw pyrite placecards…

coco+kelley celestial christmas holiday tabletop

 

coco+kelley celestial christmas holiday tabletop

Subtle, and organic, I thought they worked perfectly for a ‘celestial’ theme. Like little moon rocks.

coco+kelley celestial christmas holiday tabletop

The tree – of course – was decorated in similar colors and set the perfect backdrop for an evening of shimmer…

coco+kelley celestial christmas holiday tabletop

coco+kelley celestial christmas holiday tabletop

And as the sun began to set, the room was bathed in a warm glow…

coco+kelley celestial christmas holiday tabletop

coco+kelley celestial christmas holiday tabletop

And the party was ready to begin!

Read more about my inspiration for the table, and some tips for entertaining this holiday season, in the article on Rue!

sources :: table linens provided by choice linens // bernardaud etoiles china // juliska firenze salad dishes // west elm linen napkins // west elm rose gold flatware // kate spade champagne coupes // anthropologie gold rimmed glasses // candle holders and votives available at watson kennedy // tree from balsam hill

floral design by mckenzie powell // photography by belathée