notes on design....
How To Set A Modern Holiday Table, Part Deux
The best way to ensure your table looks modern and not too stuffy is to make it a representation of your style and aesthetics and not get too hung up on being formal, even if you are setting a table for an elegant affair. We love a mix of metallics and finishes, playful linens and patterns, but you can stick to a more neutral palette and clean lines if you prefer to be more minimal.
The most important thing to do is consider the progression of the party and meal, and think through how your guests will want to serve themselves, interact, pass food, pour, chat and move around your space. Will the meal be in a celebratory family style, a sumptuous buffet, or a more traditional sit-down affair? Once you have these fundamentals nailed down, you can think about how to layer or stack different plates for different courses, what kind of glassware is needed, and how many forks or spoons everyone will need.
It's not a bad idea to consider what you need as a host, as well. Make sure you are all set up to serve, pass, wipe up, ladle out, carve or refill as needed so that you get to have some fun, too!
Looking lovely in both the before and after shots (above the intro to this post and at left), this set is both luxurious and glamorous, and also clean and modern.
We love how flexible and adaptable this set is, no matter what color or pattern you are using for your table or decor. This off white set would look equally lovely on a bright blue or gold background.
Place setting includes one of each:
Salad fork, Dinner Fork, Dinner Knife, Tablespoon + Teaspoon.
Try pairing these with a metallic printed glass for extra global glamour.
The Odeme dessert sets include 4 melamine 6" plates that are ready to entertain fresh out of the box.
Check out some of Odeme's other patterns for your holiday entertaining - we think the Fete Side plates are also especially fetching.
These placemats by OYOY are too cute and because they are made of silicone, they can stand up to any challenge. Plus the neutral palette of dark grey won't interfere with your style theme. Adventure Placemats (left) and Christmas Placemats (right) are sold in sets of two.
These are sure to tempt the pickiest eater to at least try a brussel sprout before they skip ahead to the pie.
Also available in bright colors, we think these would be a really fun yet practical way to set a modern table.
Set includes one each of six styles.
Our last tip for an easy holiday table and clean up is to use some ravishing, and disposable, napkins, plates, straws and cups from Harlow & Grey.