The holidays are about spending quality time with those we love. In fact, it’s my favorite time of year. Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean I’m done entertaining either. The New Year is just around the corner, and this year I wanted to switch things up for my family and friends to entertain over the holidays. Just a few easy steps to make enjoying the holidays all that more special.
Instead of the traditional turkey dinner to entertain over the holidays, I decided to do what we did last year which was a big hit with my family and host a fabulous holiday brunch instead. Along with this comes the perfect setting. Here are some tips and tricks to elevate your own brunch and turn the expected to the unexpected.
Establish A Color Scheme
The key to a great brunch is establishing a great color scheme. You can go fancy or even dollarstore, it doesn’t matter. Just as long as you have two colors that compliment one another. The trend for the holiday season is pairing opposite colors together and then add a third accent color such as silver or gold. This brings your holiday look to life for your guests.
Color schemes are also great for making your guests feel more relaxed. Colors such as mint and blush for a feminine vintage look. Or plum and teal for something more sophisticated. How about red and turquoise for a more retro look. Or navy and red to give a traditional festive look. Don’t think just table decorations either when thinking of a color scheme. Think accent pillows, covers, table linens, napkins and table runners.
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Set the mood and the table
The dinner table is your focal point for any holiday gathering. So make it memorable. Every table needs the following to reach impact.
Flow: Don’t over-pack the table with too many decorations. Keep it simple so there is lots of space for bumping elbows between guests, and make sure you can clear room for dessert on the table.
Flowers: Cut fresh flowers during the holidays are divine. You can even go out on a limb and create your own centerpieces with pine branches and rustic decor. Add some Christmas ornaments over-top a festive table runner.
Linens: Make sure your linens match your color scheme. Mix and match to keep your meal light-hearted and fun. Use slate marble or wood instead of traditional serving plates. Use vintage dishes and new items for a vintage and yet modern look.
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Think beyond the tree
The holidays go beyond the Christmas tree. Although I focus on my tree of course, I also think about the rest of my house. Try placing small wreaths, photos, bowls filled with ornaments or pine cones around the room. Use a string of lights inside a glass jar to add some sparkle to any room.