Holiday in Color - 405 Magazine

Holiday in Color

Embracing some less-conventional colors can help make your holiday tablescape pop with visual inspiration.


The holidays are a joyous time, and while celebratory decorations abound this time of year, our homes are one of the first places this joy starts to come into view. A beautifully set table can be one of the most perfect places to show off our talents – bring out the finery and spruce up the table with fresh flowers!

A change of color scheme can really help make a surprising splash. You can still have the usual red and green, but why not add in orange or yellow, or even pink? Boxwood and holly give a feel of tradition, as well, and if you are lucky, you needn’t go any farther than gathering some clippings from your own garden.

For the necessities of the table, a solid colored plate accompanied by gold flatware will lend a new and different feel. Add in treasures as you can, maybe with monogrammed heirloom linens or a polished set of salt and pepper shakers. Don’t be afraid to mix the old and the new, the traditional with the modern. Step out a bit with unusual flowers, and wow your guests with a new take on the holiday table.


• R. Wood dinner plate, $55; Fortessa Arezzo brushed gold 5-piece place setting, $70; Abigails Gatsby tumbler in gold, $20; all from Culinary Kitchen

• Orange garden roses from Whole Foods; pink, maroon and gold celosia and mustard yellow yarrow from A Date with Iris; pepperberry, holly and boxwood from the author’s garden

• Linens and salt & pepper shakers from private collection