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Style a glamorous holiday table three ways

Author: Canadian Living

Home & Garden

Style a glamorous holiday table three ways

Company’s coming and you want the table to sparkle. What to do?

Interior decorator Wendy Reimer of Reimer Design and floral designer Eva Cooney of The Cove Classics – both in Oakville, Ont. – show you how to add instant holiday glamour with three all-out gorgeous place-setting toppers in three fabulously festive looks.

Click on images to view a larger picture of each arrangement:

Seasonal hues

Reimer layered red jacquard place mats and napkins with gilt-rimmed chargers and pretty plates. On top, gleaming organza bags offer sugarplums (foil-covered chocolates and rosy tree balls). Simple white tea lights, in clear glass containers edged with gold, add a flickering glow. For the centrepiece, Cooney paired plump cream-coloured roses with matching mini ornaments to boost the Christmas colour. Place mats and napkins, To Set a Table. Tea light container, House Warmings.

Stylish and sophisticated

Over the tabletop, Reimer crisscrossed runners of shimmery chocolate silk, which contrast beautifully with the shining silver and crystal and spotless linens. A quick spray of gold lends inexpensive gift boxes a luxurious look. Each one holds a hand-blown ornament, nestled in gold tissue and adorned with a sweet little satin bow, for the guests to take away. Table runners, House Warmings. Napkins, To Set a Table. Candles, Write Impressions.

Pleasant under glass

Cooney’s sunny yellow orchids inspired this lovely holiday luncheon table. Reimer chose an Irish damask cloth woven with a stylized floral pattern in warm tones of goldenrod and wheat. The crowning touch at each setting, personalized by Reimer’s handwritten place cards, is a single orchid with sprigs of boxwood and berries set beneath an upended shrimp bowl. Tablecloth, Lucca. Napkins, To Set a Table.

This story was originally titled "Last-Minute Holiday Magic" in the January 2007 issue of Canadian Living. Subscribe today and never miss an issue!

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