Setting the Table for Our Dream Dinner Party

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Southern Accents

 

Good morning, chic readers! We are so, so excited that Christmastime is almost here! 

Christmas dining room dinner party
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

We are counting down the minutes until all the family is together again and we are sitting around the dinner table talking, laughing and, of course, eating the yummy meals that we only get once a year. 

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Southern Accents

 

In the meantime, we are joining forces with the other By Invitation Only girls to chat about our dream dinner party!

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Lauren DeLoach via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

It would of course start with the perfect table setting. Fine china. Starched linens. Sterling silver

champagne dinner party
One Kings Lane – Photo by Mel Barlow

 

And champagne. Always, always champagne. There is absolutely another more festive or more celebratory than a few bubbles sparkling in a glass!

bar cart in brass
One Kings Lane

 

But one of the parts of a dream dinner party is making sure that everyone has his or her favorites. So we would certainly make sure to accommodate everyone’s unique tastes. 

Christmas desserts
Domino

 

We like food. We honestly do. But if we’re dreaming here, desserts would really be enough. Small confections that melt in your mouth and chocolate. All the chocolate. 

White Russian cocktail
Lark & Linen

 

To go with the sweets and champagne? Salted Caramel White Russians!

hot chocolate
Lark and Linen

 

And white hot chocolate in festive mugs with cinnamon sticks. 

Christmas gingerbread house
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

As for decorations, no fancy flowers will be necessary. We’d rather have a gingerbread house any day of the week!

christmas table
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

In fact, anything kid-friendly would do.

gingerbread house
Connecticut Cottages and Gardens

 

Because we should all get to be kids again at the holidays. 

cookies for Christmas
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

As for our dream guests. Well, we would invite YOU! We can’t think of anything better than sitting around a gorgeous table sipping hot chocolate with our fabulous, amazing readers who make every day feel like a special occasion. 

christmas crackers
Party Crackers

 

Then we could all pop party crackers together, hug goodbye and promise to do it again next year. Because the best parties are traditions, ones that we can look forward to year after year. And dream about long after they are over…

 

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Last week we had the pleasure of spending a fun-filled long weekend in the place that we think gets as close to Christmas magic as you can without going to the North Pole: NYC! I had the most amazing  day of meetings with the team at Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster),  about all that is THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, the sequel to SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE and the second book in Peachtree Bluff series–and filmed fun videos that I can’t wait to share with you! To celebrate the upcoming launch (April 3, 2018!) and get you in the holiday spirit, we’re giving away a $100 Amazon gift card for your holiday essentials. Enter below!

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Setting the Christmas Table

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Photo: Genevieve Garruppo/Lonny

 

Good morning, lovely readers! Can you believe how incredibly close we are getting to Christmas? Is it beginning to look like it at your house?

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Beaufort Dining Room – Smith Cameron Photography

 

This is our holiday table, all set and ready, with Christmas ornaments at every place. (If you peek into the bookcase, you’ll see our favorite Christmas decoration: A felt nativity from Wisteria that is too sweet for words!)

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Suzanne Kasler via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Do you set your table the same way every year? Is it a bit of a tradition?

 

flowers
Pamela Pierce – Milieu Magazine

 

Or do you come up with something new and different every year?

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Suzanne Rheinstein Design

 

Do you fill your table with delicious treats, buffet-style, so that all your guests can mix and mingle?

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One Kings Lane

 

Or do you set each place full of good things for guests to enjoy?

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Carolyne Roehm via Architectural Digest

 

Do you go all out with the Christmas accessories and decor?

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One Kings Lane

 

Or do you keep the table simple and beautiful, suitable for any season?

One Kings Lane

 

The perfect flourish in a napkin makes each guest feel special. We love a sprig of something fresh at each plate.

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BHG

 

Nothing is more classic at the holiday table than silver and linens. A little dash of something fresh is the icing on the cake!

 

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Cottages & Gardens

This children’s table may be our favorite of all!

We hope that our favorite holiday tables have given you a bit of inspiration for your own. Thanks so much for making us a part of your day!


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