Decorating your holiday table doesn’t need to be difficult! Planner Jenna Lam and photographer Meg Smith have stopped by today to show you that with the right accents, using your own china, flatware, and glassware can make for a simple, elegant, and perfectly festive table.

 

From Jenna: “The Heath Ceramics plates and Riedel glassware are a staple in my household. By bringing in metallic accents like the gold flatware and gold mercury-glass votives, we instantly made simple everyday items feel more luxurious. The exquisite hand-painted ornaments by Priti Ornaments, doubling as a place cards, added a personalized touch. We also wanted to put a more modern spin on typical Christmas colors.”

 

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“Don’t be afraid to use what you already have! Your everyday china and glassware can look unexpectedly elegant with the right tweaks. Similarly, don’t feel like you need to use evergreen to get the holiday feel. Use what’s in your garden or yard. We love incorporating boxwood and rosemary into our holiday arrangements.”

 

 

 

 

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More tips from Jenna:

– If you’re not savvy with flowers, bring in color through the table linens or through touches like an ornament place card.

– Think beyond the tabletop – we hung mini boxwood wreaths from the backs of the dining chairs which is a great alternative to a floral centerpiece is you’re short on space.

– I say you can never have too many candles. It’s the holidays! Break out the tapers, votives, pillars. It will make your entire table feel cozy and festive.

 

 

We’d love to see your holiday tables, so share your pics with us on Instagram and tag us @snippetandink for a chance to be featured. And thank you to Jenna and Meg for stopping by with this lovely table!

Photography: Meg Smith / Event Planning & Design: Jenna Lam Events / Hand-Painted Ornaments: Priti / Name Tags: PS Paper / Plates: Heath Coupe / Flatware: Frances Lane, purchase similiar ones at West Elm / Linen: La Tavola, purchase similar at Williams-Sonoma / Napkins: Kim Seybert / Mercury Glass Votive Candles: West Elm / Glassware: Riedel / Champagne Coupe: Sur La Table / Floral Design: Lexie Brooks for Jenna Lam Events / Brass Vase: Jamali Garden

 

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One of our favorite aspects of winter? Grapefruit season! This week’s Signature Cocktail takes advantage of the grapefruit abundance — but kicking things up a notch with some tequila and prosecco, of course. Enjoy!

Recipe from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, photography by Josh Gruetzmacher.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Reposado Tequila
.5 oz. Aperol
.5 oz. Fresh lime juice
.5 oz. Agave syrup (equal parts agave nectar and water)
1oz. Fresh pink grapefruit juice
1 Pinch of sea salt

Directions: Shake well with ice and strain into a highball glass over new ice. Top with 1.5 ounces Prosecco.

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The countdown to Christmas is officially kicking into high gear! We’re keeping things cheerful with this week’s Signature Cocktail — the Feliz Natal! POM pomegranate juice, pineapple, Ruby Port and Cognac all come together for a drink full of festive flavor and color.

Recipe from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, photography by Josh Gruetzmacher.

Ingredients: 

1 oz. Ruby Port
1 oz. Cognac
1 oz. pomegranate-pineapple holiday juice blend*
.75 oz. house-made spiced pineapple syrup
*for the holiday juice blend: 1 oz. POM brand pomegranate juice, .25 oz. Pineapple juice, and .5 oz. fresh lemon juice

Directions: Add all ingredients, shake & strain and pour in a martini glass.  Garnish with 1/2 orange wheel.

 

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Happy December! This week’s Signature Cocktail  is just right for the crazy countdown to Christmas — spiked eggnog! Since this recipe makes a small batch for two, it’s perfect for a cozy date night, but it can most definitely be scaled for larger parties! Enjoy!

Recipe from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, photography by Josh Gruetzmacher.

EGGNOG

Ingredients

– 2 large eggs
– just over 3 oz (by volume) superfine sugar
– ½ tsp freshly-grated nutmeg
– 2 oz brandy
– 2 oz spiced rum (I use Sailor Jerry’s, or can be house-made)
– .25 oz. Jamaican Rum (Appleton)
– 6 oz whole milk
– 4.25 oz heavy cream
– pinch of 5-spice mix

 

Directions:

Beat eggs in blender for one minute on medium speed. Slowly add sugar and blend for one additional minute. With blender still running, add nutmeg, brandy, rum, milk and cream until combined. Chill thoroughly to allow flavors to combine and serve in small punch cups. Top with grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick and serve.

 

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We’ve got the perfect Signature Cocktail for your Thanksgiving feast on our blog today! Called “To All a Goodnight,” this spin on an old-fashioned incorporates cranberries for a burst of fun color and fresh flavor! We would love to see how all of our readers are celebrating tomorrow… tag us @snippetandink on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Original recipe from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, photography by Josh Gruetzmacher.

Ingredients:

1 oz. house-made spiced cranberry shrub
.5 oz. lemon juice
1.5 oz. whiskey or reposado tequila*

*if using reposado tequila, we switch the lemon juice to lime juice

Directions: Fill ice in an old-fashioned glass, add spiced cranberry shrub, lemon juice and whiskey (or tequila!), shake & strain. Garnish with skewered cocktail cranberries.

 

Josh Gruetzmacher and Paula Le Duc Fine Catering are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

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