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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Select vendor Erin Kate has paired up with floral designer Nicole Land of Soil & Stem for this gorgeous berry- and emerald-hued inspiration shoot… I absolutely love the use of berries and mint leaves in these floral arrangements!



From Nicole: “We wanted to keep our look personal and organic. To achieve this vision, we used delicate detailing such as hand-lettered calligraphy, heirloom jewelry and flatware, French silk ribbon, and fresh mint sprigs harvested from the garden that morning. Vintage frogs were used to display seating assignments, menu, and invitation. We really loved the contrast of harsh metal against the supple fluidity of calligraphy. Floral frogs were also given as favors for wedding guests to use in their own garden bouquets or to display as art in their home.

“From the flowers to our signature spritzer and ice, you will find rich berry and orchid hues woven throughout the shoot. Our berry theme carried over (literally in berries!) to our boutonnieres and cake styling. We find these colors evoke passion, closeness, and creativity – a little of what every love story is made of. David Austin’s ‘Kate’ garden roses, named in honor of the Duchess of Cambridge, provide us with a magenta that is striking against other beautiful stems like ranunculus, stock, mint, and olive. Aside from color, Kate’s fragrance is fresh with delicious hints of raspberry, redcurrant, and geranium.

“My favorite part of the shoot was plucking a stray purpling ivy vine that had crept its way onto my lawn. Using ivy was never a part of my original design but it transformed into a lovely gestural member in my arrangements. Sometimes these small and inconsequential nuances can tie everything together to form a perfect marriage.”

Photographer, Styling: Erin Kate / Floral Design, Styling: Soil & Stem / Calligrapher: You Doll Design / Cake: Pippa Cakery / Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic
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    21 April 2014
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    Here’s part two of Ariella Chezar‘s incredibly inspiring three-day floral workshop at Chalk Hill Clematis: a gorgeous dinner party in the olive grove on the last night of the workshop, with photos by Meg Smith. And in case you missed it, see part one right HERE.


    Photography: Meg Smith / Workshop, Design Concept: Ariella Chezar / Venue: Chalk Hill Clematis in Healdsburg, California / Linens: La Tavola / Rentals: Classic Party Rental

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  • Floral Workshop with Ariella Chezar and Meg Smith

    16 April 2014
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    Three of the most delightful days I’ve ever spent were at one of Ariella Chezar‘s incredible floral workshops, so it’s always such a treat to feature them here. With these beautiful photos by Meg Smith, you’ll be dreaming of gardens and flowers for days…

    From Ariella: “Chalk Hill has always been high on my flower fantasy list as it is an absolutely spectacular cut flower farm. The Healdsburg setting and property is beyond, and the owners Kaye and Richard Heafey have created something truly beautiful. Not only are the clematis to die for, but there are row upon row of massive arching bushes of caning garden roses, an olive grove (they make really delicious olive oil and aged balsamico), a beautiful Mary Toomey designed garden, and the most insane kitchen garden I’ve ever seen. Wisteria draped arbor, espaliered fruit trees, fig hedges, citrus galore, several happy humming bee hives, pomegranates…

    “It was such a kick to see the greedy glee in all the attendees faces as they cut buckets upon buckets of blooms. Thorns be damned, no one could get enough. There really is nothing like cutting your own flowers.”

    Workshop attendees discussed color and choosing flowers for an event, and had the chance to create some of Ariella’s signature-style compote arrangements, taller statement arrangements, and bridal bouquets…

    “My goal for these workshops is to teach people in an inspiring setting, feed them delicious food and allow them to work with the most beautiful flowers around. A full on sensual overload,” says Ariella. “I think Chalk Hill offers that and more, and so I intend to make it an annual occurrence.”

    There are two spots left in Ariella’s next Master Class workshop at Chalk Hill, May 13-15. Find more information right HERE, or you can sign up for Ariella’s mailing list to be notified of future workshops HERE.



    On the final day of Ariella’s Master Class workshops, attendees learn about designing a cohesive, unforgettable party. Check back later today to see Ariella‘s stunning table from last year’s Chalk Hill workshop, with more beautiful pics by Meg Smith.


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    Let’s escape to Maui! Ariella Chezar recently held a workshop there, and on the last day she walked attendees through her process of creating a perfectly designed table – which they all got to enjoy later that evening for an end-of-workshop dinner party!

    Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar
    Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar
    Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar

    Says Ariella: “The gold and violet ribbon (wrapped around the votives above) was the jumping off point for the table design. It’s funny, I’ve never really loved purple that much, but these days I’ve really been enjoying this sort of violet/lavender color and I think it looks amazing with gold (what doesn’t!?). The ombre La Tavola Sinai Sunrise Amethyst was a beautiful base with a gold coated linen underneath all.”

    Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar
    Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar

    “The location for the party was the old Baldwin estate – tons of history, incredible old trees, and a beautiful colonial house.”

    Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar

    Have carnations ever looked so lovely as they do in these chair garlands? As part of the workshop, Ariella takes attendees on a tour of the local cut flower farm, where they found purple bananas that she incorporated into the centerpiece (below).

    Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar
    Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar

    “I always try to have my events look of the place,” says Ariella, “and the Hawaiian fabric that we made into napkins helped to achieve this.”

    Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar
    Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar

    Interested in Ariella’s workshops? Check out her website for dates and info.

    See more of this bright, tropical wedding table in the gallery.

    Floral Designer: Ariella Chezar / Photographer: Anna Kim / Venue: Historic Baldwin Estate on Maui, Hawaii / Linens: La Tavola Linen
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