Cel­e­brat­ing in Style

We tapped Van­cou­ver in­te­rior de­signer. Me­gan Baker to cre­ate a re­fined and modern ta­blescape to last you from Christ­mas to New Year's - and she's shar­ing some of her top style and en­ter­tain­ing tips, too.

Western Living - - FOOD / A VERY MODERN HOLIDAY -

Backup Bar Cre­ate a ta­ble­side bar on a side­board with just the essen­tials (wa­ter, chilled wine, your cho­sen spirit) so that you don’t have to leave the din­ner ta­ble while host­ing. Zhuzh Up Neu­trals Mix tex­tures as much as pos­si­ble: a shiny glazed din­ner plate with an ir­reg­u­larly shaped hand­made bread plate and a matte black ap­pe­tizer plate are each go­ing to bring a lot of in­ter­est to a lim­ited colour pal­ette. That X Fac­tor Us­ing glass and me­tal to add shine is key—the re­flec­tion adds an­other level of di­men­sion to the light­ing, cre­at­ing that sparkle we want for hol­i­day din­ing. Skip the Charger A charger can be one piece too many for a modern din­ner party, so in­stead try fold­ing a nap­kin into thirds length­wise and then plac­ing it un­der the plate at each set­ting. It’s a hy­brid of a place­ment and a charger that reads fresh, and you can eas­ily use pat­tern here to in­ject some per­son­al­ity. Cre­ate Drama With fewer flow­ers and wild, ges­tu­ral branches, this dra­matic cen­tre­piece (op­po­site) is a fresh al­ter­na­tive to big flo­rals and adds in­ter­est with­out cre­at­ing a block­ade guests can’t talk over. Height Fac­tor Opt­ing for three dif­fer­ent ar­range­ments at vary­ing heights cre­ates an el­e­gant group­ing at one end of the ta­ble so you can leave room for food at the other. Table­ware and ac­ces­sories pro­vided by CB2, Crate and Bar­rel, Pro­vide, the Bay, the Cross Decor and De­sign, and West Elm. Flower ar­range­ments by Hana flo­rals.

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