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Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:01 am

Change of pace


Whether your personal style is funky, classic, rustic or luxurious, sometimes you just want something different to show your guests for the holidays.

Dress it up

Create a beautiful glassware display with what you have on hand. Collins glasses can serve as candleholders and upside-down martini glasses can elevate a display. A cake pedestal can serve the same purpose.

Bring out your best serveware. That serving plate your in-laws gifted you years ago has gone unused for far too long. Even if you don’t have food to put on it, use the platters for extra napkins, candles or décor.

Use a spare platter to create a formal-looking wet bar. Set out every bottle of booze, mixer and garnish you have and put some ice in a bucket. Hang some twinkly lights nearby and set out all your cocktail glasses so they’ll sparkle.

Craft themed place cards for your guests. They’re easy and expensive to make, but thoughtful and personalized. Bonus points for attaching a small trinket that your guests can take home to remember the night.

Add luxurious touches to your guest rooms. Something as simple as a pillow mint, holiday candles (with matches) or a towel warmer in the bathroom will show your thoughtfulness to your guests.

Keep it chill

Use your cooking tools as part of the food display to emphasize your homemade dishes. A nice wooden cutting board can display charcuterie and cheese. Show off your cast iron skillet – but don’t forget a trivet!

Leave treats and appetizers all around the home. Your guests can pick at food and candies no matter where they sit down. That way, they won’t linger near the dining table or in the kitchen while you’re preparing the meal.

Skip the green and red and try a more modern combination, like teal and orange; black, white and gold; or different shades of blue. If you can’t give up those classic colors, splash in some lime green for a more playful look.

Include some DIY food items. Bake the cookies and cupcakes and set up a decorating station with extra frosting and sprinkles. You’ll give your guests something fun to do and ensure picky eaters are satisfied.

Burlap is your friend. It’s easy to work with and automatically gives everything a rustic feel. Wrap burlap around gifts and silverware, or use it as a tree skirt or tablecloth. Plus, it’s neutral so it will work with your existing color palette.

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