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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Six Ideas For Your Holiday Tabletops

Many of us are gearing up for a celebratory dinner in a few days, whilst some of us are looking for New Year's Eve party sidetable ideas, but let's face it, this week is traditionally pretty manic. So, why not take inspiration for your holiday tablescape from one of these six looks. I've opted for the rustic and welcoming look because it's stylish, but not too loud. Rather, it's simple paper chains and candles in empty bottles - which have been festooned with spare baubles - create a table that guests will feel comfortable to sit around. Plus, with time being tight, it's probably the quickest of all the looks to whip together. Group together the four key elements - bottles, candles, paper chains and spare decorations - and there you have it: the perfect table for festive celebrations. Which of these six looks do you like best?
Photography by Adrian Briscoe | Styling by Suzanne Stankus | Originally in edition by John Lewis

22 comments:

  1. Will, am with you 100% on the rustic. My fave also. All the best for Christmas and thankyou for your readership of Savoir Faire!
    David x

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  2. Hm, I'm going with modern and chic, it's the one that represents an Aussie summer Christmas the best!
    No table for us this year, as we'll be road-tripping. Perhaps I could jazz up a picnic table by the beach.....

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  3. Manic is right! I've got my table set, but I'm on the verge of getting sick. Aren't we all?!!!

    I can only narrow down to my top 3, which are 3,4 & 5.
    Love it when something is hanging from the chandelier!

    Merry merry mania!!!

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  4. I was going to say I loved the 1st and 3rd images... but then as I was trying to keep note of the ones I liekd, its pretty much all of them.
    Fabulous post, darling!
    xoxo,
    Hallie
    The Glam Lamb

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  5. Vintage romantic for me, the glassware is gorgeous!

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  6. Oh dear I love them all! Great inspiration. Decisions decisions - I'm going for my version of vintage rustic welcoming and hopefully elegant chic!! Happy Christmas Mr Bazaar. Sinead

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  7. Modern and chic for me mainly because i am totally loving the wrapping of that pressie in that pic! Divine!! Also loving the rustic too - love a bit of exposed brickwork!
    Rachie xo

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  8. I like the rustic one Will, except for the hard bench. Ouch! Think I'll go for the opulent one.
    Hope you have a lovely Christmas.
    Lots of love,
    Carole

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  9. I like the rustic one Will, except for the hard bench. Ouch! Think I'll go for the opulent one.
    Hope you have a lovely Christmas.
    Lots of love,
    Carole

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  10. I like the rustic one Will, except for the hard bench. Ouch! Think I'll go for the opulent one.
    Hope you have a lovely Christmas.
    Lots of love,
    Carole

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  11. I also love the rustic one! Beautiful!
    Merry Christmas! Thanks for always inspiring us!
    xx

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  12. Hello and thank you for these wonderful table treats!
    I like elements in each of them, and am especially drawn to candles.
    The rustic table scape is fab, and my knees go weak at the sight of that distressed brick wall!

    Wishing you a wonderful Xmas and a magic New Year.
    I hope you'll enter my give away - Marshall's photos may not be bright and colourful but they are beautifully shot and edited.

    Big hugs
    xx C

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  13. There is a VERY strong temptation to whip one of my tablecloths out of the sale (I've had my eye on one in particular for ages!) for my Christmas table - it would clash delightfully with my ricidulously oversized Victorian silverware. Maybe I deserve a Christmas pressie from Natural History?

    I'd have to go with the vintage romantic table, in that case, I think.

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  14. I love the lighting over the bright and opulent table!!

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  15. i kind of love the simple white paper chains... i did some for our flat this year, and they look so cute and cozy... got inspired by mr. jude law's library in The Holiday. ;)

    Yes, if we don't speak before this weekend- MERRY CHRISTMAS! Hope T spoils you rotten!

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  16. i am loving the one that says "let the feast begin"! these are soo great will!!

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  17. Will, I was about to declare the dramatic black dining-room set-up as my favorite (what a great idea; the holly works magically with the black!), but then I saw the whitewashed brick set-up below, and knew it was my fav -- and that was without seeing it was your own "Mr Bazaar" fav. Well, great minds think alike, as they say. :-)

    Here's wishing you a splendid holiday season, which I hope you're already heavily enjoying. And tomorrow's Christmas Eve! My favorite, magical day. :-) And all the best for a successful, inspiring and healthy 2011 -- you deserve it!

    XO
    Michael

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  18. Really hard to chose but I think the rustic one with a few vintage elements and maybe a little more colour!
    I can only dream of table settings. We have soooo many people round the table that there just isn't room for anything other than the food ;)

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  19. Thanks for dropping by and writing about your favourite tabletops and some stories of your own tables! Merry Christmas, folks!

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  20. I love those pendant lights in the first kitchen. Super chic but still warm and inviting. :) Here's my blog on kitchen design that you're readers may enjoy: http://www.kitchenimproved.com/

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