One of the nice things about the holidays when you're a grown-up is that you can shape your traditions to better express the person you've become. Sure, you'll want to keep some of the classics, but there's also room to express your style as it is now.
In fact, this is an especially good moment for some modern style, when it's possible that each guest at your table is celebrating a different version of the holiday—if not a different holiday altogether. What's universal is wanting to celebrate a special occasion with people you care about.
1. Retro Pop
With the clink of ice cubes in a lowball glass and the fuzz of a record playing holiday jazz, you're in a mid-century modern-ish mood. This era is never going out of style. The Woven Snowflakes Table Runner and reindeer tumblers have all the nostalgia of a scarf Grandma knitted, but contrast against the Sputnik-era futurism of teal in the napkins, chargers, and wine glasses. The table pairs beautifully with a 1960s aluminum tree and a rotating colored light (not pictured).
2. The Merry Millennial
Maybe it's because we're living in chaotic times that lighter, cusping-on-pastel shades have become so popular. Whatever the reason, pinks and olives and the like are a very modern palette and make for a muted take on the more obvious red-and-green. The Blush Velvet Table Runner sets a calm base and is complemented by napkins and placemats in cedar. Stainless steel flatware with a copper finish gives the table the slightest touch of trendiness.
3. Woodsy Elegance
What is it about the December holidays that make us long for the snow-covered cabin of our childhood, even if we grew up in San Diego? Wherever that nostalgia comes from, hint at it with a touch of gingham in the linens and some candlelight dappling down on real garlands. Square porcelain plates and flatware in modern gold elevate the woodsy feeling with a contemporary look.
Photo Credit: Christopher Broe
This post is sponsored by Pier 1 and was created by the Apartment Therapy Creative Studio.
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