Entertaining guru Jennifer Sbranti shows us how to set the tone for an elegant holiday party with sparkling silver and glimmering gold.
An elegant affair with lots of shimmer and sparkle is the perfect excuse to break out the good china.
Creative touches make this party look expensive -- but are super cheap. Instead of purchasing a pricey metallic table runner, use an inexpensive silver curtain panel.
Don't worry if you don't have china to match the theme. Casual white plates will work just fine. Just make sure to use gold or silver chargers beneath each place setting.
Ornamental china with hints of silver and gold set the scene for a swanky holiday soiree. Create your own decorative plates by adorning glittering rhinestones to plain plates.
Simple white napkins pop with a matte silver napkin holder.
Choose clear glasses and goblets with a hint of shimmer, such as this fancy, silver-rimmed glass.
Line buffets and drink displays with decorative metallic garlands and metallic votive candleholders.
Tip: Dust bowls of pinecones or modern potpourri decorative balls with gold glitter for some extra decoration.
A quick trip down the holiday decorating aisle is all you'll need to create a chic centerpiece. Here, we used two, 12-inch ornament stands, small ball ornaments (in both matte and shiny gold), silver and gold garland, and a few votive candle holders with a gold foil finish.
If you're using assigned seating, look for silver and gold ball ornament place card holders to match your shimmering centerpiece.