It’s only mid-November, and the leaves are still colorful in Greensboro, NC, but we’re already dreaming of Christmas over here at McAlister-Leftwich House! There are so many ways to “do” Christmas in your home, and we wanted to bring a little cheer to you this year. While this tabletop is bright and happy, it also feels extremely classic and sophisticated. There are so many unique elements woven throughout, I’m going to take some time to highlight a few of my favorite ways Cheryl built this design!
First, I think my absolute favorite detail is the addition of these vintage pink ornaments we found at an antique store a few weeks back. Cheryl tied some perfectly pink silk ribbon to the top and voila! (Pro tip: Add a sticky dot to the bottom to keep the ornaments up right!)
The bows and ornaments coordinate perfectly with the pink beeswax candles. I love that she didn’t just use an expected taper candle, but chose the beeswax candle, which added amazing texture to the arrangement. Cheryl paired them with these gold candleholders as well as a set of of these Michael Aram Iris candleholders.
Velvet is an amazing choice for table linens. It both feels luxurious and cozy, which is perfect for these special holidays in the colder months. Cheryl used a gold velvet runner, and I love how she didn’t just simply lay it down, but created movement that really showed off the beautiful texture.
The Royal Albert Lady Carlyle china is so bright and happy, and while it’s not a traditional Christmas china, it works perfectly in this setting! I’m a sucker for pink at Christmas, so I was over the moon when Cheryl chose to use it. The green napkins tied in well with the greenery on the credenza.
Okay, let’s get into this cocktail. You know we love whipping up fun drinks around here at McAlister-Leftwich House, and Cheryl chose a super yummy drink (yes, I sampled at 11 am :)) for y’all to add to your Christmas menu. It’s easy to make and even easier to batch, which is perfect when serving larger-than-normal crowds!
Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail
Ingredients (serves one)
2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce St. Germain (elderflower liquor)
1/3 cup fresh squeezed clementine or blood orange juice (we used blood orange)
Ginger beer (for topping)
Pomegranate arils (for topping)
1 spring fresh thyme or mint (we used mint)
Recipe originally from Half-Baked Harvest
And how sweet is this tea set up? I love the idea of having a station for guests to grab a cup of tea before or after the meal. This set is styled on a set of nesting tables, which keeps it accessible yet consolidated. She added more pink ornaments (again, secured with a sticky dot!) to tie in the whole set up with the dining table.
Photography by Liz Grogan