Holiday Decorations for Your Home
This year Real Simple tapped three style pros to create freshly festive holiday decorations that you can easily recreate at home.
“I like a relaxed Hanukkah table in traditional colors. A cluster of pitchers makes an informal centerpiece that you can leave
in place and refresh all season. With a menorah—or even without one the effect is sculptural, almost like a skyline.” —Jeffrey
W. Miller, Stylist
For texture, color, and warmth, layer a lively patterned runner on a casual (that is, unironed) basic white tablecloth. Use napkins of various prints to bring a fun sensibility to the table.
Intriguing Levels and Textures
If your pitchers are all about the same height, elevate one on a cake stand or a decorative box. And don’t be a stickler about polishing silver—tarnished pitchers have character.
Frosty Greens and Flowers
Stick with a simple palette of white and silvery gray. Tuck one type of flower (or foliage) in each container. Cut most to sit low, which will unify the pitchers, then leave a single stem long so it hovers above the grouping as a focal point. The flowers and foliage here can be found at most florists, but don’t forget your own backyard: Scout around for artful branches with pretty berries. You can also go to the supermarket and grab a mix of white flowers. From left: Silver Brocade artemisia, calla lilies cut short, a soaring Nerine lily, a solo leaf of lamb’s ear, and Silver Kochia.
White Dishes and Serving Pieces
With all that’s going on, you can just use your everyday white dishes. They’ll be a welcome respite and help keep the table from feeling chaotic and overdone.