Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Your Holiday Table: The center of attention

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I am not a Martha Stewart fan.  I will admit it from the start.  She does great work and I have bought a few of her craft products to make projects with (I do paper crafting on both the personal and professional level), but to me, she is not a goddess, repeat, NOT a goddess.  (You can read why I am not a fan here)Martha has her ways, has made a household name for herself, in fact, an empire, but not everything Martha says is not gold.  Angels do not fall out of the sky when she speaks.   So when I decorate, the secret police are not going to come to my house from the White House, if my tablescape is not directly from her magazine.   I do admire that she does has several Longaberger baskets, and that she is a Longaberger fan.  That pleases me a lot.  This is my personal opinion on Martha Stewart, and mine alone.  I do follow her, because I want to know where her head is at on decorating and crafting.
I will get into today’s special in a moment, but I do want to talk a little bit about your Holiday table.   It does not matter if you are having a party, or just trying to get through the day with kids in tow, you do want a neat table.  I also follow the following decorators:  Nate Berkus, B. Smith, Christopher Lowell, and a few others, as well as some bloggers for my decorating ideas, and there is one thing that all of these people do agree on, and that is you must have a beautiful centerpiece.
When making your centerpiece, there is a saying that YouTubber and Simply Laura host Laura Vitale says when advise her viewers they can put anything in a recipe that she is cooking on her YouTube channel and on the show, and that is, “The world is your pickle”, that means, do whatever makes you feel comfortable in doing.  This includes your budget, your style, your colors, and what you have on hand to make your centerpiece.  Now I am not going to tell you to go to design school for this task, because, you can find ideas on Pinterest, other peoples blogs, Google, Yahoo, or Bing search it (I do not recommend Ask.com at all), eve ask your friends and family members what they do for a centerpiece.
A centerpiece, when done correctly needs the following elements:
1)      Keep it Simple –Having a complicated centerpiece overpowers everything else that is on the table, the place settings, the food, and ambiance.
2)      Make it festive- Have a theme (4th of July, Christmas, Joe’s retirement, or family reunion), use colors, textures, and be mindful of space and light (which produces the color spectrum), but still keep it simple
3)      Scale and proportion (sizing):  I am the first to say:  consider how big the surface of your table, rather it is big or small, or shape (Oblong (curved edges with sides), round, square, or rectangle).  There is nothing worse than seeing a really big centerpiece on a tiny surface.  In other words, a small table needs a small arrangement.
4)       Balance:  consider the following types
a.       Formal arrangements are symmetry.  Everything needs to be equal (matching; a mirror image).  If you have 6 place settings, you can have 6 small arrangements down center of the table, or at each place setting.
b.      Informal arrangements are asymmetrical.  Everything is at odd number ((the rule of three for example).  If you have 6 place settings, you can have 3 small arrangements down the center, or have an arrangement in between settings.
c.       Radical.  There is one centerpiece, and everything radiates from the center, like a sundial or sunburst.  This is common for round tables.
5)      Rhythm:  when people think of rhythm, they immediately go to music and sound.  The beat of a drum.  Not in the case.  Rhythm simply means how everything flows on the table, or in this case the centerpiece.  This is where proportion, scale, simplicity, and color, as well as balance come together, and your eye goes from one spot of the centerpiece to another.  To me, it makes a person say they hate it or love it.   A centerpiece, as well as the rest of table need repetition (elements used more than once) and transition (the eye being able to go from one spot to another and be able to tell that there are small and big pieces there, and well as the light and dark areas of the centerpiece.
6)      Emphasis:   a focal point.  The main element, and then being able to place pieces around that focal point.  Something that the eye is drawn to.
7)      Harmony:  When everything has mesh together as though they belonged in that space.
Keep these in mind for a centerpiece, and you cannot go wrong.  Just have fun in make it.
Now for the special:
  • Make it a star-studded holiday season, with Woven Traditions Star Platters and Dishes!
  • Great for all your fall and holiday decorating. They make a great "point" in highlighting your style.
  • Available in your choice of colors, to match any room or any occasion.
  • Stack with your favorite Woven Traditions Plates for an eye-catching place setting.
  • Pair them with our set of 3 Wrought Iron Stands (an exclusive booking gift), for an extra special presentation.
  • Visit my Longaberger web site to see all the good cheer we have now and through December!

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