I love doing these Project Design posts with my friends Cindy, Mary Ann and/or guest bloggers TK because it gets me thinking waaaay ahead. When it comes to holiday tables, it’s always a good idea to have it figured out and then when it gets closer to the party you can worry about the menu planning/shopping/cooking and all that other stuff. And besides, the table is my favorite part. I worked with Juliska, which happens to be based nearby in Stamford, Connecticut. I love their pewter tableware and of course their glassware is gorgeous.
A simple Scandinavian inspired table for the holidays
I grew up where every holiday meant china, crystal, silver, and pressed linens in the dining room. It was wonderful, but I have never been very formal. I do love a beautiful table, but it’s always very simple. I use linen napkins. I go back and forth on pressing or leaving wrinkled like linen is naturally. On the one hand I love washing them and then giving them a good snap when they come out of the washer and line dry them. Then there’s the voice in my head that says,”don’t be so lazy…press the napkins.” But here’s the thing…two stores that I love have very differing opinions on the subject. Monelle from the lifestyle brand and store Hudson Grace in San Francisco would neeeeeever press linen napkins. Then there’s Roman and Williams Guild in New York City and they press their linen to the point of stiffness. Our napkins are from Magic Linen and for everyday I simply wash and hang to dry. I did press them and even used a little spray starch for my holiday table. So, do tell…do you press your cloth napkins for everyday? For company?
Juliska Berry & Thread Glassware, Pewter & Emerson plates plus beautiful linen napkins by Magic Linen
Juliska is known for their beautiful glassware. It has that recognition of the Juliska brand with the Berry & Thread Medallion. The Pewter Stoneware Collection uses their unique mottling technique that gives each piece an original hammered design. Part of the Pewter collection includes the Emerson plates which features a white washed stoneware with a pewter band.
A Small take-away gift or Party Favor?
I love to have a little take away gift. Something home-made, either sweet or savory. Sometimes I’ll make tiny shortbread cookies and wrap them up, but for my casual and a little bit rustic table, I decided to make Union Square Cafe’s bar nuts. I found these jars at Walmart! I added a simple leather tie to each jar.
Union Square Cafe’s Bar Nuts
5 ingredients plus cashews
Union Square Cafe’s Bar Nuts
These take just a few minutes to make and are delicious served warm just as your guests arrive. You can use a combination of mixed nuts or all cashews.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Category: appetizer
- Method: easy
- 1 pound mixed nuts or cashews
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons Malden sea salt
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- Place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake in a 375º oven for 10 minutes.
- Mix together the rosemary, cayenne, dark brown sugar, sea salt and melted butter.
- Mix the warm nuts in the spice mixture and toss together to coat.
- Serve warm
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