All of the gorgeous patterns in our 2013 Holiday Gift Wrap Collections, from Suzanne Kasler’s tartan plaids to our classic Document print in wrapping paper form, left us inspired by the idea of mixing holiday patterns in new ways.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without Suzanne. This year, she’s wrapped the holidays in festive tartan plaid, sprinkled them with ice white glitter and topped it all with her magical style. We sat down with our favorite interior designer to talk about her new holiday collection, her inspirations and her go-to decorating tips and tricks for a beautiful Christmas.
For a little party favor, make a mini bouquet for each guest. Try combining mini calla lilies, dahlias and drumstick flowers with some greenery from your yard. Simply gather the flowers in your hand and secure with a small hair band and snip the stems to the appropriate length. If you add a floral centerpiece to your table, be sure to repeat some of those same flower varieties from your mini bouquets, so that it all pulls together.
For a special touch, make a napkin ring from ribbon and create a place card with our Metal Tags. It looks especially pretty when you tuck in a sprig of berries and evergreen. Use this same trick of tying ribbon and greenery sprigs to the stems of your guests’ wine glasses. Using different colors of ribbon and different types of greenery on each stem is a great way for your guests to identify their glass.
Sugared fruit gives the table a frosty winter effect. For a great place card holder, use a gorgeous pear. Spray gold foil metallic paint on the pear—you can find the paint at a crafts store. Write your guests’ names on card stock and cut the card into a leaf shape. A pearl corsage pin from the florist works beautifully for attaching the card to the pear. Finish off your masterpiece by adding a silver spray painted magnolia leaf, a piece of sugared rosemary and a sprig of winter berry. Now, you are ready to welcome your guests to a beautiful evening.
Create a simple, chic arrangement in no time. Choose three vessels with dramatic scale, like our Seagrass Hurricanes. For the center hurricane, make a bouquet using flowers that fit the color scheme of your table, such as mini calla lilies. Secure with florist’s tape, cover the tape with our Satin Ribbon and clip the stems so they sit neatly in the vase. For the other two hurricanes, float a few dahlia blooms and candles in water. How easy is that?
If you’re looking for a low centerpiece, our Marble Bowls make a gorgeous base. Start by filling it with ryegrass, which you can grow from seed or buy in flats from your grocery store or florist. Cut a square to fit down in the bowl with a serrated bread knife. Tuck red carnation blooms around the bowl to hide the soil. To finish it off, tuck in evergreen and Hypericum berries. It should last a week if you spritz with water. One of these arrangements works beautifully for a round table, or use three down a rectangular table—it’s stunning!
Create a beautiful, frosty winter look with a sugared fruit display. Our tiered Marble Cake Plates are perfect for showing off your edible arrangement. Start with clean, dry fruit in shades of red and green. Then, paint on orange liqueur with a new, clean brush. Sprinkle fine granulated sugar over half the fruit and let dry for 30 minutes. Turn the fruit over to complete the other side and touch up as needed. Dip rosemary in the orange liqueur and sprinkle with sugar. Once your sugared beauties are ready, arrange on the stand and tuck in the rosemary. Enjoy!
This is a fun and creative way to personalize your gifts. It is a project that you can involve the whole family in. Each can make their own “special tags”. This is not just a project for the Holiday. You can use it for any occasion that requires a gift: New Baby, Birthday, Anniversary. So get creative and have some fun!