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Southern Living Videos

Jan18

Southern Living Tabletop Collection: Wow Your Party Guest

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Jan18

The Southern Living Collection – A Ballard Designs Exclusive

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Jan18

Launch of the Southern Living Collection

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Oct5

How to Add the WOW Factor to your Holiday Meal

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A Beautiful Autumn Table: Party Favor

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.

 

 

An Elegantly Casual Holiday Table: Personalized Place Settings

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.

 

 

An Unforgettable Formal Holiday Table: Place Card Holder

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.

 

 

Oct4

How to Set a Beautiful Holiday Table

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A Beautiful Autumn Table: Layering

Think of the place setting the way you would an outfit: you might layer a shirt with a sweater and add a scarf to give it some interest. Apply that same layering idea to your table. Start with a crisp linen tablecloth, combine our Holiday Branch dinner plates with our Southern Living dinner and bread plates and layer in metal chargers for extra style. Now add in color with linens and flowers. These amazing greenery illustrations were commissioned just for us—and they work double-duty as a garnish for your food.

Oct4

How to Create Chic Holiday Centerpieces

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Chic Centerpieces: Autumn

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?

 

 

Chic Centerpieces: Casual Holiday

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!

 

 

Chic Centerpieces: Formal Holiday

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!

 

 

Jul26

Southern Living Idea House 2012

By |Design Experts|83 Comments

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