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How to create a unique holiday tablescape that's fit for a feast

Steven Sabados incorporated the year’s top design trends into a conversation-worthy ‘scape that’s easy to replicate at home.

Steven Sabados incorporated the year’s top design trends into a conversation-worthy ‘scape

A holiday feast calls for a table that looks just as amazing as the meal you're cooking up. And while greenery and glitter may be the go-tos when it comes to decor this time of year, a festive table doesn't need to scream "Christmas". That's why, this year, Steven Sabados parted with tradition and used the season's top design trends to create a holiday tablescape sparked by the international flair found in Shahir's Middle Eastern-inspired holiday dinner. Dressing your table to reflect your meal will add a lot of atmosphere to your seasonal soirée, and with Steven's easy tips, you'll be dining in style in no time.

Start with jewel tones

Jewel tones are one of the hottest trends this season and Steven used them as the starting point for the entire spread. Opt for hues like emerald, sapphire and amethyst to really get the table going. The idea is to use one of these colours in every area of your table – glassware, dishes, centerpiece, linens, etc. All other elements should stay as neutrals. And while any neutral will do, we opted for metals, black and white.

Mix in textiles with global influence

For an eclectic, yet well-curated tablescape, we opted for textiles and linens inspired by various countries. The goal is for your setup to look collected, like the table of someone who is well-traveled and has picked up pieces along the way. Steven used a set of gorgeous mosaic patterned napkins, but any pattern that coordinates will do. And don't worry if you don't have a matching tablecloth — basic strips of fabric can replace expensive tablecloths and really allow you to personalize your 'scape.

Clash your patterns (really, it's okay!)

Pattern clashing is the art of pulling together designs that would not normally be seen together or traditionally coordinate with one another. The best way to do this is choose three colours and make sure there is a thread that runs through each piece. Be sure there is at least one fabric that has all your colours in it! The scale of the pattern does not matter in this case. The more variety the better – no need for everything to match!

Layer your accent pieces

Add visual interest by incorporating accents if varied heights. Steven suggests to start low and work your way to taller items, such as serving pieces, candles, decorative accessories and textiles. Try to avoid using candle holders that are all the same. The centerpiece is just a low serving tray that we added flowers and fruits to. Use a small cylinder vase with oasis for some support and build out from there.

Add personal touches

The table should always be dressed fully before dinner – it's truly the best way to impress your guests and will give you more time to entertain when they arrive. To make things extra special, add in some personalized place cards. This time around, Steven emptied out tins and cans (from tuna, beans, etc.) and planted a little succulent in each!

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