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Elegant Holiday Entertaining Ideas

Hello dear cattledogs readers, how are you today, right before Christmas? This is Anke visiting you while Holly is recovering from eye surgery while simultaneously finishing her fourth book with . I'm back today with my monthly tabletop inspiration column. I don't know about you, but I'm in countdown mode with a long "to do" list to handle but what about you - are you rushing around too or are you laid back with all preparations done already? While enjoying a rare break on my sofa the other day I discovered a beautiful DIY story with embroidery frames in Magazine. At that moment I knew how my December table decoration for cattledogs should look like. So here I am with a festive tabletop idea for you!


I chose the Christmas rose () to be the picture motif for the frames. I like this white blooming plant a lot and here in Germany you can buy them almost everywhere in a pot at the moment. I took three different pictures of my Hellebore, printed the images in different sizes on a paper with a linen structure (bought in a shop for arts and craft supplies) and clamped them in wooden embroidery frames (different sizes). It took me some time as I chose a quite thick paper (185g/m2). Guess I will have a look for a thinner option next time. Nonetheless – it worked!


The frames are pretty and very versatile, on my images you can see them as placeholders (imprinting or stamping the names of your guests is also a good idea!), wall decoration and a gift tag.


The otherwise all white table setting with white dishes, napkins and pleated ceramic tea lights (last years big trend) allows the flowers and frames to attract the attention.


Matching the winter season I used white woolen ribbon to embellish the frames.


Preparing this post I jumped at the chance to try a delicious dessert I also found in Living at Home Magazine – Greek Yoghurt with Poached Pears, Honey- Rosemary-Syrup and crunchy Pine Nuts-Pistachios-Topping. How does that sound? After the photoshoot my husband and I ate everything right down to the smallest crumb and I am pretty sure this one is going to be part of our Christmas Dinner! :)


What will your Holiday table look like? Traditional, classical or modern, opulent or clear, I would like to be a fly on the wall! Well anyway... The most important is to be with those we love, right? In this spirit I am wishing you a peaceful Christmas season and happy holidays with your loved ones! See you in 2016 with another year of my tabletop column! – .

(images/text: er)

Tabletop Ideas for Holiday Parties

Looking for simple yet beautiful decorating and tabletop ideas for the holidays? Hello dear cattledogs readers, this is Anke back again with my monthly installment of tabletop ideas. This time I'm focusing on November to help prepare you for the holiday season with some simple yet classy tabletop ideas for a late November dinner party that feels a little bit like Christmas. For all of Holly's American readers, this could be a lovely presentation for your Thanksgiving holiday


Christmas Season is just around the corner. Looking at magazines and blogs I am amazed every year anew at all the creative activities. Personally, I'm a late starter when it comes to Christmas preparations (I fill the Advent calendars for my boys usually in the night of November 30th to December 1st!) But... I'm totally ready for an almost winterly table covered in green, white and natural shades right now - no need to wait for a little holiday preview on my tabletop.

I went with a fir tree theme as I like the beautiful forest designs of the Swedish brand so much! Their cute tray was used toput my menu card on the wall and give my guests an overview of dinner. If you want to try this yourself, just attach a poster-hanger on the backside of a tray and make sure the hanger holds the weight.


In keeping with the theme, my flower vases hold a variety of branches. Have a look in your favorite flower shop or at the farmers' market for coniferous sprigs other than the traditional ones and mix them together. I found branches of Juniper and added Seeded Eucalyptus and white Lesser Masterwort for a little floral accent.

In addition I made four fine circles out of black aluminum wire and tied some very small sprigs. It doesn't have to be a whole wreath to make an impact! Tiny candle arrangements took a seat in the middle of my "half wreaths". All you need are plain egg cups, Christmas tree candles and wax dots to fix the candles (just never leave candles unattended). You can find a step-by-step DIY showing how to add flowers to a circle in the book (under Coat Hanger Wreath) - you can download the book from Amazon .

As a starter I served Red Quinoa & Grape Salad with Almonds from the "" book. Such a treat! I could have it every day! Your guests will love it.

How about you? Are you at the ready for Christmas with all its glitter and sparkle or still enjoying everything autumnal? Should you have any questions about this post, please leave your question in the comments section below in German or English.

Have a beautiful start in the festive season and see you again in December! - .

(Text, styling, photography: Anke Illner)