DECOR INSPIRATION LOVE | Round-up of super stylish and crazy creative tabletop looks and ideas for your holiday wedding or affair!

My sister and her family are in town for the holidays, and that means a lot of fort building and high tea.  Which is awesome, but has a way of making me feel extra guilty about working all day, with them staring at me, longing for a few extra hours of playtime.  They do that; they stare at me, not trying to make me feel guilty – I take care of that delusional thinking on my own – but they are definitely baffled as to what could possibly possess me to stay seated at a computer when they are right there, right in front of me, ready to make fun things happen with mere pillows, if only I’d step away and join them.  So I must admit, I’ve taken a few breaks here and there to appease their – ok no, let’s face it, to appease MY guilty conscience over not spending every waking, sunlit moment with them and their imaginations.  And many of you will be happy to hear that, because of your gentle and in some cases aggressive prodding, I did take a nice hefty time-out yesterday from computering to build Fort City with the tots.  And it was stellar.  So thanks for the encouragement.  You guys rule.

Ok, getting to the topic at hand…

I’m a little obsessed with shiny things these days.  I don’t know what it is.  Maybe I’m regressing back to childhood, or maybe it’s because those darling babies are visiting for the holidays.  Anyway, whatever the reason, I figured I shouldn’t keep all this fabulousness to myself.  So, here we go!

I caught sight of the above on this is glamorous; the set on the left is the Italian-made brushed gold linea ice oro five piece setting; on the right is the midas golden cutlery set from the conran shop

Next up, DIY: christmas place cards / name cards…

How much do you LOVE the above??!!!  Tell me, how much.  Because, personally, these DIY place cards are giving me conniptions.  They involve succulents, manuscript paper, GOLD, and little tiny cups to hold it all.  I’m obsessed.  I believe I will make these for Christmas.  Mark my words.  I have quite a few little succulents, so before I end up killing them with my complete lack of ability to maintain them in a cold NY climate, I think I should give them one last hurrah on the stage of Christmastime (<– wow Christmastime is a word according to WordPress.  But “WordPress” isn’t a word according to WordPress.  I am thrown at present.)

Up next is one huge gathering of lovely that’s captured my heart.  It’s insanely inspirational tabletop decor put together by a couple of my favorite talents – Vania and Christine of Simply Bloom, and the crazy talented Kate of Ruby & Willow Design Studio (who also happens to be one of our beloved Vendor Love members; check out her listing here!).  Check out this spread, which was originally featured on Style Me Pretty!

Photography: Simply Bloom Photography, LLC / Styling and Design: Simply Bloom Photography, LLC and Lia Capri from “Bride @ Heart“  / Stationary and Inspiration board: Kate Holland of Ruby and Willow

Will you be fancying up your Christmas dinner table for family and friends?  Or are you keeping it nice and minimal this season?

xoxo!  – Alison

Label(s): {Floral + Decor}, {Holiday}

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  1. JP on December 21, 2010

    That musical garland is beautiful and adds such a nice touch to the table. Is there a diy on that or is it just part of the decor. Please let me know, thansk!!

  2. Alison on December 21, 2010

    JP – I’m with you on that, it’s gorgeous! It’s over on the same site to which I’ve linked the DIY succulent place cards. Have fun making it, I hope to see it one day! :)

  3. Alicia@CharityWedding on December 21, 2010

    I am recently obsessed with clothes pins. So add that to my ever present obsession for succulents, I think those place cards are pure perfection! And I love Kate too. So maybe this is the best post ever.

  4. Erica on December 21, 2010

    Love this inspiration! You have the best round-ups known to man!

  5. Leanne on December 21, 2010

    I could stare at this all day. Love the place card glitter cups. Easy and sparkly. Right up my alley.

  6. Emma on December 21, 2010

    I love the way you incorporated the invites. And mini candy cane favors? Adorable. Lovely work as always…. :)


  7. lizzie [love your way] on December 21, 2010

    oh MAN this inspiration is just too much for me almost, eh?! absolutely BEAUTIFUL inspiration, i love the cup with the peppermint bark around the rim!

  8. thank you so much Alison :D what an awesome surprise to see this :D

  9. postcards and pretties on December 21, 2010

    i cannot get enough of that cranberry table inspiration from Kate & the Simply Bloom Girls!! so so gorgeous!!

  10. Jenny @ Hank+Hunt on December 21, 2010

    I adore adore adore this!!! So pretty!!! Love it all!

  11. Roxy on December 21, 2010

    So much lovely inspiration! Absolutely dying over the first picture’s napkin rings! p.s. Not sure if you saw it, but I’m having a fantastic Kate Spade giveaway if she tickles your fancy!

  12. Lena on December 21, 2010

    I am SWOONING! I can’t ever resist gold flatware-it’s perfectly too much!

    Hope you’re back to high tea and fort building-it sounds like an absolutely wonderful way to spend the day!

  13. erin*sparkle&hay on December 21, 2010

    oh my goodness those succulents and clothespins are too adorably chic for words!!! LOVE it!

  14. Kim @BrideGoggles on December 22, 2010

    Those clothes-pins are so beyond awesome!

  15. Hillary on December 22, 2010

    OOohhh! Purrrty!

    PS: I’m having nausea and sleeplessness over the GEM contest!!! ahhhhhhh!!!

  16. Katherine on December 22, 2010

    Oh! I’m so glad someone else has tent-building on their holiday itinerary :) love the mini-clothespins! And three cheers for Vania, Christine & Kate! Those mini-cakes are to die for…


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