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Tara Guerard Holiday Table by Lucy Cuneo

It’s your first Christmas together as Mr. and Mrs. so why not set yourselves a “sweetheart” table fit for the season. Here are a few quick tips for putting together a quick and easy but still special tabletop. Thank you to Lucy Cuneo for shooting these details with us.

Tara Guerard Holiday Table by Lucy Cuneo

Basic candlesticks are readily available at any craft, or discount store, but may go overlooked. Don’t be so quick to write them off. Here, we took ones of varying heights and shapes and spray painted them gold to jazz them up. Keep these tucked away for future gatherings and you can repaint in any color needed!

Tara Guerard Holiday Table by Lucy Cuneo

Two tips: Wrap the bases of your candles in floral wrap tape (again available at craft and floral stores), it has a bit of tack to it and will hold the candlesticks in place and upright- no more crooked candles!  Also, never have candles on a table with fresh wicks- it’s bad luck! Light them if only for a couple of seconds, and then blow them out.

Tara Guerard Holiday Table by Lucy Cuneo Tara Guerard Holiday Table by Lucy Cuneo Tara Guerard Holiday Table by Lucy Cuneo Tara Guerard Holiday Table by Lucy Cuneo

Another fast and easy design element is adding something to your napkins. Here, I rolled a linen napkin and tied off with gold twine. You could tuck a sprig of your tree or even a quick handwritten note to your new spouse in there for something special.

Tara Guerard Holiday Table by Lucy Cuneo

Don’t be afraid to mix your plates and glassware. You can use water glasses for wine, wine glasses for a specialty cocktail, etc. I love these vintage champagne coupes, there is something quite grown up and festive about drinking from them. These party plates from Anthropologie were a quick little purchase that totally dresses up the table, and since you only need two, they won’t break your Christmas budget.

We’ll share our how to’s on creating a poinsettia centerpiece and greenery wrapped votives next week, so join us then.

7.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Paperwhite centerpiece/Tara Guerard/Corbin Gurkin

I love having simple blooms throughout the house during the holidays. These paperwhites are a favorite and can make a great centerpiece or focal point for entry tables, buffets, mantles, bar tables, and more. They typically take about 4 weeks to bloom, so we’re showing you how so that they are good and ready for your holiday home. Thank you to Corbin Gurkin for the photos.

Paperwhite centerpiece/Tara Guerard/Corbin Gurkin

Gather your supplies- You’ll need a container of some kind, make sure it’s something fairly sturdy or solid that can hold the weight. I like to use these black river rocks to anchor the bulbs and give the roots something to grow around- but you could use anything you may have or what’s available at the craft store (glass beads, granite rocks or pea gravel). The plants can topple a bit once they start growing, so the anchors are key. And, I do polish off the top with some moss to hide all of the parts.

Paper white centerpiece/tara guerard soiree/ corbin gurkin

Set your “anchors” in the bowl or vessel you have chosen and arrange as many bulbs as will fit on top of the anchors with the sprout opening facing upwards. Be sure to give it a good watering, but only until the water reached right below the base of the bulb. If the bulbs sits in water for long they can rot. Check water levels frequently, and water when water gets about an inch below the rocks. Be sure to keep the planting in a cool darker place out of direct sunlight.

Paperwhite centerpiece Tara Guerard/ Corbin Gurkin

Finally, cover with the moss to hide the bulbs, rocks, and roots. They should take take root within about 3 weeks at which point they should moved to where they can get sunlight. Viola!  I find that a centerpiece is often forgotten when you are hosting as you are setting tables, grocery shopping and preparing food, and hosting your guests. This is something you can do now and set and forget! Or, that’s always something you can ask and offering guest to bring instead of a bottle of something.  Happy Holidays!

7.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jul 19, 2018

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Since we are putting out our tip clip on what you should include in your wedding welcome guest bags, we thought today would be a perfect day to share some different versions of some of our recent favorites. For our Newport, RI wedding the floral and fauna pattern that Lettered Olive designed to use throughout the wedding printing, was embroidered onto a travel laundry bag (for us it’s a bonus if we can find a clever reuseable container). Waters and snacks are a good standard for guests traveling, it’s always nice to have a few goodies lying around.

photo by Liz Banfield

This wedding was all about a big party and the couple’s favorite things, so of course, the guest bags were a great way to do this as well.  We had two small bags with “his” favorite things and “her” favorite things. Also a Retox/Detox kit including asprin, tums, emergen-C, band aids, etc. Also, it’s beyond important you include all of the important information- a timeline of the weekend events, transportation schedule, and important contact information.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Of course, since the welcome bag one of the first things your guests get to enjoy on your wedding weekend, it can be a fun way to incorporate special details that don’t necessarily fit into the wedding itself… Our bride really loved these sweet “LOVE” chocolates, and this was a great way to share them with all of the guests.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

7.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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