Christmas Table Styling Tips

I love breaking bread with friends, and at my home during the holidays, even better.  But hosting at your home can be stressful, l like to call it the hustle bustle.  The definition of hustle bustle is energetic confusion, which I think perfectly captures how many hosts feel when entertaining at home. It is all about details, the guest list, appetizers, main course, cocktails, safe travel arrangements, music, oh right and do not forget the table setting!  Here are my top tips for styling a table that will be the crown jewel in your party planning season. No hustling or bustling required. 1. Find an Inspiration Simple inspiration like a colour, pattern or element (wood or metal) is the best starting point for building a cohesive design.  I always keep my eyes open for an object, picture or idea that I feel inspired by and begin to make my decisions around that inspiration. I will often snap photos of displays, rip pages from magazines and pull swatches of material so that I can group them together visually. This is a great way to sharpen your eye for design. 2. Make a Game Plan My mom always said – “measure twice cut once”. Getting organized well in advance may attract the occasional teasing , but it will ultimately pay off in the long run and make you a super star. Whether it is a floor plan for your table or just a simple list of items, putting some time into planning will make the process enjoyable. Ideas like rolling cutlery into napkins and tying with ribbon are great additions to your...
Event In Review: Twas The Night – Media Launch

Event In Review: Twas The Night – Media Launch

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the mall  Not a creature was stirring, except  some well-dressed guys and dolls,  The stockings were hung by CORE – Holt Renfrew & TD Square  In hopes that Dan Levy and Jann Arden would soon be there.   The premiere shopping centre, The CORE – TD Square/Holt Renfrew, kicked off their third annual Twas The Night Event.  We partnered with Anstice Communications to create a stylish and sleek media launch that included a theatrical reveal to officially announce this year’s host Dan Levy and musical headliner Jann Arden. The night was all about luxury, with a VIP guest list of Calgary’s top 20 media personalities.The always bustling shopping centre was now stage to a serene dinner party under the moonlit sky.  The evening was set on a 30 foot long pedestrian bridge in the centre of the mall that we transformed into an ultra exclusive, intimate, after hours, dinning experience. The private DJ set the mood for a fashion show between the delectable courses provided by the Metropolitan Grill atop a shimmering, white, catwalk dinner table.  The dessert service was not just about sugar plums, twenty black clad servers dramatically presented each guest with the 2013 entertainment line up, a signed copy of Jann Arden’s latest album. No Christmas cheer would be complete without a little something in your stocking. Each guest was paired with a custom retailer gift and surprised with a little swag from Michael Kors. But of course we all know that it is better to give than receive, the 2013 Twas the Night benefited local charities including Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, Alzheimer Society...