Tips From Tracey — holiday tables

The Festival of Lights

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Chanukah / Hanukkah- The Festival of Dedication is an 8 day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple. Beginning on December 6th this year, it is the first official religious holiday falling in the month of December.  The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique nine-branched candelabra called a Menorah. Each night of the holiday a new candle is lit, progressing to eight by the final night. The typical menorah consists of eight branches with an additional visually distinct branch. The extra light, with which the others are lit, is called ashamash and is given a...

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A Time to Give Thanks

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A Time to Give Thanks

 It's the fall season and such a beautiful time of the year.  And, once again it's the time of year that we give thanks.   Last Thanksgiving my best friend Linda Koopersmith, The Beverly Hills Organizer (and closet designer/organizer to the stars!), wanted to add a little fun to her holiday table.  I sent her our fall leaves table covers.  She combined the plastic tablecloth with fine tableware and produced a beautiful table (photo above).  I always stress that just because it's plastic it doesn't have to look cheap.  Linda proved that to be true.  Tableskirts and More has many...

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5 Simple Napkin Folds for Holiday Tables

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 There are an abundance of holidays in front of us. Many of them involve family and friends, food, fun and table decorations!  Let’s not forget exhaustive planning, shopping, cooking, decorating and clean up.  Many will opt for creating fancy tables using formal linen tablecloths and linen napkins and many will opt for a more casual table setting using perhaps paper napkins and paper plates. Whichever the direction your table decorating takes you, chances are you will be using napkins of some sort.  And for whatever type of napkin you may be using, a clever napkin fold can “fancy up” any...

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The classic duo - Black and White

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Black and white has been a long time favorite for many event and party planners.  This classic duo can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion.    Black and White Ball (photo: Merchant Circle) I love the black and white damask and the feather candelabra centerpieces that were used in this beautiful wedding.   The Black and White Dinner Party      In this photo it's the simple elegance of the black and white that allows the tablescape to stand out.  The jeweled candles were a fancy finishing touch.     Black and White Birthday Party The plaid fabric...

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Gobble, Gobble... turkey day is upon us.

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 Thanksgiving is just around the corner. More than almost any other holiday,Thanksgiving dinner, table decorations and guest lists are fussed and fretted over from the first day of November until the moment the turkey hits the dinner table. It's undoubtedly one of the biggest holidays of the year. It's a day of family and friends gathering together for a large meal and giving thanks.  Historically, Thanksgiving began as a tradition of celebrating the harvest of the year. We all are thoroughly familiar with the story of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag and their first meal together in 1621 in Plymouth, MA. My family always celebrates with a large...

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