Make Your Holiday Merry and Bright

Bring beauty and joy to your home this season

By Sue Baldani

Let’s make this holiday season as festive as ever. A beautiful tablescape is a great place to start.

Nicole Ragolia Gaba, senior general manager at the Short Hills Williams Sonoma store, gives us some great ideas for beautiful settings.

“The holidays are quintessentially what we are known for since we are all about food and setting up your entertaining to be spectacular,” she says. “Even more, we’re really known for our customer service. The level of engagement that comes from our team’s knowledge, whether it’s trying out new products, tasting food items, or going to their homes to decorate, is so far beyond other retailers.”

When you walk into the store, says Nicole, there will always be three or four tablescapes on display so you can visualize some of the arrangements you can create at home. “What we show with all of our holiday tablescapes is a layering effect,” she says.

For example, one table is set with their ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas dinnerware collection and matching napkins. These are then layered with Glitter Burst chargers and accompanied by red Pinecone glassware. Alternatively, this collection can be interspersed with their core French white porcelain dishes and Panto Gold glassware.

“So you can pair the white porcelain with our holiday dinnerware,” says Nicole. “You don’t have to buy the whole holiday line – which is stunning – all at once, but instead purchase parts and add to it every year from our various collections.”

Another wonderful table showcases their silver and white color combination with blue napkins for Hanukkah, which can be changed out for other celebrations too. The New Year’s Eve table shows off more French white porcelain layered above sparkly silver beaded placemats. Sorrento Jacquard napkins with crystal square napkin rings and Fiore cut crystal glassware complete this tablescape.  

It’s also fun to carry the same theme into other areas of your home. A mantle is a great place to add accents, such as garland or colored candlesticks, that replicate the colors in the tablescape. “We also have beautiful magnolia branches which can be draped over a door frame or bookcase,” she says.

Since scent is also a big part of the season, simmer some cider on the stove with their Mulling Spices mix. Then, serve it to your guests!

Of course, most parties wouldn’t be complete without special cocktails. Another festive display features their Whiskey Sour Cocktail Mixer. Drinks can be served in Fiore crystal glasses, chilled with gold-plated Whiskey Cubes, and placed on festive antique brass trays.

Williams Sonoma offers complimentary in-home design services and personal shopping as well. So, if you need help setting up your décor or getting your shopping done, just ask and you will receive.

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Written for Chatham & Short Hills Lifestyle magazine published in New Jersey.

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