Fresh, stylish tablescapes for Noche Buena

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For his personally designed tablescape, Anton Barretto plays around on different elements, different textures and colors

For his personally designed tablescape, Anton Barretto plays around on different elements, different
textures and colors

For some, tradition rules holiday décor.

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Within hours before Noche Buena, American brand Crate & Barrel—the source of all things home—encourages Filipinos to make their Christmas tablescape fresh and stylish.

Begin with replacing the common “matchy-matchy” look with something curated and collected. This will actually allow you to team new pieces with family heirlooms.

Another nice touch is adding fruits, veggies or blooms in large containers for color and life. Cranberries are simply marvelous in tall glass hurricanes.

Choose artisanal pieces for warmth. Tone-on-tone relief on handcrafted ceramic tableware may subtly reflect seasonal motifs. Fill miniature frames of loved ones celebrating past Christmases.

To demonstrate this, SM Makati’s Crate & Barrel hosted a dining and entertaining event with interior designer Tessa Alindogan and Metro Home editor in chief Anton Barretto.

Using innovative and holiday items from the store, the duo showcased breathtaking tablescapes, shared holiday entertaining tips, and chose gift ideas for family and friends.

Interestingly, their tablescapes captured the spirit of two table-decorating ideas from the brand namely Woodland and Sparkle.

An autumn palette with orange as the accent color

An autumn palette with orange as the accent color

Woodland featured fresh greens; weathered or natural wood bowls, platters, or birch candles; and classic all-white dinnerware in round or square shapes.

Sparkle, on the other hand, had bejeweled or metallic décor elements; a mix of metals like gold, copper, and silver; frosty platters or bowls, embellished plates and glasses offset with white, cobalt, or turquoise; and lots of candles that reflect the gloriousness of it.

Anton, who likes to be “a bit more creative so I extend the expected to the unexpected” likes mixing and matching “I like breaking pieces because for me entertaining is all about the memory that the guests will take away after the event,” he says.

In his setting, he played around with things on the table, using different elements, textures, and colors. Anton’s tablescape had a blue, white and black palette with yellow, orange and green contrasts. “Use lot of things that you have at home,” he says. “Don’t be afraid to go a step further and experiment, mix and match patterns, plains and prints that you have.”

Tessa, on the other hand, shares with us that “I’m not into Christmas plates and stuff because I’m a practical person. So I didn’t choose plates with Christmas designs. I chose plates that you can use all year round.”

As a practical person, Tessa Alindogan chose plates that can be used all year round

As a practical person, Tessa Alindogan chose plates that can be used all year round

She just added Christmas touches like the cut-out Christmas trees and the small animals, using orange as her accent color. “It not only it looks good, but is functional as well,” she says. That’s because “orange whets one’s appetite.”

To make it more interesting, “I decided to alternate the charger and the cheese platter used as charger to show people that even if you don’t have budget, you can still make your table look attractive.” To make her guests feel special, she put individual carafes and small vases with Ecuadorian roses. Tessa also added candles in different sizes to make it more intimate. “It’s a play of shapes and heights,” she says.

With these styling tips, The Manila Times hopes you got ideas to prepare a more appetizing Noche Buena tonight—for both the eyes and the palate.

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