High shine

by Walter Pierce

The most glamorous time of the year

The most glamorous time of the year By Amanda Bedgood - Photos by Robin May

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013

Holiday dinners are that rare occasion that allows families to do it big. In a world of increasingly casual gatherings, let Christmas dinner or holiday brunch take things up a notch. Pull out the crystal and fine china. It's as easy to set a table with gold trimmed plates as it is your everyday wares. Larayn Guidroz of Swags and Tassels created a display in the home of Michelle and Bryan Hanks that proves lux doesn't have to be complicated.

"These are all Berebie," says Guidroz of the shimmering glass stems she used in the Hanks home.

While dozens of the collectible pieces may not fill your china cabinet, the holidays are the time to pull out your finest glassware. For a sumptuous look, go for holiday colors in your finest pieces like these deep red dishes - no need to buy Christmas-themed china. Use your neutral china and add rich fabrics in holiday shades or spring for some gold-trimmed serving pieces and wine holders. Gold is a go-to that can work long after the tree gets hauled to the curb and works from Christmas morning to New Year's fĂȘtes.

"I used all red roses," Guidroz says, pointing to the vivid displays on the table.

In lieu of traditional poinsettias, red roses and rich greenery give a posh holiday vibe. Simple sparkling extras can be found at spots like Paul Michaels for a steal. Think gilded gift boxes and glittering reindeer. Or simply fill ample vases with metallic ornaments for a quick display. Scatter pinecones or red berries on your best silver platters and add a stream of metallic ribbon. Combine earthy elements like magnolia leaves with occasional shimmering details for a look that's glam but grounded.