How to Achieve Multiple Looks Simply

With the arrival of the holiday season comes an abundance of entertaining, which can be a challenge when parties quickly shift from a family Christmas Eve or Hannukkah dinner to a New Year’s Eve celebration. Christine Figliuolo, a Waldwick-based special events planner and owner of Creations By Christine Events, showed us a few timeless looks that simply but elegantly switch from one holiday to the next and showcase your table for the season. From a neutral tablecloth that can remain as a staple to chargers and placemats to add sparkle and texture to napkins and napkin rings for pops of color, her looks are joyful and inviting.

1. Holiday entertaining is not only about the food; it’s about how the food is presented, whether on the table or on your kitchen island for the pre-dinner gathering, Christine Figliuolo says. “Try not to lay everything flat on the table. That can be boring. Layer food when you can by using a few tiers for finger-food appetizers or desserts. It looks pretty and appealing.”

2. For a centerpiece, Christine loves pinecones, a sprig with red berries, birch branches or fresh greenery—anything with texture and a winter feel. “I love to mix them up too,” she says. Then before New Year’s Eve, switch them out for any combination of silver, gold or blue ornamental balls in a bowl.

3. The final step is an important one, Christine says. “After the table is set and before guests arrive, take pictures. When everything is perfect and just the way you want it, spend a few moments not only enjoying your beautiful table but memorializing it so you have a framework for next year’s party season.”

4. Speaking of next year, it’s never too early to start planning, so come January hit spots like Marshalls and high-end department stores for sales. “I have bought things for a fraction of the price just a few weeks after the holidays,” Christine says. “I put them in a big Tupperware container and store them away. It’s always a great feeling when I open the box 11 months later and get to make use of the great deals from the year before.”

“When the table is set and before guests come, take pictures. When everything is perfect and just the way you want it, spend a few moments not only enjoying your beautiful table but memorializing it so you have a framework for next year’s party season.”