Known for her gorgeous designs, celebrity event planner Mindy Weiss recently teamed up with Shutterfly as a Style Partner. So if you’re unsure how to decorate your holiday table, or pull off the perfect soiree, you can make your holidays merry and bright with these 8 holiday trend tips from Mindy Weiss and Shutterfly!
Mindy Weiss’ Holiday Trends
Traditional Color Schemes
In the past couple years we’ve seen people stray away from traditional colors for the holidays but I’m seeing a switch back to basics. People are looking for warmth in their homes and familiar colors give a sense of coziness and comfort. To add a modern twist, incorporate some metallic touches to the table.
Colorful Low Flowers
With it staying warmer for longer in the year, we now can get some types of flowers all year round. Peonies, mixed berries, and anemone are my favorites to use for the holidays. Monochromatic is out and color is back in. I love mixing textures with some soft and hard. Low flowers and smaller vases are also ideal for this time of year so arrangements are not blocking out any conversations around the table.
The big trend I’m seeing with cocktails this winter is pomegranate! They are sweet and delicious and the red berries give a festive touch.
Candles Candles Candles!
Candles are still the best décor for a table to create warmth and ambiance. These candles from Shutterfly are great so hosts can customize photos from past holidays onto the candles. Each candle can even act as a photo table place cards where guests can find an old holiday photo of themselves at their corresponding seat. If you are celebrating Hanukkah, adding 9 long-stem candles in the middle of the table can also be a simple way to mirror a menorah.
The shot glass reinvented! Use this little glass for soup shooters to start a meal. It’s a cute and inventive way to have a unique place setting at your table. Add a personal touch by adding the initials of your guests on the glasses (and all can be customized on Shutterfly.com!).
Kids Table Activities
I think kids tables are a great way for adults to relax and enjoy themselves. To keep the little ones occupied the entire length of the dinner, I’ve used different activity stations to entertain them. Think slime-making stations or beaded necklace stations as the new gingerbread making station.
I love the idea of Polaroid cameras on tables. You can capture moments and have picture holders along the table to add to throughout the night. At the end of dinner you will have a whole gallery documenting the celebration.
I’ve seen a huge increase in DIY stations. From buratta making stations, to soup stations, to mason jar milkshakes bars. One of my favorites is a champagne bar where guests can garnish their cocktail with lavender, honey, strawberries, chambord, rosemary, etc.