The hor d’oeuvre table at a Christmas party is one spot that everyone at the party will linger at some point. It’s where your guests make new acquaintances and conversations get started.
So it makes sense you’d want your Christmas party to have an especially attractive holiday tablescape. Mandy Pellegrin has some amazing ideas on creating Christmas party decorations for the snack table that will truly impress.
Mandy writes about design, crafts and entertaining on her blog, Fabric, Paper Glue. We’re thrilled she took part in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent Mandy, and several other design bloggers, mystery boxes of Christmas decorations, and stood back to let them amaze us with their Christmas decorating ideas.
Mandy shows us how she transformed her entryway table into a gorgeous hor d’oeuvre table with color-matched decorations and garland made from paint chips.
Just a few short months ago, my husband and I moved from a 600-square-foot condo in DC to a legit 3-bedroom house in Nashville, affording me all kinds of new spaces to decorate. After my mother-in-law offered us a gorgeous antique Eastlake-style Victorian mirror that she didn’t have a spot for, I knew that I wanted to use it to create an entry launching/landing pad — a convenient place to do a last minute hair check on the way out and a little spot to wrangle the keys, hats, gloves, etc. on the way in.
Like most of the spaces in our new-to-us 1935 house, I married old with new by pairing the antique mirror with this modern Parsons-style console table and added loads of functionality with storage baskets and a refurbished old dining chair for quick shoe changes.
What may excite me more than having new areas to decorate is having more space in which to entertain, and with both of our families nearby to boot, I suspect we’ll be doing more entertaining than ever this holiday season. So, with party planning on my mind and boxes full of gorgeous jewel-tone holiday decorations from The Home Depot — the perfect compliment to my navy blue walls, I was ready to turn my new entryway into a festive hor d’oeuvre table.
I mean, can you think of a better way to invite guests right in than with cheese, meat, and bread?! …Or is that just the key to my heart?
In addition to the inspiration provided by the grumblings of my own stomach, it was really these shatterproof ornaments in red, purple, and blue that got the proverbial gears turning.
I knew that the combination of these with my already deep navy walls and the rich greens of my mini tree and wreath would create a dramatic, jewel-tone motif, but I wanted to bring these same jewel-tones to a couple of customized details.
First, I created a set of festive hor d’oeuvre picks using skewers, custom paint colors, and glitter. I picked up samples in four Behr paint colors to match my scheme — Royal Breeze, Purple Bloom, Awning Red, and Parsley Sprig.
I dipped the ends of my skewers directly in the paint. Once dry, I dipped the tips in some glue and then directly into silver glitter for some bonus sparkle.
I even brought the colors right down to my gift wrap where I paired a subtle gold paper with rich jewel-tone satin ribbons.
And those little gift tags peeking through? Paint swatches.
In fact, those little unassuming paint swatches are really quite versatile.
While I was picking out my colors for the hor d’oeuvre picks, I grabbed a few extra of each color to make super fast paper garlands.
I simply cut my swatches into triangles and then ran them end-to-end through my sewing machine.
I think that the garland’s modern, geometric shapes paired with the antique mirror and the traditional wreath kind of keep my new-meets-old theme going, don’t you?
Now, with my entryway pulling some serious double duty, I’m ready to get the holiday entertaining started!
Mandy Pellegrin loves crafting, decorating and entertaining. She shares her amazing DIY projects, beverage ideas and love of design on her blog Fabric, Paper, Glue. She lives with her husband in Nashville. Take a look at how she styled a small apartment balcony in a previous Style Challenge here on The Home Depot Blog.
To create her Christmas party tablescape, Mandy used these items from The Home Depot:
- Home Accents Holiday 70 mm Red Ornaments
- Home Accents Holiday 70 mm Purple Ornaments
- Home Accents Holiday 70 mm Blue Ornaments
- 4 ft. Pre-Lit Potted Tree
- 20 in. Noble Pine Artificial Wreath