dazzling holiday tabletop designs

I don't think the Holidays would be complete without at least one great dinner party (one where I am either the guest or the hostess).  And just in time for the Holidays, a big Thank You to Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle Magazine  for a wonderful feature in their December issue. Atlanta's chicest shop owners offer an inspiring array of tabletop designs - any one of them would surely make a dinner party memorable. 

A Feast for the Eyes
Which is your favorite?

Beyond Red and Green With masses of Chinese porcelain, rock crystal votives, mercury glass votives and amaryllis, Bill Hudgins’ tabletop design is a veritable extension of his popular shop, Lush Life, which is stocked with similar wares throughout the holiday season.

Pops of Color Emerald-green Saint-Louis crystal glasses, Puiforcat silver flatware and Hermès china look dazzling alongside a sculptural floral arrangement composed of hydrangea and driftwood. All pieces available throughHermès of Paris in Buckhead.

Easy Elegance An ikat-inspired cloth adds an exotic touch to a table bedecked in various patterns of china and glassware. Shimmering taper candles and glistening hanging fruit round out this stylish ensemble created by Gramercy Fine Linens &Furnishings.

Dazzling Display With Baccarat glassware, Meissen china, Pampaloni flatware and a Saint-Louis crystal candelabra, OwenLawrence takes holiday entertaining to a new level of elegance.

Mix+Match Creating the ultimate tabletop should be about mixing it up with personal treasures. This design by Erika Reade Ltd. incorporates a charming quilt, faux bamboo flatware and a glass forest of towering Christmas trees. For an extra dollop of whimsy, there are ornaments fashioned as napkin rings and place cards tied on to small tree logs.

Power of Red For her tabletop design, Barbara Heath of The Mercantile left no detail to chance—even the peppercorns contribute to the festive feel in the environment she has created. A cluster of Simon Pearce candlesticks and extra-long tapers give the vignette height and drama, and individual floral arrangements at each seat add a personal touch.

Rustic Chic B.D. Jeffries juxtaposed fine Faux Bois dinnerware by Kon-tent and etched glassware with natural elements—a scheme that’s the epitome of unpretentious luxury.