We got the privilege of photographing Katy Birds Shop a couple of weeks ago. Katy and Maria from Studio Wildflower invited me to shoot their take on holiday stylings this year. It’s no secret, but there gathering happening in the workplace to intimate family settings and everybody at some point has to stop and dine together. Here are some tips to have unique Holiday Stylings for your dinner table:
1. Too many place settings numbers and not enough plates? Mix and match plates with similar color families. It adds variety, and it looks not too perfect and formal but allows for more whimsical styling. In the 1st color story (the Red, white and Gold) the plates are all mismatched, some match others, but you wouldn’t be able to tell.
2. Incorporate traditional elements with more modern shapes. Maria created a squared wreath full of olive tree branches. She shaped the traditional round metal base in a squared one and wrapped the branches around. She then put a beautiful and vintage banner with the reminder that life is beautiful. I loved the modern touch with the vintage flair, makes a perfect pair.
3. Personalize your settings. There’s nothing more precious than having a seat at the table with loved ones and friends with your name card. It adds a little personality to each setting while also having an understated declaration of “we were expecting you…” or “we’re happy you came.” Katy personalized each name with her own calligraphy talents. Another personalization detail, is bringing old photographs instead of the usual coffee-table books. It’s fun and nostalgic to flip through.
While there are many ways to pull together a festive evening, these are some ways that this particular scenario stood out to me. Everything from the new twist on Holiday color schemes to the traditional-vintage details with more modern ideas always makes a statement.
Can’t wait to be able to pull this together for our family in Guatemala!
Location: Katy Birds Shop
Styling and prop rentals: Katy Balthazar (Katy Birds Shop) & Cherry Levin (Cherry Vintage Rentals)
Floral & Wreath Design: Maria Lang from Studio Wildflower
Photography: Tanya & Victor
Scans: The Find Lab