Holiday Entertaining – Combining the season’s natural beauty with it’s sense of magic.

There is just something about this time of year! Is it the bite in the air, the glow of the lights, the melody of the songs? We can’t say for sure. What we do know is this time of year seems to have a bit of magic in it! With this magical time of year, we are surrounded by a barren nature outdoors and turn inside for holiday entertaining.

Above all the things that make this season special is the overwhelming sense of togetherness. Regardless of your beliefs, this season has a way of uniting; families, friends, communities, and neighbors. That alone can feel magical.

Often gatherings are a big part of this togetherness. This year, as we thought about holiday entertaining, we have found that we are especially drawn to nature when imagining how to highlight this magical season.

Our holiday table is a celebration of nature and the season’s magic.

Keeping things more natural, we opted out of doing a tablecloth, using the wood table as the base for our table-scape. A crisp white linen topped with a rustic burlap runner offer some subtle structure to the décor. From there things get interesting…

Bring the outdoors in!

We love the idea of abundance when it comes to bringing in the natural elements, so we decided that we would go all out with layering the greens. Rather than using a more traditional pine or holly, we chose some of the seasons less celebrated plants for this table. A variety of dried and faux sprigs of eucalyptus create a plentiful bed all along the table. Rather than florals, we chose a variety of potted rosemary plants.

A small potted creeping rosemary is at home on this earthy table

Tip: Rosemary is commonly used in holiday meals, by having these plants on the table it offers a nice semblance to the food you are enjoying at the table. This doesn’t have to be rosemary. Consider personalizing this philosophy to your meal. If there is a particular herb, fruit, or vegetable used in your menu, consider highlighting it on your table-scape.

Black and Brass Accents offer modern touches to the earthy theme.

We chose sleek matte black dishes and paired them with polished brass flatware for a fun juxtaposition of contemporary glam.

Mixing Elements

The Holiday Tables is set.

Rust and Mercury are both elements of nature. Although we wont go too far into the periodic table, the idea of adding items that are reminiscent of nature’s elements has validity when creating an earthy theme. Giant rustic bells and oversized mercury ornaments are perfect accents to adorn the greens. Wooden Block placeholders display personalized cards for guest’s seating locations.

Set the mood

Aged Brass frames around antique glass hurricanes offer a perfect candle glow.

We all know that lighting is so important when creating a mood. Candlelight is among the most romantic and cozy forms of lighting you can use in a space. We chose to place pillar candles in several glass hurricanes along the table to give a soft warm glow.

No matter if your holiday gathering is large or small, we hope you have a wonderfully magical holiday season this year!

Shop the look

Everything you see on our holiday table is available in our T&C Mercantile Shop. We are open daily for shopping and we are happy to offer virtual shopping for those who cannot visit us in person. Visit our shop page for hours.

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T&C Mercantile – Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Not sure what to get mom this year? We have you covered with gifts ranging in price points, locally made and pre-designed gift sets. We put together some of our favorite items in the shop that we think any mom would be lucky to receive this Mother’s Day.

Gifts for $25 or less:

Gifts for $50

*Linen tea towel color options below

Sets ready to gift

Chef Mom Gift Set – $75

Chef Mom Set Includes •Linen Dish Towel – Color Choice shown below • Long Beach Island’s Cookbook – Feed Your Mind • Natural Acacia cutting board Burlap fold-able bucket-tote

Gardener Mom Set – $75

Gardener Mom Set Includes •Stainless Steel and Ash Wood Garden Snips •Set of 4 Slate Tags with Chalk to mark your plants •Organic Herb Packet with Biodegradable pot

*Herb choices include: Dark Green Italian Parsley, English Lavender, Chives, Sweet Basil, Arugula, White Scallion, and Thyme

Pamper Mom Set – $100

Oak Moss and Coconut fragrance enamors the senses, with rich notes of Coconut, the earthy essence of Oak Moss and the warm sweetness of ripe Mulberry.

Set Includes Jaboneria Marianella luxurious Candle and Body Cream set in small natural Dough Bowl

Linen Towel Color Options:

A. White with grey multi-size stripes

B. Kahki with black window grid

C. Natural with Black thin stripes

D. White with Black thin stripes

Call the showroom 732-345-1441 or email us at general@tckbdesigns.com to purchase.

We are offering curbside pick up, local doorstep drop offs, and shipping on all purchases. Purchase by Monday, May 4 for shipping orders to be sure it makes it there by Mother’s Day.