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a “cozy” gift exchange party

cozy gift exchange tabletop // sarah sherman samuelParty season is here and who can ever get enough?! A bunch of girlfriends and I get together every year for a gift exchange party and this year I am hosting! I’ve teamed up with Anthropologie to share a few of my favorite ideas on how to host a fab gift exchange party with your gals and threw a holiday brunch in the studio while I was at it.

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high & low adult table & DIY

black and gold luxe thanksgiving adult table // sarah sherman samuelI’m mixing high (gold plated napkin rings & caviar) & low (DIY and Target candle holders) and the result is one super easy but fancy pants adult table. 

I’ve got the table all set up a day early again (I’m always more excited about the table set up than doing the cooking) and I’ve got a few last minute ideas for your thanksgiving table to steal from mine…

mix of high and low // black and gold luxe thanksgiving adult table + DIY // sarah sherman samuelplacemat DIY // thanksgiving table I love a non traditional table at thanksgiving and I like it to look like I went all out, even if it only took minutes. One idea is to lay a dark base, (luckily my table is dark but a black or deep hued table cloth would do the trick too) this sets the stage for some drama (the good kind).

Idea #2… Go monochromatic (always a fave). The dark table layered with dark placemats (DIY after the jump) and dark plates give the table a textural quality that instantly feels oh so rich.

placemat DIY // thanksgiving tableblack and gold luxe thanksgiving adult table // sarah sherman samuelAdd a touch of glam: I’ve added in my vintage brass toasting cups, gold plated napkin rings (these are part 2 of the SSS collaborations and are going to be available in the shop next week!), and serve up some caviar for an app. Just sprinkle on a cracker with a dollop of creme fraiche and your guests will be blown away. 

And lastly…Grab a wreath (or make one if you’re extra crafty) and use it as a centerpiece. We picked up this candle holder from target and put black candles in it to bring the monochromatic drama up into the centerpiece.

DIY details on the placemat and product sources after the jump!…

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candlelit christmas table

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candlelit christmas table // smitten studioAs I mentioned before, Rupe and I are staying in California for the holidays this year, so I am planning on making it as close to a white Christmas as you can in a LA bungalow. I’ve teamed up with Target to share this wintery white, candlelit Christmas table using pieces from their latest holiday collection.

candlelit christmas table // smitten studiocandlelit christmas table // smitten studiocandlelit christmas table // smitten studiocandlelit christmas table // smitten studiocandlelit christmas table // smitten studioWire brush trees make up the majority of the centerpiece while mercury glass candle holders round out the rest of the non-floral tablescape, giving it just the right amount of sparkle. I’ve also used my favorite trick of layering on different textures, giving dimension to all of the white on white. Once the lights are turned down, all the candles are lit, and we are gathered with a few friends, Christmas in LA will be pretty special too!

Ceramic Deer Head from Target // Small Wire brush trees from Target and Large // White Round Plates from Target // White Scalloped Plates (old) find similar here // Gold Chargers from Target // Gold Candle Holders from Target // Gold Ornaments from Target // White & Silver Flatware from World Market // Large Gold Mason Jar (used as candle hurricanes) from Target // Extra Large Gold Mason Jar (used as candle hurricanes) from Target // Faux Fur White Throw from Target

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas & Giveaway

holiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioholiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioIt is probably no surprise that one of my favorite parts of the holidays is setting up a pretty table to gather around. It doesn’t have to be over the top or heavily themed, but I like to pull out the gold flatware and add a few unique pieces to make the table a little extra special. I’m calling this year’s a “natural luxe” tablescape.

To help you re-create a similar look I’ve listed a few ideas to try on your Thanksgiving table and I’ve teamed up with two amazing brands, The Citizenry and Suite One Studio, to give away these gorgeous pieces so that one lucky winner can get a head start!

thanksgiving table ideas & giveaway // smitten studio

holiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioholiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioholiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioIdea 1: Layer multiple dishes and napkins for extra depth.

For a holiday table I usually like to start with a charger, then add a napkin, then dinner plate and usually top it off with something decorative (like the pheasant feather) at each place setting. This table got its’ extra layer of luxe with the gold rimmed dessert plate and gold rimmed bowl that would be perfect for a little amuse bouche.

holiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioIdea 2: Create a centerpiece from the produce aisle.

Thanksgiving celebrates a time of harvest and bounty so why not create a centerpiece from the farmer’s market or just the produce aisle at your local grocery store. To keep it looking tasteful I stuck with a monochromatic palette. I love the texture of the artichokes which I used to make the bulk of the arrangement and then added in pears, gourds, and a little eucalyptus to fill it out.

holiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioholiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioIdea 3: Keep it neutral but play up textures.

This year I stuck with a neutral color palette and relied heavily on the patterns and textures of all the natural elements to up the luxe factor. Black, white, brown, and gold make for a rich color combination but bringing in the textures of the cow horn tumbler, pheasant feather, marble tabletop, cowhide rug, and wood grain planter take it to a whole ‘nother level.

The Citizenry & Suite One Studio Giveaway Details…
One winner will receive:
1 set of 2 Cow Horn Tumblers
1 Handcarved Adia Wood Planter
1 set of 2 Gold Rimmed Bowls
1 set of 2 Gold Rimmed Dessert Plates

TO ENTER: simply leave a comment below saying which tablescape idea you’d most likely try out, or a favorite one of your own, AND then enter here.

Entries must be posted by this Friday, November 21st. One winner will be chosen at random. Good Luck!

Sorry, limited to US readers only. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close and then announced on the bottom of this post soon after.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Additional Product Sources: Gold Flatware by West Elm // Gold Chargers by Target // Black & White Napkins by A Sunny Afternoon // Brass Goblets are vintage // Ceramic Cake Stand by Suite One Studio // Black Plates by CB2 // Table by Organic Modernism // Chairs are vintage

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed and a winner has been selected. Thanks to everyone for entering and congrats to Carin Doliva.

dining al fresco

elephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioThere is nothing like squeezing out the last days of summer with a picnic in your own backyard and while I am still in our lovey dovey Anniversary mode, I thought it would be fun to create an intimate picnic for two. Just the ticket for a date night in or to celebrate something special.

elephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioelephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioPattern mixing is always a fine idea by me, and I set the scene by combining my A Sunny Afternoon linens and boards with the Elephant Landing table cloth and pillows. A textile match made in heaven.

elephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioelephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioelephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioelephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioNow all you need is your loved one, some champagne, and to light up the candles, and you’ve got the beginnings of a simple but special evening.

Images by Caroline of Woodnote Photography

Sources: Serving Boards by A Sunny Afternoon // Table Cloth by Elephant Landing // Napkins by A Sunny Afternoon // Pineapple Pillows by Elephant Landing // White pillows from Target // Sheepskin by Ikea // Rugs by Ikea // Gold Flatware by West Elm // Plates by Target // Candle Holders by A Sunny Afternoon // Gold Goblets, vintage