HOW TO STYLE: Your Dinner Table for Christmas Party
The presents are wrapped, the decorations are up and the Christmas carols are on repeat. Next up is to transform your dinner table into a festive display that will get your dinner guests into the holiday spirit. We’ve teamed up with prop stylist, Samantha Wong (@samishome), to pull together an enchanting dinner table setting. Check out her tips below so you can transform your dinner table into something captivating!
Club Monaco (CM) & Samantha Wong (SW)
CM: Where do you get your inspirations on styling a table?
SM: I take inspiration from Hong Kong - what's seasonal, what's around me in addition to extra tips from Pinterest when I need a boost of ideas and tricks!
CM: Three tips on how to decorate or style a table
1. Use the height and the breadth of the room to determine how to decorate. Since my house has tall ceilings, creating a balloon garland that suspends over the table creates drama.
2. Choose a colour palette and let it set the mood through your plates, cutlery and florals.
3. Always collaborate with friends and fellow artists: it'll help lift the weight off your shoulders but also allow your friends to show off their talents at the table. Beverly of Life at Studio B is a friend and calligrapher who helped me write the menus and name cards.
CM: How does Club Monaco as a brand inspire you for this table setting?
SW: Club Monaco and I share a love for an easy elegance that goes beyond simply the wardrobe and into daily living. When it comes to entertaining we love a gathering that's not fussy and overdone but is warm and inviting with an added sense of "wow!" to the table.
CM: The styling elements of this Club Monaco table setting
SW: Since Christmas decor can be somewhat of a cliché, I wanted something more fun and unexpected for the table setting. The balloon garland pays tribute to the shiny spherical ornaments that you'd find on a tree, and adding some evergreen and white florals gives it that festive 'snowy' look.
For the table itself, I kept everything rather paired down to let the balloon garland sing. I prefer neutrals for a refined and understated setting so I played up the conversation in textures: pewter, speckled matte stoneware, white crinkly linen and a hint of brass.
As a prop stylist, I love searching for new pieces to add to my collection of tableware whether I'm at home or traveling. The plates are from a local ceramic shop that sells imperfect pieces that factories label as defects; the narrow forks are from a thrift store in Canada; the bone spoons are from Vietnam when I went two Christmases ago; and the brass water jug is from Old Faithful Shop in Vancouver. The rocks that sit on the name cards were picked up from the stony beaches of Newfoundland. I thought they were just so cool- something the Club Monaco community would understand- that deep sense of appreciation for beauty in small, ordinary things.
禮物已經包裝好、佈置裝飾都掛上、聖誕歌亦不斷重複播放著。下一步便是把你家裹平凡的餐桌，搖身一變成充滿節日佈置的餐桌，為你的親朋好友帶來濃厚聖誕氣氛。我們與著名道具造型師 Samantha Wong (@samishome) 合作，一起把餐桌佈置得令人陶醉。看看以下的小提示，如何把你的餐桌變得更吸引!
SM: 我的靈感來源自香港。不論是季節性的，還是身邊的事物。有時，我還會在 Pinterest 取得一些秘訣。
3. 要與朋友和同伴藝術家合作，這不但能分輕你的工作亦能讓你的朋友在餐桌設計上發揮他們才能。來自 Life at Studio B 的 Beverly 是我一位書法家朋友，她曾為我的菜單和名片作字體設計。
CM: Club Monaco 這個品牌如何啟發你對餐桌設計的想法?
SM: Club Monaco 代表的不只是時裝，而是一種優雅的生活態度。我亦喜爱這種簡約優雅的設計。當邀請朋友聚會時，與其追求過度的佈置裝飾，我們希望用簡約優雅的餐桌佈置為每位朋友帶來"嘩"一聲的驚喜，營造出溫暖的聚會氣氛。
CM: Club Monaco 餐桌設計的風格元素是?
作為一個道具造型師，我無論在家裡還是旅行，都喜歡為我的餐具系列尋找一些新元素：盤子是來自一家當地銷售次品的陶瓷商店；幼細的叉是購自加拿大的二手店；骨瓷湯匙是兩年前的聖誕我從越南帶回來的； 黃銅水壺是來自溫哥華的 Old Faithful Shop；專放名片的岩石座是我從紐芬蘭的石灘中拾獲的。我認為這個組合正正代表著 Club Monaco，對平凡微小事情的一種讚美。