Holiday Decorating Inspiration: Evergreen and Amber

For a rich, luxe look this holiday season, decorate your table with jewel-tone colors and lustrous fabrics like velvet. I turned to nature for this holiday look and was inspired by the deep evergreen hues of forest pines; the glowing amber accents you’ll see are a nod to the golden colors of petrified tree sap. Create visual interest by adding patterns to your holiday table—the prints will add energy and I love that the pattern I chose is also reminiscent of fallen fir needles. Lastly, don’t forget to add some shine: Gleaming metallic accents in copper and gold have a scintillating effect when set against deep evergreen and emerald tones.


FOR MORE HOLIDAY DECORATING INSPIRATION:
Berry & Woodlands
Peppermint & Gingerbread
Coastal Freeze


evergreen inspired holiday tabletop for minted by kelli hallAdd jewel-like pieces for added sparkle. I made these place-card holders using inexpensive druzy stones that I sliced with a Dremel blade.

evergreen inspired holiday tabletop for minted by kelli hallGive fresh pears a misting of (edible!) metallic color (they also double as take-home treats).

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evergreen inspired holiday tabletop for minted by kelli hall

MORE ON METALLICS
Adding a hint of shine is my favorite way to add polish and panache to the dinner table. Here are some of my favorite ideas:
• Use edible gold color mist on various fruits like pears, pomegranates, and apples for an easy sparkle effect.
Foil-pressed place cards can be used as food and hors d’oeuvres labels. What’s great is that you can order them in quantities as little as five, so it’s an affordable way to add stylish printed stationery pieces to the table without breaking the bank.
• DIY these gilded walnuts and place them at each table setting—they’re a modern take on the Victorian tradition of gilded fortune walnuts (details and DIY instructions here).

evergreen inspired holiday tabletop for minted by kelli hallThis copper-foil-pressed invitation is fresh and chic.

evergreen inspired holiday tabletop for minted by kelli hallGilded tree-ring menu cards also complement the overall vibe.

evergreen inspired holiday tabletop for minted by kelli hall, amber sugar stir sticksOffer sugar stir sticks (that resemble crystallized amber) to sweeten warm drinks.

evergreen inspired holiday tabletop for minted by kelli hall, martini olives and mixer giftA jar of martini olives paired with a bottle of vermouth make the perfect hostess gift.

evergreen inspired holiday tabletop for minted by kelli hall

ON GIFT-GIVING
• For hostess gifts, I try to elevate ordinary items with pretty packaging. Here, I added a custom sticker to a jar of Spanish olives; when paired with a bottle of vermouth, it becomes a fabulous martini-themed gift. You could go one step further by adding a bottle of your favorite small-batch vodka.

evergreen and amber inspired holiday table for minted by kelli hallWalnut-shell salt and pepper cellars

evergreen and amber inspired holiday table for minted by kelli hall
evergreen and amber inspired holiday table for minted by kelli hall

Resources:
“Sandstone” menu card in sea by Olivia Kanaley
“The Milky Way” place card in emerald by Phrosné Ras
“Rose Colored Glasses” flag sticker by Kelli Hall
“Simple Sprig” napkins in fern by Erin Deegan
“Fields” table runner in navy by Phrosné Ras
“Winter Soireé” party invitation in deep forest by Guest What Design Studio
“Gilt Agate” menu card in toasted almond by Kaydi Bishop
“Sandstone” favor tags in sea by Olivia Kanaley
“Storybook Romance” Favor sticker in eggplant by Stacey Meacham
“Modern Photo Frame” foil pressed place card in gold by Hooray Creative
“Rose Colored Glasses” wine glass tag by Kelli Hall
Amber sugar stir sticks
English walnuts
Fused glass olive dish
Druzy stones (mine were similar; I cut them with a Dremel tool to make place-card holders)
Metallic gold color mist


More Holiday Decorating Inspiration:
• Thanksgiving
• Peppermint & Gingerbread
• Coastal Freeze

More from Minted:
Holiday Cards
Holiday Party Invitations
Fabric

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