Sustainable Holiday Décor

As much as I do love traditional colours for the holidays, this year I am bringing you diverse ways to decorate for the festive season. Some inspiration may include ruby and emerald hues but one of my favourite theme elements is probably blending rustic and contemporary pieces together. 

VivaTerra has an incredible collection of eco-friendly home living products, from décor accents to kitchen entertaining. It’s always inspiring to see the work of sustainable pieces that are of great quality as well as practical. 

Tree-Hugging Opulence: 
Add a touch of the outdoors with a nature-inspired setting--the tiered wood slice serving tray that I used will give you the right amount of rustic aesthetics to your decor.  

Made responsibly from sustainably harvested wood, each tier has character and is one-of-a-kind due to the pieces being genuine wood slices so the natural cracks and undulations are present in the grain.  

The tiered wood slices were ideal, in my opinion, to give my gourmet goods outdoor/indoor glam. I was surprised with an early Christmas gift from my mum, with some black winter truffles. I have memories of going with her to the chef markets and watching her select items for catering that day. When I first learnt about truffles, then tasted them in various ways, they immediately became a favourite. I may need to do a whole other post on truffles entirely.  

I decide on making a savoury tart using black truffles, with chanterelles in a home-made French truffle sauce and savoury crustTarts are one of my favourites because they are quite versatile for occasions—from sweet to savoury—dressed up with complex seasoning or simplified by the list of ingredients.  

Decorating with metal can add such a unique element to your room. I used this recycled metal leaf garland on the table—it adds a contemporary and antique beauty to the styling. The coppery coloured finish went along with my rustic nouveau theme. There’s nothing like dancing candlelight and chose a lotus flower votive. It gave the décor a hint of divine beauty amongst the harder pieces, symbolising purity, the candle also added a calmness to the table. 

Customising The Theme: 
If you want to get a little creative, then try a chalkboard concept in an unconventional way. I am keen on reinventing the wheel whenit comes to using simple pieces. I used chalkboard wrapping paper for my table board.Then, I used gold paint pens to write Happy Holidays in various languages of my guests 

You may also notice gold music notes on the tableused washi tape to create abstract sections of the table. This was also for a music-inspired game that I hosted. Games sre amways fun with guests, just choose wisely and have at least two to select from. Since this had a semi-holiday theme, I played named that tune and used the table as our designated game board. Get crafty, there’s no wrong way to do it, as long as you know your guests! 

HappySalty Tales: An Education 
There are many reasons to love using pink Himalayan salt. Himalayan salt provides a natural source of minerals to your body, as mentioned previously. It has a multitude of health benefits, including pH balance for your body and reducing acid reflux, amongst other benefits, this mineral is a wonderful way to flavour your food whilst cooking your gourmet favourites.  

VivaTerra’s lovely range of Himalayan salt cooking and serving essentials includes a mortar and pestle, and a variety of blocks. 

Himalayan salt blocks can be used to grill, cure, serve, and chill your food. I love using the salt blocks because they are excellent cooking surfaces and raise the flavour calibre of your food when being used, so your food has a more complex taste. 

typically like to use salmon and scallops but it also works well for vegetables and fruits without overpowering the taste. This time, I prepared gravlax and tomatoes with fresh basil and an aged Irish Whiskey cheddar, which tasted amazing on the salt block. You can buy the block here. 

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Festive Receptions

There’s no better time to add dashes of sparkle to your décor than the holiday season. And, when it involves an intimate gathering of close friends and family members to celebrate the nuptials of a darling couple, you just might want that extra gilded glamour. 

I had the pleasure of putting together some festive styling with combining a few of my favourite elements for a post-wedding event: Christmas rose gold and florals. These are merely a handful of ideas that I had conjured up in the midst of preparing my own seasonal decorations. 

Marry Me and Oriental Trading has a lovely collection of Christmas décor and wedding pieces and I was able to incorporate both ranges for this theme. 

Simple Drama: Glistening Gold 
A celebration by candlelight and evening opulence meets countryside charm—guests are embraced by holiday ornaments hanging on garlands, and poinsettia place settings. This, all to remind you of the holiday season upon us and that there really is something quite magical about this special time of year. 

I took on the challenge of illuminating masculine elements with feminine accents, which surprisingly balanced the décor almost seamlessly. Stags with miniature piles of wood slices, and porcelain candlestick antlers were paired against shimmering black sisal trees, chocolate pinecones, and cream coloured tapers for a dark romantic take on the celebration. 

I used red as an accent with black and gold as the statement colours. If you want to save money on bouquets, then make a centrepiece with garland and mixed flowers. I used a boxwood garland to outline a rectangular container, then added a motley arrangement, including roses, eucalyptus leaves, and various floral sprays. (View this helpful floral guide). 

Spruce The Mood 
Candles, in my opinion, make everything a bit more elegant. Sometimes, I will just make a simple weeknight dinner, dim the lights and add a couple of candles to our ambience. Your dinner will instantly become a little romantic. Try it, even if it’s a takeaway nightYour mood changes, in a good way, and you can thank me later! 

Now, for this décor, I used globe-like mercury glass ornaments that also moonlights as brilliant terrariums. Their reflective aesthetic gave off a luxurious quality that I felt was needed for such a special occasion. Let me save you money by using printed napkin rings—these poinsettia cut napkin rings are the perfect addition to a budget-friendly sophisticate. However, I used them as decoration alongside the place cards.  

A wintry wonderland of gold it was, and as you can see I tried to express a more progressive way of thinking what holiday glam looks like, or what a winter reception should be. The answer is that it can be whatever you imagine it to be. Just create balance, have consistently with your theme, and choose your pieces wisely. Here’s inspiration for more holiday styling and decorating tips here. 

What do you think of this festive reception & holiday décor? 

The goods: Some of the products in this post were provided by Oriental Trading & Marry Me. Shop the Christmas collection here. Get wedding inspired by Marry Me. All opinions and content are honestly expressed and my own. 

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