At a holiday networking event in San Francisco last night, I got the chance to to catch up one of our Certified By The Guide floral designers, Laurel Winzler of Laurel Designs. She was recently cited in San Francisco Magazine’s December article, “101 Shortcuts to Elegant, No-Stress Entertaining”, on stands now. Since I had her attention (and I didn’t have a copy of the magazine with me!), I had to ask: What IS hot in the entertaining world this holiday season?
Laurel’s answer: go bold. For a little holiday inspiration, look at the jewel-toned flowers, fruits, and napkins on one of Laurel’s recent creations. By using floral arrangements with several different heights, the guests have plenty to feast their eyes on—and they can still see the person across from them.
If you want something even more dramatic and out-of-the-ordinary, Laurel suggests ditching the traditional long holiday table for square, Asian-themed ones. Using warm, rich reds and oranges is a surefire way to make an event memorable, and the smaller, simple tables invite more intimate conversation. Very Zen.
If you’re like me and just realized it’s December, Laurel Designs even provides in-home decoration for the season. That’s one way to take some stress out of holiday entertaining…