Winter Plaid Dinner Party

You may remember in December I designed this “glam” table for The Party Dress’ Holiday Table Challenge.  Well, in the end Kelly showcased her own design as well and it was this amazing “Mad for Plaid” dessert table below.  She also created a coordinating dining table (above) using the same colors and the red reindeer silhouettes – a great way to bridge 2 party spaces! 
Here’s what Kelly has to say about her dining table:   I wanted to re-purpose the reindeer from my Mad for Plaid dessert table, and make the table appeal to both the adults and young children that would be attending. Keeping it crisp, with a touch of preppy pizzazz, I used my mod pattern from our Christmas collection for the base. I printed a vase wrapper for the centerpiece (hid the seam with ribbon), and also printed round placecards that sat in the center of my dinner plates. Old, red chargers found their way out of storage, crisp white napkins edged with polka dot ribbon (found at Home Goods) were tied with snowflake ornaments each expressing a holiday wish (dream, joy, peace, love and wish).
I simply adore the place settings!  She’s a pro at turning traditional ideas and elements into something modern!


Now for the dessert table Kelly says:  I wanted to create a dessert table that truly spoke to my personal style – preppy, with a touch of updated style!  Always inspired by Ralph Lauren, I decided to play on my love for tartan plaid and mix different plaids to create a whimsical table, perfect for a cozy night of cocktails and sweets.  The table was set with a red herringbone tablecloth and two tartan plaid table runners.  The centerpiece was full of fresh greenery, berry branches and curly willow branches.  I used a white happiness jar to give it a touch of my modern prep style.  To add to the whimsy, I tied strips of different plaid and check fabrics hanging off the branches.  Using all white serving pieces and glass jars, I added swiss dot polka dot ribbon and candy jar tags to accessorize them.  I also used a combination of food tent cards and cupcake toppers to label all of the different sweet treats.  I also spray painted reindeer head cut-outs a red lacquer to sit on the back of my cake plates for a little extra holiday cheer.
What beautiful inspiration for any entertaining you may do over these winter months.  I’m pretty sure I’ll be incorporating a “rag” tied tree in my future!
All Paper Designs from WH Hostess
macaroons from Sucre
polka-dot chocolate-covered oreos from Sweeties by Kim

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. LOVE mixing the honeycomb motif with the plaid. Beautiful. We all must have holiday hangover!!!

  2. Petit Artiste, Beatriz Azevedo says:

    very cheerful indeed.

  3. Susan Crabtree says:

    Everything looks wonderful & I especially love the plates-did you make them?

  4. Kelly - WH Hostess says:

    Thank you for the BEAUTIFUL feature, Chris! Happy New Year!

  5. I did a rag tied tree on New Year's Eve! Love the way this looked and I had to try it immediately!

  6. jackie fo says:

    Love this rag tree trend. So easy and cute! I like she even did plaid cookies to match the theme!!

Speak Your Mind


My favorite Party Finds