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Bev Entertaining: A New Twist on the Traditional

Sideboard and Luis Colmenares mirror, decorated for the holidays.

Linda Reese Bjork Photographs

This holiday season you’ll see a lot of the new “hot” colors – pink, aqua, lime green and purple – so definitely try a new color palette. I love a real Christmas tree to give the scent of the holidays, but artificial garland and small accent trees that are already lit are great choices as well and save time.

With Linda Bjork’s hot pink dining room, we chose ornaments [birds, presents, balls and leaf pens] in hot pink, lime green, purple, red and aqua. We set the table with a lime green under cloth and a pink silk overlay, and then added red rose placemats, Christmas wine glasses, silver goblets, cute napkins and place card holders with stars. The Celebration Mantlepiece holder is filled with magnolia leaves and bleeding heart that we picked from the garden and is accented with ornaments and votives. Presents and jingle bells are favors for everyone to take home. Find light-up headpieces for the girls and reindeer ears for the guys. Ask everyone to bring a dish and let the children plan an easy play. Sing lots of Christmas carols before and after dinner, and pass out rhythm instruments to get everyone in on the act!

Close-up of placemat with favors and a Christmas wine glass with name added.

Celebration Mantlepiece centerpiece, from Bev’s collection.

 Overall view of the dining room.

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