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A Merry Mid-Century Modern Christmas: Holiday Entertaining Ideas with a Retro Twist
Photos By Tara Whittaker
By Lauren Kathryn on Dec 19, 2016 at 3:00 am in Vintage and Modern
In today’s cozily retro shoot, Canadian photographer Tara Whittaker shares five ideas for hosting a sleekly understated holiday celebration with a mid-century modern twist. Tara was inspired by one of her newlywed clients, Ashley, who has a penchant for the furnishings of Herman Miller. “I thought it would be fun to give Ashley and her husband, Mark, some fresh entertaining ideas for their first Christmas morning as a married couple,” Tara says. “These ideas are simple yet festive—ideal for busy couples who might be short on time and entertaining space. In staying true to the clean minimalism of mid-mod style, we kept the palette neutral, using white, wood grains, lots of fresh greenery, and the tiniest pop of holly-berry red.”
The shoot was set at the home of Becca Black, a Calgary-based antiquarian whose treasures include a Saarinen tulip table, Eames chairs, and an enviable collection of original vinyl.
consider A Simpler Take on the traditional Tree
“Because many newlyweds don’t have the space for a full-sized evergreen in their first home, we created a stylized version of a tree using pegboard and a garland of fresh greenery,” Tara says. “The greenery attaches easily to the pegboard from behind with a bit of floral wire.”
Janelle of Flowers by Janie suggests Italian ruscus, seeded eucalyptus, bay leaves, olive branches, cedar, Leyland cypress, hemlock, and Carolina sapphire for this type of application. It’s fun, festive, and, best of all, fragrant. Mist the greenery with water to keep it fresh longer.
break out A Breakfast Charcuterie Board
“Rather than laboring in the kitchen all morning, why not opt for a breakfast charcuterie board and let your guests help themselves?” Tara suggests. “The possibilities are endless, but we chose fresh bread, artisanal jam, organic peanut butter, fruit, eggs, and roasted vegetables. We were fortunate to partner with Crate & Barrel, which provided the charcuterie board, linens and, tableware.”
Personalize the tabletop
“We used gold wire clips to affix some seasonal greenery to the clean, oversized place cards,” Tara says.
Let your Collectables Shine
Rather than purchasing specific pieces of décor strictly relegated to Christmas, why not display the items you’ve already been collecting over the years?” Tara asks. “We tapped Becca’s collection of 1950s milk-glass vessels and filled them with all-white blooms. We also added a stack of Becca’s favorite Christmas records (hello, Charlie Brown!) for a playful pop of color.
Make Merry and Sweet with a Doughnut Cart
“For guests with more of a sweet tooth, we served doughnuts (which fittingly had their heyday in the middle of the 20th century) and hot chocolate on Becca’s enamel kitchen cart from the 1960s,” Tara says. “Bite-sized doughnuts made adorable garnishes for the mugs of steaming cocoa.”
Sharing is Happiness
Photography, Design, and Styling > Tara Whittaker Photography
Fashion Styling > Adorn Boutique
Flowers > Flowers by Janie
Desserts > Pretty Sweet
Prop Rentals > Crate & Barrel
Vintage rentals > Bex Vintage
Hair > Katie Kerr
Makeup > Katie Kerr
Paper Goods > Modern Pulp
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Tara, Dec 19, 2016 at 11:38 am
Thank you for the festive feature this morning. Happy Holidays to you!
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