Entertaining with a Northwest-Style Table

Greens go with gold this festive season

Having recently returned to the Pacific Northwest after a few years spent in that sunnier state to our south, I have a renewed appreciation for our region’s landscape. Merely stepping outdoors presents us with an inspiringly varied palette, not to mention a plethora of natural elements (pussy willows to pine cones) that we can bring indoors as adornments for our design schemes. And once fall is upon us, it’s so easy to get in the holiday mood, and to start dreaming up that just-right seasonal spread to welcome our friends and family to the table.

The nice thing about this tabletop creation is that it can serve for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah and New Year’s celebrations. And while it might look complicated, it actually takes little time to fashion (a big plus during the time-strapped holidays). The moss covers even a large surface lushly and quickly; popping in a few vintage candlesticks brings in that classic, cozy holiday glow; and then, it’s just a matter of placing a few favorite holiday accents and your Northwest table will be festively set. 
Kelley Moore (kelleylmoore.net) is a Seattle-based entertaining specialist

Gold adds instant glam to any table, and you can use all of these gold accents through the entire holiday season. Chilewich placemats, $10 each, Stuhlbergs (Queen Anne, 1801 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206.352.2351; stuhlbergs.com); gold charger, rental fee $3.25 each, gold linen hemstitch napkin, rental fee $3.50 each, Choice Linens (Georgetown, 4700 Ohio Ave. S, Suite E; 206.728.7731; choicelinens.com); Organic Shaped dinner ware, metallic rimmed, $24–$40, stemless gold-rimmed glasses, $23 for a set of four, and place cards, West Elm (South Lake Union,2201 Westlake Ave.; 206.467.5798; westelm.com); vintage frames, $75–$295, green red-wine glasses, $12 each, Susan Wheeler Home (Georgetown, 5515 Airport Way S; 360.402.5080; susanwheelerhome.1stdibs.com); vintage gold-rimmed wine glasses, $350 for a set of 12, Pacific Galleries (SoDo, 241 S Lander St., 206.292.3999; pacgal.com); vintage flatware, $12 per piece, Watson Kennedy Fine Home (Downtown, 1022 First Ave., 206.652.8350, watsonkennedy.com); and floral arrangements, $40–$85, table runner, moss, Fleurish (by appointment, Capitol Hill, 1308 E Union St.; 206.322.1602; fleurish.com)

Placing individual desserts on pedestals gives guests something sweet to look forward to. Lemon tartHonoré Artisan Bakery (Ballard, 1413 NW 70th St.; 206.706.4035; honorebakery.com), Decor Bon Bon Hue beaded miniature pedestal, $18 each, Rosanna Inc., (206.204.0588; rosannainc.com), Vintage brass candlesticks, $195–$245, Watson Kennedy, and Hurricane terrarium, $150, Le Objects for the Home (Georgetown, 1226 S Bailey; 206.604.4958; leobjects.com). A DIY Champagne bar invites guests to mix up their own Champagne cocktails. Simply place flutes on a silver tray and add sugar cubes, bitters and berries to complete the look. Vintage candelabra, $250, Pacific Galleries, Vintage silver tray, $20–$250, Le Objects for the Home, Luxe Moderne flutes, $72 set of four, medium trophy bowl, $30, small trophy bowl, $26, Rosanna Inc., and Floral arrangement in small trophy bowl, Fleurish