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Julie Royce and Melissa Manzelmann Curate the Perfect Holiday Gathering

Article by Julie Royce and Melissa Manzelmann

Photography by Weston Carls

Originally published in East Austin Lifestyle

You can create a stunning table by using what you already have on hand. 

We chose Melissa’s grandmother’s china from the 1940s, as our base line to assemble from. The eucalyptus green, antique blue, and silver trim gave us our color pallet to build on.

Combining silver and gold accents for the candle sticks, napkin rings, as well as mixed metals for the flatware gave our setting a unique flare! Adding the greenery to the napkins, wrapping a

garland of leaves through the center of the table, brought a lush and layered look to carry your eye throughout the setting.

7 tips for creating a warm and inviting dinner table:

●      Use what you already have, don’t be afraid to mix and match pieces to build your color scheme.

●      Add varying heights with candles and platters so the table doesn’t seem one dimensional.

●      Throw in greenery and/or flowers for a lush look.

●      Add name place cards.

●      Throw in sparkly elements to make it festive!

●      Marry the traditional to the modern.

●      A gorgeous floral centerpiece always brightens the room adding color to the landscape.

Contadi Castaldi” Sparkling Cava

Macaroons from La Patasserie

Curated by Jolie Soiree

Charcuterie board by McCayla Velilla

Wines selected by Sommelier Penelope Gilfort

Domaine de Triennes Sainte - Fleur Viognier, William Chris High Plains Rose and Red Blend, Felix Solis 'Medusa' Albarino

Dessert sideboard designed by Katie Starley of Beyond Boards

Macaroons from La Patasserie, Pies,


Tablescape design

Flowers by

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