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Dressed for the Holidays: Bright Greens and Ivory Set an Elegant Mood

Magazine article Sunset

Dressed for the Holidays: Bright Greens and Ivory Set an Elegant Mood

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For a fresh alternative to the traditional Christmas palette of red and green, we decorated this tabletop with materials in soft shades of green and white set against a backdrop of crisp white linens. Napkins are embellished with simple embroidery: Each has a small Christmas tree stitched near one corner. Dried split peas add color to centerpieces brimming with sweet-smelling freesias and tulips. (If you can't find these flowers at this time of year, white roses are a good alternative.) To complete the tablescape, we filled clear glass Christmas ornaments with green or white flower petals or leaves and attached placecards to them. Guests can take the ornaments home to hang on their own trees.

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Floral centerpiece

The key to this arrangement is the vase: The bright green color and pebblelike texture come from dried green split peas, readily available at grocery stores. Place a small, low glass cylinder inside a larger, low glass cylinder (ours measure 3 in. …

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