Coastal Christmas with Sterling Social

If you've visited the Cailíní Coastal blog or Instagram before, you have seen our collaborations with Sterling Social.  The ladies of Sterling Social are not only great friends, but incredibly talented event designers.  We've been lucky to partner with them several times before to create absolutely stunning tablescapes and today's table might be my favorite yet! 
We wanted to create a traditional Christmas tablescape with a coastal twist and the look they created was spot on!  Combining classic blue and white porcelain pieces with rattan accents and bamboo designs, this spectacular holiday look has us wanting to skip over Thanksgiving & get right to Christmas!
Read on to see more of this gorgeous tablescape, shop the look, and get the Sterling Social's teams expert tips on how to recreate this at home.
xo Meg
Credit: Molly Rose Photography
CC: Tell us about this magical look and the inspiration behind it.
SS: This was such a fun one!  We got to step up the formal side of Cailíní Coastal.  We tried to stay true to the signature blue tone and not be afraid to layer the colors and textures for a little more of that eclectic, imperfect feel.   This is a look that if you want to translate into another season you could do so easily by utilizing all the same foundation pieces and simply adding those subtle elements (like florals) to make it feel different.  
CC: We love the greenery. Tell us about this. 
SS: The holiday is really shining through with natural greenery of pine, eucalyptus and cedar.  It has a little bit of a wild edge that's a fun transition from the typical floral centerpiece.  We thought this was a fun way to bring in the green against all the coastal blues. 
Credit: Molly Rose Photography
CC: Let's talk about the place settings.  There are two that alternate and we love these details! 
SS: Alternating placemats is an easy way to make each place setting feel special and unique. We alternated the Belize and Barbados placemats - using them as a charger in this case - to add more dimension to the table.  We did the same with the napkins.  You can play with the napkin fold - a simple rectangular fold and using a napkin ring for the other.  Showing your china preset adds to the formality.  Feel free to mix and match china, but with this look we just alternated the chargers and napkin folds.  If you're doing personalized/assigned place settings, a simple place card could be added. 
Credit: Molly Rose Photography
CC:  It feels formal, but not too formal. How did you achieve this balance?
SS: We took really classic, casual plates and added formality with beautiful Coronado Polished Silver Flatware and Laguna Blue Glassware.  The blue in the glassware add to the centerpiece decór of the table.  Adding more formal pieces in the accents helps to keep this look balanced.
Credit: Molly Rose Photography
CC:  How can we recreate this gorgeous centerpiece at home?
SS: Taper candles always step up a tablescape.  They're timeless and add so much to the ambiance.   We used your tabletop trees to line the table.  They're cute and festive detailing pieces.  If it is one of those first impression looks, you may end up wanting to pull them away and setting them on a credenza off to the side of a dining table, if you're brining anything out being served for the meal.  From a functional standpoint, you can move the decór away after the first impression look and it becomes atmospheric decor.  The trees are really easy pieces to pepper in. I love the sizes of them because you can sneak them into little nooks on the table wherever they see fit. Place the bigger pieces first and they can be added in for the special touch.
Credit: Molly Rose Photography
We always have so much fun collaborating with the Sterling Social team!  For more inspiration and information on their work and services visit them on Instagram at @SterlingSocial and 

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