Give your table a New Orleans feel by creating a layered look.
Hostess Melissa Rufty shares her secrets for setting a stylish and festive holiday table. Start off by never being afraid to mix your patterns.
For a less formal place setting, use wood Florentine trays as chargers underneath gold Wedgwood dinner plates and vintage
glass dessert plates.
Wood Florentine trays: vintage, Antiques on Jackson, 504/524-8201
Fabric pouches: by Becky Vizard, New Orleans; bviz.com
Tuck stems of roses, succulents, pepper berry, and eucalyptus into the holes of an 18th-century glazed ceramic French brazier for a dramatic cascading effect.
Add saturated color and eclectic style with a combination of colored and clear glasses. Buck tradition and use small aubergine
juice glasses for red wine.
Clear glasses: Diamante by Arte Italica; available through replacements.com
Green glasses: vintage cased glass by Carlo Moretti; similar items often available on eBay, search "Carlo Moretti"; ebay.com
Hung on a festive fall garland, antique-textile pouches made by Louisiana artisan Becky Vizard hold guests' handwritten notes
of thanks; bviz.com.
Garlands: by Ambrose Garden, New Orleans; 504/861-1953