Camila Alves & Texas Bloggers Inspire Dreamy Holiday Tables
There are few things that we can appreciate more than a beautiful holiday table– and that's five beautiful tables designed by some of the most stylish women in the South. On Tuesday, December 6, model and activist Camila Alves (wife to Matthew McConaughey) teamed up with Target and some of our favorite Texas style icons – Camille Styles, Judy Aldridge of Atlantis Home, Amy Havins of Dallas Wardrobe, and Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Southern Living Editor-at-Large – to host a holiday party in support of her just keep livin' Foundation, a charity designed to empower students to lead healthy, active lives. Each blogger got to design her own Christmas table with Target products (don't worry, we pulled out our favorites for you!), and the results are just what you need to get into the spirit of holiday decorating.
The Holiday Table Designers
Meet Camila Alves
"My favorite things about the holidays are spending time with family that you don’t get to see too often and the giving spirit that everyone carries throughout the season. It’s a beautiful thing to see and I wish more people would carry that same spirit throughout the whole year."
"I like to keep it fun. I use items that usually would not be at a table, but not overcrowding the space. I love using unusual fresh flowers or fruits to add a special touch to the table. Prepping is key. For the table, I usually set everything up the day before. Prep everything, store it in the correct place and reset the table the next day. That way I don’t have to try to figure things out the day of my guests’ arrival."
Meet Camille Styles
"I’m very driven by seasonality and get inspired by the natural materials that I see when I step outside my door. I love centerpieces that reflect what’s currently in season: berries and pomegranates can be incorporated into a centerpiece, and pinecones and evergreen branches are beautiful tucked around platters on the table."
"The holidays are definitely the most magical time of the year for hosting a party — it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate tradition and infuse it with a few modern elements, too! For me, entertaining is about inviting family and friends (new and old) into your home and creating great memories together. No matter the occasion, my goal is always to encourage people to kick off their shoes, have a glass of wine, and linger around the table long after dessert is served."
Personalize The Table
"I think it’s really fun to add a personal touch to the table with fun place cards that identify guest seating. This can be as simple as a handwritten paper cutout, or it can be a bit more elaborate and double as a party favor. At the holidays, I love to choose an ornament that reminds me of each guest, then place it on their napkin with a little name tag tied on."
"Joy" Appetizer Plate
BUY IT: $1.99; target.com
These sweet, spirited melamine appetizer plates are perfect for holding your holiday dinner's first course.
Stripe Napkins in Gray
BUY IT: $9.99 for four; target.com
These elegant 20" by 20" cloth napkins have a thin gold stripe to add a pop of shimmer to your tablescape.
White Faux Fur Throw Blanket
BUY IT: $39.99; target.com
This cozy, faux fur throw is both stylish and practical. Put it out as part of your room's permanent decor, or store it under a side table for movie nights with friends.
Meet Amy Havins, Dallas Wardrobe
"My favorite thing about holiday entertaining is getting together all of our friends. It’s so fun to have all of our favorites in one place. Target has always been my go-to when it comes to anything holiday related. I buy everything from outdoor holiday decor, gifts for friends and even festive holiday dinnerware. I love seeing the new designs for holiday every year!"
"I have always been a less is more kind of girl."
Festive, Seasonal Decor
"When it comes to holiday decorating and entertaining, besides the flowers, one of the most important things is the food. There is nothing better than a wide variety of options! Also, a beautiful floral arrangement goes a long way."
Cheers Christmas Napkins
BUY IT: $9.99; target.com
This set of four festive cotton napkins adds Christmas flair with printed sayings of "Joy," "Merry," "Jolly," and "Cheers."
Wondershop Red Ribbon
BUY IT: $6; target.com
We love this bright, seasonal ribbon. Whether you're hoping to wrap up some hostess gifts, tie a bow onto a fresh evergreen wreath, or share a bag of cookies with your neighbors, this beautiful, stitched red ribbon will dress up your home.
Car and Camper Salt and Pepper Shakers
BUY IT: $7.99; target.com
How adorable are these fun holiday salt and pepper shakers? The two earthenware pieces feature an old-school camper with a wreath attached and a car carrying a Christmas tree.
Meet Judy Aldridge, Atlantis Home
"I love dressing up my house and getting out all the decorations. I like very traditional holiday décor. It’s just a great time of year to reconnect with friends, spend a lot of time with your family. I love cooking and every year I challenge myself to try one new recipe!"
"I like a really traditional table. I love to pull out my antique set of gold and white Noritake china, mix in tons of plaid, greenery and poinsettias. It’s a fail-proof combination."
Ruby Ring Plaid Napkins
BUY IT: $9.99 for 4; target.com
This set of four plaid cotton napkins adds classic Christmas style and colors to your holiday dinner table.
White Washed Wood Tree
BUY IT: $19.99; target.com
These rustic, white-washed trees make the perfect symmetrical addition to your fireplace or mantel.
Meet Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, SL Editor-At-Large
"[Around the holidays,] I love the feeling of nostalgia in the air! Everyone is in the spirit of the season and the comfort that comes from re-living traditions makes guests feel at ease. And, of course, I love the sweets!"
"I love adding to my collection of glass ornaments every year and Target always has a great selection! I also love to buy new melamine plates for my children to enjoy their holiday meals on. I love these vintage-inspired Santa plates."
Keep It Comfy
"I love color and use it in abundance around the holidays. I find it exciting and jolly!"
Pom Pom Marled Knit Throw
Santa Appetizer Plate
BUY IT: $1.99; target.com
Santa is dressed to impress on these playful melamine plates. With their vintage style and holiday cheer, these fun appetizer plates will fit in with any decor on your Christmas table.
Tiered Pedestal Serving Plates
BUY IT: $19.99 for a set of three; target.com
These beautiful glass serving dishes instantly jazz up your holiday spread. Whether you're serving cookies at afternoon tea, scones at brunch, or appetizers at your company Christmas party, this tiered stand will do the trick.