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How to Set the Christmas Table in Silver and Gold

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Silver and gold, silver and gold on every Christmas tree…and table. We’ve partnered with Brie Matulich, founder of My Splendid Living, to give you Christmas table decoration ideas for when you’re going for a look that’s a little more glam.

This holiday season, we are decking the halls with silver mercury glass trees to create an unforgettable shimmering, Christmas winter wonderland tablescape! I love the idea of mixing silver and gold, especially on the table, so this became my inspiration and theme for this year’s holiday party.

a wood table with plates wine glasses and glass tree decorations on a large piece of land

I set the scene on Crate and Barrel’s Dakota table in my backyard, and I arranged a long piece of fresh cedar garland down the middle of the table, letting it float off each end corner of the table. This created dramatic appeal but still allowed for extra place settings at each end of the table.

table full of plates wine glasses glass trees and tree branches

To complete the centerpiece, I added mercury glass trees along the garland, starting with the tallest in the middle and adding shorter trees on either side. Silver and gold glitter garlands were also added for a touch of shimmer along the row. In between the mercury glass trees, you can find shiny gold and silver ornaments nestled among the cedar garland as a finishing touch.

set of plates and a napkin surrounded by a tree branch, glass trees and a glass of wine

Each place setting is composed of Gold Rim Buffet plates stacked on top of the Shimmer Silver Glass Chargers and Snowfall placemats. Gold snowflake-shaped Flurry Beaded Napkin Rings adorn the Helena Graphite Linen Dinner Napkins, and the Emory Gold Flatware continued the theme of mixing gold and silver at each setting.

To finish the look, I added cozy fur pillows and blankets to keep guests warm under the starry night sky. As the sun started to set, I turned on the twinkle lit trees and began to prepare the Champagne Cranberry Cocktail and Seared Ahi on Sesame Cracker with Wasabi Cream before my guests arrive.

stack of plates in a rack sits near three forks and plates with food in front of a christmas tree

three plates with appetizers on a table with a tree branch

This is a wonderful holiday Hors D’oeuvre adapted from Cindy Pawlcyn’s Seared Ahi Tuna recipe and prepared in collaboration with Steamer’s Grillhouse in Los Gatos, CA. Steamers is known for their daily fresh fish coming from around the world and many signature dishes, one being my favorite Seared Ahi Tuna on a Sesame Cracker. I always enjoy having a night out with my husband to sip champagne and eat this delicious Ahi Tuna appetizer during the holiday. I think you will too!

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Seared Ahi Tuna on Sesame Crackers with Wasabi Cream
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Ahi Tuna Ingredients
  • 5 oz ahi tuna
  • sesame seeds
  • poppy seeds
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced to garnish
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced to garnish
  • fresh cilantro chopped fine to garnish
  • sesame crackers
  • peanut oil to sear tuna
Wasabi Cream Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons wasabi powder
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons half and half
Servings
12
Ingredients
Ahi Tuna Ingredients
  • 5 oz ahi tuna
  • sesame seeds
  • poppy seeds
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced to garnish
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced to garnish
  • fresh cilantro chopped fine to garnish
  • sesame crackers
  • peanut oil to sear tuna
Wasabi Cream Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons wasabi powder
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons half and half
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  1. Mix together the wasabi powder and water until well combined. Add in the sour cream and half and half. Stir until smooth. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
  2. Prepare the tuna by cutting it lengthwise into three triangles. Season the tuna with salt. In a separate bowl mix together equal amounts of pepper, poppy seeds, and sesame seeds. Then roll each piece of tuna into the seed mixture. Heat a large sauce pan on high heat with peanut oil until hot, then carefully sear each side of the tuna in the oil. Cook through about a 1/4 inch leaving the inside rare and red. Chill the pieces of tuna in the refrigerator.
  3. Once chilled, slice the tuna into long, thin pieces for serving on a sesame cracker.
  4. Add the Ahi tuna to a sesame cracker and drizzle the wasabi cream over the tuna and cracker in a straight line of motion. Garnish with finely sliced red bell peppers, green onions, and fresh cilantro. Serve.
four glasses of champagne with cranberries on a table in front of a christmas tree

I got this recipe from my best friend Sara Scroggins, who makes custom cocktails at the Basin in Saratoga, CA. Sara knows my love for champagne, so she came up with a fun holiday twist to spice up my champagne for the party.

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Champagne Cranberry Cocktail
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  • 5 oz champagne
  • 4-5 drops Cranberry Bitters
  • Sugar Cube
  • Cranberries
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Ingredients
  • 5 oz champagne
  • 4-5 drops Cranberry Bitters
  • Sugar Cube
  • Cranberries
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Instructions
  1. Fill each champagne glass 3/4 of the way.
  2. Add 4-5 drops of cranberry bitters to sugar cube. Drop the sugar cube into the champagne glass, causing the drink to fizz and bubble. The cranberry bitters will cut the sugary flavor of the champagne, leaving you with the best Champagne Cocktail I’ve ever tasted!
  3. To garnish, add cranberries to a stainless steal cocktail pick and place over the glass.
  4. Serve immediately.

Comments

  1. Linda M

    Love the coupe glass; classic & modern all at the same time

    December 17, 2016 | Reply

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