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11/12/14A festive and fruity tabletop


When Target challenged me to invent a fresh take on a holiday tablescape, I had a flashback to my seven years spent in Italy — and I decided to take some inspiration from my life and time there. I wanted to convey celebratory feelings of abundance. I found myself inspired by the renaissance still-lifes, like this one by Caravaggio and thought to have the table festooned with fruit.


I imagined a decadent brunch, with grapefruits and panettone, mimosas and mixed metallics — but of course, these ideas can be borrowed for any holiday meal. So with that, here are some ideas to adopt from this festive, fruity extravaganza:


1. Elevate your everyday dishes with gold chargers.


2. Create a runner of winter fruits to create a gorgeous, colorful (and edible!) tablescape.
3. Leave some fruits whole, and slice others. I was happy to find stars inside the pomegranates and persimmons that helped add to the joviality of the whole situation.
4. Use winter greens on the table to enhance the holiday mood–we used huckleberry branches.
5. Mix metallics to create a festive feel — here we’ve mixed silver mercury glass bowls with gold chargers, and vintage gold flatware to add some sparkle.


6. Use unexpected vessels to hold food — this yogurt is sitting in a little glass mason jar. Top it with a star anise for a little added festive flavor.

7. Instead of candle-sticks, try adding sparkle to your table with gold and silver jars to hold your votives.
8. Use a dark table cloth (here I’ve used a vintage kantha quilt instead of a standard table cloth) and a light, colored runner to create some contrast for the backdrop of the table.

Photography and crafting by Danae Horst and Justina Blakeney
Creative Direction by Justina Blakeney

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Justina Blakeney Justina Blakeney

Designer, artist, stylist & mama. Founder and CCO at The Jungalow. Crazy for color, pattern and plants!

32 responses to “A festive and fruity tabletop”

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  2. Corlie says:

    Justina this looks so lovely!

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  6. Rach Bryant says:

    Beautiful table Justina. What I love the most is that you show how you get your inspiration, your thinking, and in a way your process. Most blogs fail to pass that on and it makes design feel like a mystery, with these magical people who are just born with talent when really it is a process of thinking just like everything else.

    • Justina Blakeney says:

      oh that is so nice to hear! Thank you for that feedback Rach. I think of myself as a very ‘concept driven’ designer so it’s nice to hear that you enjoy hearing where my concepts derive from.

  7. vv says:

    you have such a way with color and texture, j! this is a perfect setting for a festive holiday.

    p.s. who gets to eat all the grapefruit you use for these? 😀

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