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Dishing It Up With Sharon Insul—Create A Show-Stopping Dinner Table With The Simplest Of Things

Candles, LED lights brighten a holiday table.
Each place setting has a square dinner plate, glass salad plate and a small green glass bowl filled with a pear.

Posted Monday, December 24, 2018 - 2:43 pm

Fluffing, bling-ing, tweaking, layering and always, always checking it twice. It’s all in the fine tuning that makes my tables sought after by my clients.

The table seen in the first photo is in fact my very own holiday table. Creating a show-stopping dinner table depends on the simplest of things. Take a breath people, when I say simple, I mean just that— a simple, easy, no-stress-express way to get those oooo’s and ahhhh’s you’ve been looking for. Oh please, of course you are.

Me too —each and every time. Lol. A white linen table cloth adds razzle-dazzle to any setting. Think of your cloth as a bright blank canvas, waiting for splashes of color. Patience pleeeease.

Simply wash and rinse your glassware/crystal and dishes in hot soapy water, allowing them to air dry without leaving lint residue. Between your overhead lights and candles, lots and lots of candles, your table will take on the magic of a winter wonderland. When you take your spot at the table take a second to enjoy your very own light show. What, you don’t see it? The twisting, turning, leaping, sparkling and shimmying created by your candle flames set against your well earned ooo’s and ahhh’s holiday table.

The garland seen running down the middle of the table has been intertwined with twinkling LED lights, gold and cream pearlized tree ornaments, pears, yards of French wire sage/gold colored ribbon, sparkling snow flakes, wreaths of bronzed metal leaves, and glittered pine cones of copper and dusty silver.

Each place setting has a square dinner plate, a glass salad plateand small green glass bowl filled with a pear. What are the guests suppose to do with an uncut pear? Well since you asked so nicely I will tell you. Each pear will be taken back to the kitchen to be miraculously returned into the form of a dessert, of a poached pear topped off with fresh currant infused whipped cream.

Happiest of holidays to all.

Now on Amazon is Sharon Insul’s latest book, “A collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper.” Available in E-book and hardcover at

For the children in your life it’s all about those adorable sisters Emily and Abby. The “I Am Sooo Lucky!!!” trilogy is available now on Amazon at Listen to Insul’s children’s books live radio interview at Prime Amazon members can read for free.

Sharon Insul is the former owner of the Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and…

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