Holiday Table Setting: Imperial Opulence

By Stephanie Saunders


Russian Imperial style is a classic holiday theme that is sumptuous, festive and oh-so-beautiful. When I think of a Russian Christmas, I think of imperial palaces, horse-drawn sleds, fur trimmed everything and lots of red and gold.




Tips and tricks:

Colour in abundance is super-important to Russian styling and can be mixed with neutrals to balance the look. I mixed two very bright accent plates with a white and gold dinner plate. This way you can raid the china cabinet or antique store for details and still use your own china for the main meal.

Don’t go too fussy: if your dinner setting is ornate, opt for modern flatware with straight lines. This amazing gold flatware from West Elm balances the antique-store china perfectly. The same goes for the table-cloth: plain or small pattern is best.




Gold is god: don’t be shy with your use of the warm metallic for this theme. I used it for everything from napkin holders to vodka glasses because I just couldn’t get enough.

A small hit of French works too. My champagne glasses remind me of something Marie Antoinette would have had, almost like a Russian Christmas in Paris.




Always mix high and low: precious antique store china and glasses mixed with easy-to-find flatware, napkins and flatware. If budget is a factor, swap in gold-rimmed glassware from Homesense or The Bay to stay in check.

Glittering ornaments make wonderful table-decoration: if your stuck on which flowers to use or want something different, sprinkle special ornaments along the centre to add wow factor.




Where to buy:

Floral plates: Cynthia Findlay Antiques (CFA).

Dinner plate:

Gold rimmed glassware: CFA.

Gold flatware: West Elm.

Side dishes: CFA.

Crown napkin ring:

Napkin: Homesense.

Ball ornament: Homesense.

Gilded ornament:

Chair fabric: Designer Fabrics.


Champagne flute: Homesense.

Glassware: Distinctly Home,

Topics: Decorarting, Holidays, Table, Glam, Christmas, Russian, Imperial, Inspiration, Red, White, Gold, Antique, Parisian

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