Holidays are best spent around a table, surrounded by loved ones. Whatever you're celebrating, bring a little SLO CAL Crafted® sparkle to your special dinner. From festive floral arrangements and favors to family recipes and sweet treats, here are a few ways to make your event unforgettable.

 

First things first—the table. Creating a remarkable tablescape that's a guaranteed conversation-starter doesn’t have to be difficult. Whether you're eclectic, minimalist, or classic, Wilder Floral Co. has dreamy centerpieces sure to highlight your aesthetic. A little last minute? A eucalyptus garland and a few precisely scattered pomegranates is an easy sophisticated option. Either way, be prepared for nonstop compliments.

 

Beyond attention-grabbing centerpieces, your table’s settings are another area you could add a little personality. Trim your settings with custom calligraphy place cards. Local letterer, Raina Toy-Smith of Fête & Quill, is prime local talent. Every name scrawled in her beautiful, old-world calligraphy will transform the chore of building your seating chart into an enjoyable experience. Go one step further and include a menu at each place for a dash of Victorian elegance.

 

 

With your place cards ready, you'll want tableware that complements the meal. Since plates are your food's canvas, invest in something special this holiday season. One-of-a-kind tablewares from Heidi Peterson Ceramics add a touch of character and charm. Her creations are the perfect backdrop for your holiday meal. Now let's talk about the real showstopper of any party—the food!

 

Don't spend one more second stressing about what to serve. Even if you’re not a natural in the kitchen, you can bring something tasty to the table with locally-sourced treats.

 

For starters, you can't go wrong with a luscious bread basket and dish brimming with We Olive olive oil for dipping. (Their tempting trio is a can’t-miss.)  Of course, the main course is the main event—pair your favorite bird with a bubbly from Laetitia. Or delight your guests with something unexpected: go all-in on side dishes. If your holiday vibe is a little more casual, High Street Deli turkey pesto sandwiches, old-fashioned potato salad, and a fridge full of Tin City Cider is an instant crowd-pleaser.

 

 

The piece de resistance?  Dessert. Whatever your sweet tooth craves, a cup of home-brewed HoneyCo Coffee is an ideal go-to. Save yourself some time and hassle—order a Champagne Cake from Madonna Inn—it's a classic. Looking for a  more rustic aesthetic this year? An olallieberry pie, a local favorite, from Avila Valley Barn is a delicious end to any meal (and the beginning of everyone’s holidaze). There won't be a single leftover crumb.

 

Once the dishes have been cleared and the goodbyes said, send your guests off with a festive favor. Paso Almonds has teeth-tingling brittle that's totally worth falling for. Or consider a gourmet option sure to set tongues wagging, a jar of lavender jelly from Harmony Lavender.

 

 

Your time is precious. Make this year's holiday uniquely your own. Adding a touch of SLO CAL to your seasonal shindigs will not only make preparations a little simpler, they'll add a magic touch. The less time you're in the kitchen, focusing on the decor, or setting the table, the more time you can spend laughing with your favorite people.