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December 10, 2020

Festive Folly: A Christmas Tablescape and Salad Recipe

Stuffy Muffy Red and Green Christmas Tablescape

Red and green, the classic combination that conjures up Christmas memories and magic. This year, we all need sentimentality in spades, prompting my take on a traditional tablescape that features these two tones and a soupçon of festive flourishes.

The starting point was the very elegant Hollyhock Stripe pattern from India Amory that plays out on the tablecloth and napkins. Ever the lover of a monochromatic moment, I wanted plenty of shades of green (just not fifty!). Enter these exquisite plates from Boxwoods (they are available to purchase at the shop, just pop by or give them a ring!) and my favorite sage goblets from The Avenue.

Stuffy Muffy Red and Green Christmas Tablescape
Stuffy Muffy Red and Green Christmas Tablescape

Mary Carpenter of Love Louise Designs created the place cards, she is one of my favorite local artists to support and always a joy to work with. A rattan centerpiece brimming with winter blooms and spruce from Ginger Rose Flowers ties it all together. Noteworthy for Atlantans: Ginger Rose just opened up the most charming florist shop in Virginia-Highlands next time you’re in need of a bouquet or two.

Stuffy Muffy Red and Green Christmas Tablescape
Stuffy Muffy Red and Green Christmas Tablescape

As for what we’ll be serving come Christmas Eve, the menu will star this crab bisque with cheese muffins and a decadent salad that plates beautifully. I thought I’d share the salad recipe because one can never have enough holiday dinner ideas!

Stuffy Muffy’s Holiday Salad

Serves 6-8, I always plate individually.


  • 1/4-1/2 cup lemon juice (to taste!)
  • 2-4 tsp honey (to taste!)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp minced shallots
  • 4 tbsp Dijon mustard


  • 1 large container of leafy greens (Think hearty varieties like kale and spinach. I love the Power Greens mix from Costco, pictured.)
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1 block of Roquefort blue cheese, crumbled (As Ina says, the good kind!)
  • Pomegranate arils

Assemble the greens and avocado slices on salad plates. Drizzle with dressing then garnish with blue cheese and pomegranate arils. Bon appétit!

PS for a colonial Williamsburg-inspired spread, peruse last year’s table featuring orange pomanders and clementine topiaries.

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  • lulu

    I am making stuffy muffy’s holiday salad again this year! beautiful table!!

    December 22, 2020 at 8:55 am Reply
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