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Vincenzo Dascanio’s suggestions for the perfect mise en place

Christmas is one of the most beautiful times of the year with its magical atmosphere, lights, gifts and the affection of loved ones. Even the house is dressed up and the table becomes the undisputed star of lunches and dinners: it will be the perfect setting that will help you to enhance your Christmas menus even more.

This year we wanted to ask an expert, the art director and event planner Vincenzo Dascanio, some suggestions and ideas for decorating the table: what are the trendy colors and what to choose as a placeholder and centerpiece.

So let’s find out all his advice for the ideal mise en place for Christmas 2020.

1- In recent years we have seen many styles for Christmas table decorations, from the richest to the most minimal. What do you think is the trendy mise en place this year?

For this year’s mise en place, I expect a return to traditions. Bring out the family service, hand-embroidered tablecloths, polish the silverware and enjoy Christmas with your loved ones.

2- What are the mistakes you absolutely must not commit?

I don’t think mistakes can be made. Each table will be beautiful and unique in his own way. No to stereotypes and formalisms, the secret is simplicity.

3- Any advice for an elegant and refined centerpiece?

I recommend using many candles to make the environment warm and bright. The right lighting can make the difference and make the table elegant and refined in a simple way. During the Christmas period, ivory-colored candles are ideal, they combine easily and create the right atmosphere.

4- What will your Christmas table be like? Will it reflect tradition or bring innovative elements?

I am a lover of traditions, especially during the Christmas holidays that I love to spend in the company of my loved ones. For my Christmas table, this year I will use a tablecloth very dear to me and I will create a centerpiece in shades of green and red, all rigorously enriched by the dishes of our tradition.

5- Could you recommend a place card that can also be a gift for our guests?

I recommend a personalized cookie with the initials of the guests so as to have a double value as place cards and cadeaux.

So all that remains is to be inspired by the suggestions of Vincenzo Dascanio and show your style by creating a unique atmosphere to make Christmas even more special.