Seasonal merriment abounds on the table

Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Local interior designers incorporate unique elements in their table settings to delight guests, above and right.

Nothing says "welcome home" quite like a hearty meal with loved ones. While the focus is on family and food, the table styling sets the mood.

Formal affairs and casual gatherings call for different settings, and local businesses came together to share ideas recently at Enchanté Boutique Hotel at 1 Main St.


How to build your own family traditions for the holidays

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Los Altos resident and avid storyteller Enid Davis tells the tales of Hanukkah to keep traditions alive.

The miracle of Hanukkah is not the holiest holiday in Jewish tradition, but there’s a valiant story to work with - the scrappy, rebel Maccabees overcome the Greek King Antiochus’ forces, return to their temple in Judea and find just enough sacred oil left to light a candle and resume their worship traditions.


As American as pumpkin pie

Courtesy of Grace Acosta
Grace Acosta’s younger sister models a costume made by their mother.

In elementary school, I learned the story of Thanksgiving: the desperate and starving Pilgrims, the beneficent Indians (we didn’t use the term "Native Americans" back then), the celebratory feast that brought the races together.


Local mixologists refresh classic cocktails with holiday twist

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Turn Bar & Grill bar manager Brian Holquin pours a drink blended with the flavors of the holidays in mind.

Every year, when I take down the bins of sparkly baubles and bright garlands from our attic, I reach first for the soft, red cloth bag I keep pressed against the inside of my largest box of decorations.


Ways to gather good manners ’round the table

Courtesy of Janine Gerzanics
Young ladies learn manners at a dinner celebration hosted by Junior Manners Cotillion, a local program that teaches children etiquette for the table and beyond.

During the holidays, children try extra hard to make good impressions. After all, everyone would rather be considered nice than naughty this close to Christmas.


How to store decor and plan festivities with no fuss

Courtesy of Amanda Kuzak
Storing holiday decorations in containers makes opening the season a stress-free affair, advises local organization guru Amanda Kuzak.

In theory, holiday decorating and entertaining should be joy-filled occasions, but preparation and parties can be stressful if you’re not organized. To stay happy and relaxed this holiday season, combine the two to make preparation part of the party.


Mincemeat pies taste good to the fruity core

Courtesy of Andy Kavanagh
The mincemeat within Filo Pastry Mince Pies adds healthful fruits to the holiday feast.

During the holiday season, gathering with friends, family and colleagues means one thing: festive indulgence and excess.


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