A few weeks ago, my sister threw a Christmas party for family at her eco-friendly condo. The colour palette- sparkling silver, deep burgundy (a nice twist on the traditional "poinsettia red"), accented with bold black. She complimented the silver chandelier by using polished silver chargers and candlesticks on a slate silk dupioni pintuck tablecloth. She also rented black napkins and decorated glass vases with handmade paper pomanders, which took minutes according to my crafty sister. The result: a polished, yet warm and inviting atmosphere to compliment the "mediterranean potluck" menu.