Trees that are Tops!

Celebrate the season with a show-stopping tablescape.

This season, we give you a few options to help make your holiday that much more festive. Our first look? A tribute to Princess Ka’iulani…

Once-upon-a-time, not-so-long ago, peacocks roamed freely throughout Waikiki and on the grounds of the historic Moana Surfrider. We chose this location and theme for this particular tree because it offers a splash of tradition while providing a new look with vibrant colors and sparkle.

Perched on the front lanai of the Moana Surfrider, our tree is adorned with large feathered birds (pictured in top left). Splashes of purple, royal blue and turquoise colors are found throughout. Atop the tree is a birdcage festooned with feathers, purple cymbidium, orchid blooms and faux peacocks. The richness of color pops against the white of the resort creating a dramatic contrast. Nestled within the tree, silver Moroccan-style lanterns shine, powered by battery-operated candles.

Our second design contrasts a non-traditional setting with an all-white holiday tree (tree pictured on opposite page). The startling and amazing grafiti walls of Kaka’ako inspired us to highlight their artistry and juxtapose the e° ect of the art with a softly and romantically designed tree.

Have you seen the walls when you have driven down Nimitz? If not, drive down the highway and take the time to appreciate the artful beauty that surrounds you. You will gasp at the collection of art throughout the area and appreciate why we used it as our backdrop.

White, snowy birch branches in addition to white, silver and gold ornaments complete the soft contrast between the tree and the mural. Angels herald the Hawaiian gods and hanging, oversized rhinestones add shimmer and reflect the sunlight. Glittering gold and silver branches and layers of teardrop crystals enhance the twinkling effect.

Moving forward to New Year’s Eve—while we may take our tree down before New Year’s, we utilize branches and ornaments from the earlier holiday and give them a second life for the upcoming celebration.

Note that we paired pieces from the tree with platinum confetti linens and then draped the linen over one of the tables at Azure—the gourmet restaurant at The Royal Hawaiian. We also utilized Moroccan lanterns and added a few silver, cylinder vases. Adding to the dramatic effect, treetops burst forth out of these containers, while others were filled with silver and gold ornaments; snowy pine branches nestled within. Silvered, Italian glass charger plates, wrapped with sequined napkins and finished with pearl napkin rings, complete the look.

Any tree can be disassembled and décor utilized to add your own creative touch to your table setting. The possibilities are only limited to your imagination.

Event designer Steven Boyle’s high-end design concepts have captured the imagination of his clients worldwide. His award-winning style has been recognized by multi-national organizations, hotels and destination management companies. For more information, visit

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