Meghan Markle’s Top Holiday Decorating Tips to Steal

published Dec 21, 2020
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Before she met Prince Harry and became the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle was an actor and a lifestyle guru, offering up tons of tricks and tips on The Tig, her now-defunct lifestyle blog, and in interviews and press appearances.

Back in 2015, she spoke with Grazia and gave her guide to hosting the perfect Christmas with friends, and while the coronavirus pandemic means large gatherings are not safe this year, there are still several nuggets of wisdom to be taken from her festive routine.

Your table can be simple and still festive

Markle shared that she prefers a clean and crisp holiday tablescape, opting for all-white tablecloths, runners, and napkins, while allowing the napkin rings and plates to be the stars of the show. And instead of using tall vases as centerpieces—which might limit your sightline when at the table with guests—the former “Suits” star is a fan of using mint julep cups or Moscow mule mugs as low vases, filling them with herbs or fresh white florals for an elegant touch. She’s all about mixing and matching when it comes to serving hors d’oeuvres, suggesting flea markets and Etsy to source unique serving trays, platters, and nut bowls for your holiday gatherings.

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Garland can go anywhere

When it comes to statement-making decor, she loves adding garland to unexpected parts of the home. In addition to wrapping garland around a stairwell banister or mantle, Markle shared that she loves outlining a centrally located mirror or beloved piece of artwork for a chic twist on traditional decorating.

Though we might not catch a glimpse of the holiday decor inside her new Santa Barbara home with Prince Harry and baby Archie, the rare glimpses we have gotten seem to indicate that Markle’s affinity for clean, minimalist decor is still firmly intact, so it seems likely that her holiday set-up will be very much the same as the family celebrates their first holiday season as California residents.