If I could, I'd stuff a stocking for all of you (and offer non-Christmas-ey tokens where appropriate). If you are tuning out for the week, please have a safe, healthy and magical holiday. For those who enjoy festivities surrounding Twelfth Night, I came across one more table styled by Kerry Moody.
There are some fun, very New Orleans-influenced ideas to pull from this setting: the traditional gold and white, the swan-shaped cream puffs, the shimmering metallic almonds, and the crowns. A tall croquembouche really adds a merry yet elegant note too. (Ordered from a bakery these are not inexpensive.) It's essentially a pretty pyramid of custard-filled cream puffs glued together with caramel. The example on Moody's table is embellished with flowers.
If you are adventurous and want to try making a croquembouche on your own, Martha provides instructions here. I ordered one a few years ago but don't have any friends who've attempted the tower yet.
Learn more about camellias here.
The second image from the top is from Karen Carroll's Entertaining with Southern Style.
Image three is courtesy Martha Stewart. The mini stockings were made by Becky Vizard.