Photography: Kelly Harmer
The festive season is a magical time of year, but it can also be pretty stressful if you’re wearing the hostess with the mostess hat!
Enjoy the party as much as everyone else, pull together a stunning yet low-cost festive table, wow your guests and decorate like a pro with these easy entertaining and table tips that put the fun back into festive…
For a modern touch make decorative snowy trees by rolling card into cones and adorning with glitter, sparkly twine and cute little pom poms. They look wonderful grouped together on the dining table and they don’t have to be in traditional colours either. Think outside the box for a wow factor!
As an alternative to Buck’s Fizz, try mixing cloudy apple juice and elderflower syrup into your prosecco instead. It’s delicious, light and refreshing – perfect for Christmas Day morning.
Colour schemes tend to have the most impact when around only three are used, which is great as you can think what you already have and build from there to save buying all-new. Metallics are particularly wonderful during the festive season as they give a sense of occasion and fun. Think black, white and gold for a bold yet classic statement, red, green and gold for a more traditional look, blue, white and silver for an icy vibe or go trendy with a mix of rose gold, white and pink. I also love the rustic vibe using wood and greenery. Follow through in your tablecloth, chargers or placemats, candles, baubles, crackers.
Create a stunning table centrepiece by collecting pine cones (a great job for the kids), spraying them with glitter and placing in a glass bowl or around a candle in a hurricane vase. Simple and low-cost, yet so effective.
To save having to cook a Christmas Day starter and the main roast at the same time, take the stress away by serving a cold starter that can be prepared in advance or prepared away from the oven area, like Melon and Chorizo with a Honey and Balsamic Jus.
Make your own bar cart and allow guests to help themselves by using a tea trolley or covering a small table in festive cloth. Include a variety of glasses, ice bucket, mixers and of course drinks. Dress it up with a party sign, festive decorations and perhaps even a cocktail making book.
Use a thin white chalkboard marker on manilla card or brown paper to make your own festive sign or personalised placemat for the table. Your guests will really appreciate the effort and it saves having to write place name cards too.
Memorable canapés can really set the tone for a great gathering and impress your guests. Think little bites that aren’t too messy and don’t require cutlery. I personally love Dried Apricots and Fresh Sage wrapped in Bacon and drizzled in Maple Syrup. Parmesan flakes, Rocket and Pear Slices dipped in Black Pepper and Olive Oil then wrapped in Parma Ham is also a winning combination.
To easily create a snowy white winter table, line mirrors on top of a white tablecloth and add lots of candles and fake snow. It’s so simple yet so effective and incredibly classy. Take it one step further by hanging glass beads or crystal garlands from the ceiling light for an extra bit of sparkle. Perfect for a New Year’s Eve shindig too.
Until next time,
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