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Deck the halls…and the table!

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Christmas is a hectic time of the year, but also a time that allows us to be truly creative. The Christmas table is one of the ways in which you can let your imagination run wild and your creativity shine. However, with everything else that needs doing, sometimes it can take a back seat. So we have put together a few tips to make it a little easier for you to have your most beautiful Christmas yet.

Plan ahead

How many people are you seating? What is being served and how is it being served? Will you need use of the table for dishing up? How much space is going to be available? Do certain foods need certain cutlery or crockery? What drinks will be on offer? What glasses will you need? There is actually a lot to bear in mind. Make sure that everything is taken care of so that once the table is set (try and do it on Christmas Eve) you aren’t rushing around last minute to find glasses or spare spoons.

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Look to nature

Buying decorations is always exciting, but sometimes the most beautiful pieces can come from outside. If you have flora growing nearby, such as holly, ivy, mistletoe or fern, then use it to decorate the table. Wood is also a great source of effective and free décor!

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Consider your lighting

While mood lighting is lovely, people also want to see what they are eating. The addition of candles and fairy lights on a table can add additional lighting to a room.

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Take things higher

Creating different height levels when laying the table adds depth and interest. It can also help to create different spaces if you need extra things on the table. If you need table space for dishes of food, why not think about creating a centerpiece that hangs above the table.

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It’s the little things

Details are so important. From the placement of a decoration, to the addition of a small gift for each guest: consider everything when planning and laying your table.

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Go back to basics

Stick with plain white or neutral coloured crockery to make your other décor stand out. It is also best to have a neutral based colour theme to your decorations that can be enhanced by the addition of bolder tones. Think grey with silver and duck egg or stone with gold and black. If the base of your decorations are simple then each year you can add something extra that makes it different to the previous year.

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Here are a couple of different table setting styles for inspiration

Elegant

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Traditional

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Natural

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Bold

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It’ beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

…And we couldn’t be more excited if we tried! If we had our way the festive period would last longer, for one, it would make winter far more fun! So we thought we’d give you a round up of ten reasons why this really is the most wonderful time of the year (it was pretty hard to narrow it down!)

  1. Christmas songs

Carol singing, classic crooners, timeless classics. Belt them out! Ooooh well I wish it could be Christmas everydaaaaaaaaay…

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  1. Festive food

Three words…pigs…in…blankets. The list of food that we love over Christmas is actually pretty endless and while we love some of the more high-end fare, we are equally happy that at Christmas it’s acceptable to have chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner-right?

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  1. Festive drinks

As our last post shows, we love a festive tipple. The biggest problem is choosing which one to have! If all fails, we are more than satisfied with drinking champagne with every course over the festive period.

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  1. Christmas Parties

What better place to enjoy all those festive drinks than at a Christmas party. Be it work, with friends, distant family. Christmas is the perfect time to let your hair down, gorge on canapés and of course get the glad rags out…

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  1. Party outifts

Which leads us on to another favourite! Christmas is the time of year where it is perfectly acceptable to wear glitter and/or sequins at every available opportunity…that can include you too boys!

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  1. Buying presents

We love the feeling of picking out perfect gifts for our love ones, or making them, for an even more personal touch. We just wish the shops weren’t so busy!

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  1. Wrapping presents

Once you’ve battled the hoards, is there anything better than having a bit of quiet time, with the tree lights on, Christmas music in the background and a glass of mulled wine while wrapping all the gifts. And don’t even get us started on the actual wrapping paper…so many choices for beautiful gift wrapping-it could have a section just for itself on this list!

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  1. Christmas films

Home Alone, Elf, A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Santa Clause the Movie, Love Actually, Die Hard!! The list goes on; all brilliant!

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  1. Decorations

The possibilities are endless! The tree, the rooms, outside, the table…so many places to make look pretty! No wonder it involves months of planning and pinterest board pinning 🙂

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  1. The main event!

It all comes down to the big day. Waking up early with excitement (it’s not just the children), opening stockings, bucks fizz for breakfast (not for the children!), sharing presents, Christmas dinner and passing out in front of the TV through over-indulgence, perfect!

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December 7, 2014 · 10:39 am

Christmas time, mistletoe and…cocktails!

As you may have gathered from previous posts, we love a festive tipple. We wanted to share with you some exciting seasonal drinks that will hopefully inspire a bit of a change to the usual offerings. As we are dealing with drinks, who better to ask to create a selection of tantalising cocktails than our friend Aaron from Box Seventy Seven (a fab mobile cocktail maker with an incredibly cool converted 1977 Citreon H Van!)

So without any more rambling, a tasty selection of christmas cocktails to make…which one will you try first?

Fleur 75:

Bombay Sapphire Gin, Peppercorn Syrup, Lemon, Freshly Cracked Black Pepper, Prosecco

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Cherry Fondue:

Bitter Sweet Hot Chocolate, Cherry Liqueur, Brandy

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Fathers Fizz:

Bacardi 8 Year Old Rum, Lemon, Honey, Egg White, IPA Beer, Freshly Grated Nutmeg (Bruleed)

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Beaver Tail Flip:

Whiskey, Vanilla-Cinnamon Syrup, Egg White, Bruleed Sugar and Nutmeg top

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Starry Eyed Surprise:

Apple Cider, Winter Spiced Syrup, Lemon and Soda

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Enjoy!

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