Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Christmas Edition: Table Setting

My Favourite holiday is only a month away, I am already thinking about this year's preparations, you see the whitecottage gets christmasfied for a whole six weeks.

Today I wanted to discuss the Christmas day table, it is very important that the table looks festive and inviting.

I keep Christmas celebrations similar each year because we want traditions to stick into our munchkins minds like with any tradition. I cook Christmas foods, serve Christmas drinks, we do Christmas activities for a whole 6 weeks.

Each year I choose a colour theme which I follow throughout the whitecottage, this includes the gifts, the decorations around the whitecottage and the details on our lunch table.

We live in Queensland which at Christmas time is super hot, we usually pop the white marquee in the garden and set up our table and vintage chairs and let the decorations start.

The staples on our Christmas lunch table are special crockery, crystal and vintage cutlery that only comes out on special occasions

Followed by fresh flowers or herbs from around the garden and the bits and pieces we buy to decorate.

 I always keep ribbon in the house.
*a simple bow tie just makes the chairs that much more special
 These oversizes lanterns are just perfect for an outdoor lunch they are easy to assemble, inexpensive you can find them at just about any bargain store.
*The trick is to buy them in three different sizes and hang them at different levels.
  The table should always have some flowers or greenery, this time of the year our rose garden is thriving so choices are aplenty.
 To make maximum impact and give the perception that there are lots of flowers and greenery as table centre pieces place individual flowers in a small vase, I found this vintage one at the antique centre but old pickle or jam jars will do, tie the same ribbon as the chairs to keep it uniform.
 place it at the top of each plate
Water glass, red & white wine glasses all place in a group.
If you don't have any crystal it's ok I also use different size pickle or jam jars for drinking glasses they look fabulous.  
Christmas Bon Bon
Make your own
 I love placing little gifts inside each Bon Bon that the guests will actually use later, for example for these Bon Bons I placed small hand creams and nail polish for the ladies and some gorgeous paper clips and a harmonica for the gentlemen. 
It wouldn't be a Bon Bon without a joke and a Christmas hat, everyones faces brighten up when they open their cracker and they serve two purpose it's a napkin and a Bon Bon
 a square linen napkin
 2 pieces of ribbon to tie each size
a piece of cardboard
a pen to write the joke on the cardboard
sticky tape
small gifts,
Christmas hat 
How To
Tie the cardboard into a cylinder
place on top of the linen napkin
insert the gifts
roll the napkin and tie a ribbon on each side
this will make it like a bon bon
if you don't have a cotton or linen napkin a good quality/thicker napkin will be just fine
for the Christmas hats I buy some cheap crackers and remove the hats.
For the jokes you can ask the little ones to help you or just google Christmas jokes
and VOILA!!!! here you have it
A beautiful Christmas Table

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