Slightly delayed in writing this post as I was diverted from my desk yesterday by an email from Chatty Man! Some tickets had come available and did I want them? Oh yes! So we rapidly made arrangements for the boys, felt it might not be appropriate just to leave them a note and Mr F and I were on the train to Waterloo!
So tune into Alan Carr Chatty Man on Friday night and see if you can spot us in the audience! The line up was amazing – James Blunt, Bette Midler, Keith Lemon and Sam Smith.
Back to work! Is anyone on the Drake & Morgan mailing list? A Touch of Frost & The Hope of Snow: Here’s What’s On Our Wish List landed in our mailboxes this week? Did you see the little feature ‘Fashion your festive table’? We will elaborate!
There is nothing more enjoyable than being a little decadent at Christmas. A time to go over the top, to be extravagant. This doesn’t need to cost the earth and you don’t necessarily need to use the traditional colour palette of red and green associated with Christmas.
Taking inspiration from one element can be the kick start to your design. Our colours were chosen to complement the Drake & Morgan Aubergine glass tumblers which we mixed with gleaming copper tones. I would suggest choosing a colour theme of no more than two or three colours.
Think about how you plan to cater. If you like all the food in the centre of the table for guests to help themselves, a long centre display might not be the best option. Instead go for small groupings with space for platters of food.
Set out your table with essentials, such as place mats, cutlery and glassware. This will enable you to work out how much room you have left for styling.
Add t-lights and votives in groups along the table and use something to give areas a bit of height, I like to use vintage books. I also prefer to use lots of different t-lights and votives, rather than all the same, using some for simple flower arrangements.
Fill some of the votives with flowers, herbs, foliage and berries – go out foraging! Trail Ivy between your arrangement and down the length of the table. Another simple addition is to add a sprig of rosemary, perhaps some seasonal berries into a pocket fold in the napkin.
I like my Christmas table to last, so will have a less formal table for family on Christmas day and add name and menu cards for a dinner party with friends.
T-light holders, votives, books, domes, chairs Vintage Style Living
Aubergine Glasses, Cocktail Glasses, Cutlery & Plates Drake & Morgan
Flowers Violets & Velvet
Photographed by Claire Naylor Photography
As with all these shoots, there is quite a lot of planning and a lot more involved in the few images you see in print. So to follow, there will be the tutorials – adding some sparkle to your party glasses and a how to make and amazing fresh Wreath for Christmas.
If you’d like to buy some of these gorgeous t-light holders and votives, head over to Vintage Style Living and check out our new website! We are opening the barn every Wednesday until Christmas by appointment, so do get in touch if you’d like to visit.
Until next time!
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