Hello and Merry Christmas readers!
I’ve been a bit absent through this holiday season, which is a shame as I love this time of year. Even though it has been difficult to find the time for blogging, I’ve managed to come up with something a bit different for today’s post.
I really enjoy hosting and it’s something I am hoping to do a lot more of in the new year when Jack and I finally become homeowners (it’s been such a long time coming for us). This weekend we really did test ourselves by inviting some of our friends over for a Christmas party and cooking them a full-blown Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings, including two types of dessert as well! Although there are only six place settings for the purpose (and symmetry) of this post, we actually catered for nine people this weekend so it was very full-on! This post isn’t really about that though, it’s about the extra touches that I, personally, feel go a long way in hosting a party.
Today I’m going to talk you through some simple ideas to dress up your table/space if you are entertaining guests this festive period. The look I created was so inexpensive as I had most things anyway and wouldn’t take you a long time to organise/put together.
The look I had in mind was simple and earthy and I had one very specific, recurring thing I wanted throughout, Eucalyptus. I absolutely love the aesthetic of this plant and love it during this time of year (well all year round really!). Although it was a bit of a struggle to find fresh Eucalyptus where I am, I finally managed to find some from a Florists stall in Plymouth’s Pannier Market. I chose to lay stems of this in any gaps on the table rather than make it the center piece. For the middle I instead went with very simple, and readily available, Gypsophila. I used a small vase that I purchased years ago from a place called China Blue which I think makes wild flowers look beautiful. I placed it on a wooden display/chopping board for added height and to give a bit more interest for the large gap in the middle of the table. I think fresh flowers really do make such a difference if you’re dressing up a table and I’d go as far to say that they are an essential. You don’t need to have a wide variety, you can just stick with two that compliment each other like I’ve done here.
So the next thing I thought about was how to fill the other large gaps of the table. I decided to add in a couple of candles because they’re good for creating ambience and giving a little more light. I then also scattered some pine cones around the center area because they brought in a darker colour to the palette and also fitted with the earthy theme. I already had these items at home but these are very easy and cheap to get hold of and pine cones can often be found laying around a conifer, so a Wintery woodland walk might be very fruitful if you’re looking for some.
For each place setting I decided to keep it simple by placing a folded linen napkin on each plate. I then made miniature wreaths from Rosemary sprigs by simply bending them (gently) into a circle and securing tightly with a double knot of twine. I tied them into bows after this to finish them off. Nestled inside the wreaths I used name tags and practiced a little bit of my calligraphy to write each of our guest’s names; I was chuffed that everyone took theirs home at the end of the night. This is a really inexpensive way to impress your guests and would be very simple to accomplish even if you can’t do calligraphy- I am really not the best at it in all honesty!
Finally, under each napkin I placed a cocktail menu for the evening. Jack very kindly helped me make these as he is a whizz in Photoshop! Of course we used a lovely illustration of eucalyptus and included some of our favourite cocktails to offer our guests. We love making cocktails at home and even go to the lengths of making our own syrups to go in them so it was nice to be able to let our friends try them out. I was worried this seemed a bit pretentious but I love a well-crafted drink and would actually really appreciate it if I went to a dinner party with this. I think I will do a post with some of the drinks featured on this menu ready for the New Year celebrations so keep an eye out for that!
And that is pretty much it! It’s such an easy way to make a great impression on your guests and as I am always very much a people pleaser, it makes me very happy to know that people had a great time, decorations or not! I always love going that extra mile and never really like doing things in half-measures.
I hope this has given you some inspiration if you’re entertaining over the next week and please let me know if you try any of these out or your top tips for dressing a table for a party! I’d love to see more creations and ideas.
I’ll hopefully be back with another post soon before New Years but Merry Christmas to everyone, I hope it’s filled with love and joy.
Lots of love,
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