Decorating the table for Christmas dinner is one of the last things I do decorating wise and today on the blog I’m going to share with you how I decorate my table for the day.
I took these photos a few days ago, Sam came round for Christmas dinner as he will be spending the day with his family and I will be with mine. We decided to have our own Christmas dinner celebration before the day itself… our “Merry Not Christmas” celebration.
This is the view of my dining table from the living room.
As there were only 2 of us eating Christmas dinner I chose to seat us opposite each other, the big space between us would be utilised with dishes of veg and the condiments.
I chose to decorate the table with my glittered deer ornaments, a cute little Christmas tree from Asda, pompom fairy lights, tiny baubles and these lovely vintage glass mushroom and pine cone decorations that were given to me by my Mum.
I used old beer bottles as candle holders either side of the deer and Christmas tree.
The crockery and cutlery are from Asda and I really love how festive they look together.
For our dinner I cooked roast parsnips, roast potatoes, carrots, peas, mashed potato, sprouts, stuffing and a mediterranean nut roast which I served with gravy and mint sauce. For dessert we had toffee pecan roulade.
I like to have a check list of things that I run through around a week before the big day – it gives me time to re-assess what needs doing, what has been done and anything that may have been overlooked.
Here’s how my list normally looks
Presents and Cards
All Cards written and sent (the last day for UK mail to be sent in time for Christmas is 18/12/18)
Presents bought (list names)
Wrapped (cross through names)
Presents still to buy (List Names and items next to names)
Check if you need more paper, sellotape or tags
All decorations put up
Clean and mop floors
Hoover – especially under the tree (live or fake, both shed!)
Damp wipe surfaces and dust
Tidy all main rooms guests will use
Keep sink and kitchen sides clean and clear
Make sure there are crackers for the table
Check candles and candle holders if you are using candles as part of the table decoration
Check that you have a lighter or matches that work!
Create a Christmas song playlist – I use Spotify.
Food and Drink
Run through menu and write a list of items needed (regardless of whether you think you have them!)
Go through list and check items you have got and cross off what you already have
Check drink levels – wines, spirits, beer, pop, juice, non alcoholic drinks (buy more if needed)
Check party food (crisps, nuts, nibbles, cheese, crackers, chocolates and buy if needed)
Make sure you have basic food (salad, bread, butter, soup, beans etc, again buy if needed)
Check toilet roll supply
Washing Up Liquid
If you have a pet, make sure you have enough food for them
Stock up on batteries
If I think of any more then I will be sure to add them to this list!
My style can be described as being bright, fun, non-traditionalist, hippy and boho, and my Christmas decorations really embrace my style. I’m not a huge fan of tinsel or traditional Christmas decorations, though I do add elements of the traditional into my decor.
I have Christmas trees, fairy lights and stags,but not in traditional colourways, I prefer white or black trees, my stag decorations are bright pink and glittery, instead of tinsel I choose bead ropes, marabou feathers and pom-pom trim. I have really bright baubles on my black tree and have chosen little dinosaurs to hang from my other, scroll down to see the photos that I have taken of my non-traditionalist, seasonal decor!
I didn’t want to hang my wreath on the front door because, well, its Wales and it rains! Not just that but I really didn’t want to get him all dirty either. I hung my wreath on the next available door – the door to my downstairs living room.
Joy lights which I have placed on the shelving unit opposite the door to my living room. This is the first thing people see when coming into my home.
My small tree that I have decorated with multi-colour fairy lights, pom-pom trim, marabou feather trim and tiny plastic dinosaurs!
Here’s a close up of the dinosaurs!
My second tree which is decorated with beaded ropes and baubles.
A close up of one of the decorations on my black Christmas tree – my initial!
Pink stars, green stars and purple stars also adorn the tree.
Skull and Crossbone upcycled tree which I’m thinking of having as my table piece for Christmas dinner.
My pink glitter stags, my mini Christmas Tree and its pom-pom decorations (which are also lights!) on my back windowsill.
Here’s a close up of one of the stags! I’m really liking the effect the rain on the window has!
And lastly, my santa card peg fairy light garland.
How have you decorated your house for christmas? Do you have a theme or colour palette that you use?
There are so many different Christmas decorations available now, from cute, retro funky baubles to minimalistic metallic ones. With the array that is on sale its easy to get overwhelmed so I’m here today to give you some ideas with your Christmas decorations!
I think the easiest thing to do when deciding which decorations to choose is to first come up with a theme and colour palette before actually purchasing any decorations. Here are a few that I really love….
Traditional – Green, red, gold.
Minimalistic – Metallic silver and one colour.
Bright – Pink, blue, yellow, orange, lime green.
Pastel – Baby pink, baby blue, lemon and soft green.
Jewel – Red, gold, green, blue, purple.
Galaxy – Metallic blue, green, purple and pink.
Retro – Bronze, gold and metallic brown.
Elegant – Black, white and silver.
Once you have chosen your theme and colour palette you can then choose the colour of your tree, and with so many different colours and styles to choose from sometimes it can be hard to know which colour to go for. Here are some ideas for you…
Once you have decided on the best tree for your theme the next thing to decide upon is the lights for your tree. There are 4 main ones to choose from – coloured, cool white, warm white and bright white. Coloured are the more traditional sort of fairy lights with bulb colours of red, green, blue and yellow, cool white give off a blue tinged light, warm white lights are yellow toned and bright white lights give off a brilliant white light.
I would choose Coloured lights (like these) for the Bright and Retro Theme
Cool White lights (like theses) work well with the Pastel and Galaxy Theme
Warm White lights (like these) work well with the Traditional Theme
Bright White lights (like these) work well with the Minimalistic, Jewel and Elegant Themes.
Now that you have chosen your theme, tree and lights we can now look at the fun stuff – all the shiny baubles and other decorations to hang on the tree!!!! First though, you should decide whether you want tinsel on the tree or not? I personally dislike tinsel, having Aspergers means I can be hyper-sensitive to certain smells and tinsel is one of those things that I don’t do well with smell wise so I choose not to use it at all. However, there are alternatives to tinsel including beaded ropes (like these) which come in many different colours, marabou feather trim, ribbons and other haberdashery trims works well too and you can buy that in many fabric or craft shops. Whatever you decide on pick out one colour from your colour palette so as not to overwhelm the other decorations.
Choose big baubles in one colour from your palette and add smaller ones in either the same colour or another from your colour scheme, mix up finishes to add interest (choose shiny ones, matte ones, glitter finish, dimpled etc) and if you want, mix up the shapes of the baubles – tear drop ones work really well for the bottom of the tree where as I find round ones work well for the middle.
Select smaller baubles in differing colours (that match the colour palette of your chosen theme), again you can choose different finishes and textures. Smaller baubles work well for the middle of the tree and top. Most of the large and small baubles can be bought in multi packs and are fairly cheap to buy so you can add as many or as few as you wish to your tree!
Now for the extra fun bit, choosing the eye-catching elements! These elements are things like bows, shaped baubles, clear baubles, and baubles with special finishes (like these iridescent ones) Most of this type of decoration are the ones that are sold as single decorations (and are a bit more expensive than the regular baubles) and are designed so that you only add one or 2 of the same one to the tree, this means that the eye will be drawn to them, add a fun element and are a way to really personalise your theme. Most places that sell trees will sell this type of decoration, I have found Asda and B&Q to be good places to have a look as they carry a good range! Whatever you choose, have fun with these decorations and add as many or as few as you wish!
What sort of theme are you choosing for your decorations?