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I'm hosting Christmas lunch this year; there will probably be about 16 to 18 people to feed. However before I start to think about the menu I like to get my table decorations sorted. My theme this year is white and gold mixed with natural elements.
This table includes the 3 key ingredients I'm looking for: Gold, white and natural elements. Really like the little timber look Christmas trees on the napkins. It's been a really interesting exercise searching the net for inspiration. Some of the tables I found are totally over the top and dare I say very impractical. Really what's the point of crowding the table with decorations leaving no room for the food or for guests to see each other across the table? I really think that less is more and that simple always looks the best. What's your theme this year for Christmas? Do you even have a theme? Are you hosting Christmas lunch at you place this year? Merry Christmas, Toni
I sit at my computer intending to write about something else and end up thinking about Christmas. It's so hard not to as it's such an all-consuming time of year. It's a time when you need to be very organised, gifts need to be bought and wrapped, house needs to be decorated while an endless amount of food needs to be bought and menus planned.
not complaining, as I love this time of year. I love having the family together
sharing food and drink. We also have a bit of a tradition on Christmas
Day, after the presents have been opened and food eaten we usually have a fun
game of Trivia, girls v's boys. It's always hilarious as the kids usually make
up the questions. One year the questions were actually about the kids, what is
their favourite colour? What year were they in at school when Mrs. so and so was
their teacher? You know the sort of questions I mean. It was very funny and of
course the Mum's killed it, the boy's didn't stand a chance.
This year my mum
has taken control of the questions so it should be another very funny bunch of
questions. Hopefully the girls will continue their winning streak!
When decorating a room for Christmas your focus should be on family, colour and joy. In our homes, we try to embrace the concept of family and joy but often skip the colour element when decorating. This fact hit us both recently, while we were out on one of our many shopping trips. We thought we would take a look at the beautiful Christmas decorations for sale and immediately, we were both drawn to the white and more neutral decorations. That’s not to say we didn’t enjoy looking at the colourful baubles and dancing Santa’s, but when it came time to make a purchase, we both went for decorations that were neutral in colour and that incorporated natural materials. I guess, our style could be described as more Scandinavian or Nordic in design. We think white, combined with natural finishes.
When embracing this style, the colour red is sometimes included. Red berries, tree ornaments or Santa Stockings all look great with this Nordic style, but its important to not over do it! The mix of white, cream, gold and red feels fresh. Throw in some natural pieces and you are on your way to creating the perfect, calm, holiday room.
If red is not your thing, why not add some black! Combining black, white and gold creates that modern, rustic Scandinavian Christmas style. However, be wary of using black ornaments on a green tree, as they can easily become transparent. Using black on a tree branch is far more striking or simply include black when decorating the Christmas table.
Here in Australia, we may not have the snowy, white, winter scenes synonymous with a Scandinavian Christmas, but it is still possible to create your own take on this style. Stick to a simple colour palette, include natural elements and avoid the flashy, glitzy decorations.
Well finally, after a long wait, our crim mesh screen door has arrived as well as the railings for our stairs leading to our front entrance.
As you can see, I went for a plain, black door and tied it in with a black balustrade down the stairs. I remembered the old saying that less is more, so I decided on a simple scroll along the top and combined it with square, vertical posts.
Next year, we will tackle the pathway that will lead to the street, the letterbox and pave the stairs and front verandah.