Christmas Countdown

Only two more sleeps until Christmas and the last minute preparations are now upon us. That means wrapping the last of the pressies, making some of the food for the big day and thinking about decorating the table.

Here are a few ideas for all of the above. I always try to keep it simple when it comes to the table, there’s enough going on with all the food and drink to make life harder and simple often looks best. Keep to a traditional colour scheme such as silver, gold or red and white and bring out all your best glass ware, cutlery and plates. Mix and match for an eclectic look and finish with a small centre piece. Mine this year will be red berries or rose hips in a small cut glass vase. For extra Christmas sparkle, spray with hair spray and sprinkle with glitter, I find the edible glitter looks better as it is finer and more delicate.


Berries are the essence of Christmas and can be used in so many ways to add decoration. This simple wreath looks so effective sitting on top of the napkin.


Decorate a jam jar with a ring of berries and a tea light for a perfect table piece


Make a bunch of berries go further by splitting them between a row of jars or bottles.

All the above images from The Simple Things.


Use a jam jar or kilner jar to display cutlery for a more informal dinner.


Simple & beautiful, try making napkins,if you still have time from red ticking fabric, available from Ikea.


I love this idea of using a tartan blanket for a table cloth.


How simple and chic is this table? Black cloth and a single fir tree branch, a sprinkle of glitter or gold stars and the table is set.


Red and white again, my favourite by far


For some last minute wrapping ideas, try making these decorations from drinking straws. I’ve seen the paper striped retro straws at Homesense.

These simple ideas take two minutes but look amazing. Go in the garden and get snipping, use some butchers twine or garden string and white printer paper and that’s it! 

When you finally sit down to put your feet up and relax, I can highly recommend these two winter cocktails that myself and Mr B tried last week at the Malmaison Hotel in Liverpool.

Mr B, being a whisky connoisseur went for the rusty nail which is a blend of 1.5 scottish whisky to 0.5 Drambuie finished with a slice of lemon peel.


I drank a Christmas Mojito, called the Red Rudolph Mojito and it was delicious. To make blend 1.5oz of spiced rum with 2 oz of ginger beer, 12 mint leaves, crushed ice, 1 teaspoon of sugar and slices of lime wedges.

Finally my culinary Christmas offering, of which there are few, as Mr B is the cook in our house, is this simple (notice the over use of this word?) but spectacularly lovely desert. Affogato is an Italian staple which is just the best vanilla ice cream you can afford, drizzled with a strong hot espresso and if you want to be extra adventurous or decadent, a shot of Baileys or Amaretto liqueur, and that my friends is it!



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