One of my favourite things about December are the gatherings and opportunities to eat copious amounts of food with people I love. I grew up in a family that had lots of parties and dinners and as an adult it's been something I've replicated, and loved. I've also nailed simple entertaining at home over the years, after many many a misadventure, and am looking forward to entertaining simply this Christmas; a Solstice dinner, a couple of Christmas breakfasts (favourite!) and a 'fake' family Christmas dinner with my in laws.
The case for keeping things simple this Christmas...
I have taken successive steps over the last few years to simplify Christmas and this year is the best yet. No presents at all for the adults means I have more time and energy for the fun stuff like making and faffing and yes, laying pretty tables (something that happens to bring me great joy, which is good really as it's become such a big part of my job!). You don't need to cook really fancy food this Christmas to make it magical (Hello Christmas breakfast!), nor do you need formal silver wear, gazillions of courses and the 'right' wine glasses either.
I have written a feature for 91 magazine about simple Christmas entertaining which you can read here. In it, I share my tips for keeping things simple, and share some inspiration for a simple festive table too. I include a breakdown of the styling in the photo's as well as my sources for candles, linens, glass wear, crockery...the works.
I hope you enjoy it!
This Saturday I am running a workshop with Sara from Me and Orla in which I will demonstrate some festive table laying, and share my tips and inspiration to help you lay yours. There will be rustic herbal wreath making, fancy present wrapping, tons of Instagram and photography tips, a lot of mulled stuff, a delicious lunch from Abel and Cole and an amazing goody bag too. There are still places left if you fancy joining us- more info here!
P.S um, omg, thank you all for your Calendar purchases! We doubled our initial targets and will be able to give an amazing chunk of money to the I Do Community. The shop has now closed and we have been bowled over by the response. We love you all!